Black & White Days
The very first Holstein show in Richmond was held in 1912. Local dairymen drove their best Holsteins into the old LDS tithing yard (where Harris Dairyland is now located). Judges rode through the herds and picked out the best cattle.
A short break in 1913-14 was due to a national emergency caused by hoof-and-mouth disease when nearly ALL livestock shows and auctions were closed in the efforts to prevent the spread of the disease and to eradicate it from herds. By 1915, though, the disease had been stopped (through vaccination and the destruction of infected animals and herds) and the show resumed. Since then, the show has continued uninterrupted.
As the cattle show and sale continued to grow, other events were added to the celebration. Carnival rides, food vendors, footraces, and a parade were incorporated. The Saturday evening horse pull now caps the week-long event.
98th BLACK & WHITE DAYS
This year marks the 98th Black & White Days celebration!. Events begin on May 14 with the cattle show. Friday, May 17, will be our 'new' tradition of music and a movie in the park. Saturday dawns with the Chuckwagon Breakfast (prepared and served by the city council) and the Cowabunga Race. Numerous booths and fun rides open at 10 am in the sports field area just west of the grandstands. The parade begins at 5 pm; it starts at 600 South State Street, heads north to Main, then ends in front of Park Elementary. At 7 pm the Draft Horse Pull begins.
The booths and horse pull are sponsored by the Richmond Lions Club. All proceeds go to the club to aid in their many services. The main service events include help in purchasing eyeglasses for students whose families can't afford the cost of the exam and the glasses, the city Easter Egg Hunt, and the city Christmas Lights. The Lions also help maintain the new nature park on 300 South.
Click on the link above for a schedule of events taking place during the week (May 14-18). This includes the cattle and horse shows and all the events being held on Saturday.
If you are interested in having a booth for B&W Days, please contact the Richmond Lions Club at richmondcitylions[at]gmail.com if you have questions. Click here for the application to request a booth.
The parade will he held on Saturday, May 18th, at 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please click here for parade route information and the application. There is no charge to participate in the parade but we do request everyone who wants to participate to please fill out the entry form.
Please note that we don't allow vendors to sell items along the parade route. You are allowed as a participant to have people walk (or jump rope) as the parade moves along. If you have any questions, contact Terrie at terrie[at]richmond-utah.com or 435-770-9061.