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.


Mark your calendars: the 102nd Black & White Days celebration will be May 15-20, 2017!

We want to thank all the students from Park Elementary who participated in the Black and White Days Billboard Contest. There were many creative entries to choose from. We appreciate everyone's excitement to be involved in our community. The winners are: Paisley Loyet, 1st place; Jocelyn Miranda, 2nd place; and Aisha Misrasi, runner up. Congratulations!

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 16

  • 1:30 pm Junior Cattle Show
  • 2:00 pm Richmond Black & White Days JR Show

Wednesday, May 17

  • 10:00 am Collegiate, FFA, and 4-H Judging Contest
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm Hamburger Stand (Richmond City Youth Council
  • 5:30 pm Exhibitor Dinner & Judging Contest Awards

Thursday, May 18

  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Hamburger Stand (Richmond City Youth Council)
  • 12:00 pm Western Spring National Holstein Show & RWDCA approved Red & White Show Heifer Classes
  • 6:00 pm Richmond Heritage Cattle Show
  • 5:30 - 8:00 pm Hamburger Stand (Richmond City Youth Council

Friday, May 19

  • 9:30 am Hostein Cattle Dairy Show
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Hamburger Stand (Richmond City Youth Council)
  • Dusk - Movie in the Park: Moana. Concessions by Richmond City Youth Council

Saturday, May 20

  • 7:00 - 10:00 am Chuckwagon Breakfast [$4/person or $15 for family of 4]
  • 8:00 am Cow-A-Bunga Race
  • 8:00 am Horse Show
  • 9:00 - 11:00 am Dairy Food Show Entries Due
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Highland Games (Utah Heavy Athletics)
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Family Activities in the Park
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Relic Hall Tours
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Booths and Food Vendors
  • 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Hamburger Stand (Richmond City Youth Council)
  • 2:00 pm Dairy Food Show Awards and Door Prizes
  • 5:00 pm Parade
  • 7:00 pm Horse Pull [$5 for adult (12 yr or older), $3 for children 3 yr to 11 yr, free for children under 3 yrs]

B&W Days Scholarship and Little Miss Pageants

2017 Black & White Days Royalty

(l to r) Tiffany Robison, 2016 Attendant; Jayden Christensen, 2017 Attendant; Abby Palmer, 2017 Attendant; Jenny Carver, 2017 Queen; Krystal Jensen, 2016 Queen

The Little Miss Pageant (open to second grade girls) will be held on May 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Richmond Theater (city building); the public is invited to attend. The evening begins with a talent portion followed by the crowning. All who participate will receive a special award. Parents, please watch your daughters school folders for the entry form and more information.

For more information on either of these pageants, please contact Rhonda Davis at bdavis6789{at} and (435) 881-1713 or Sandy DeGasser at sandydegasser{at}

Utah Heavy Athletics demonstration

2017 Utah Heavy Athletics demonstration

Utah Heavy Athletics will again compete in nine Scottish StrongMan events on Saturday, May 20th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Cow-A-Bunga Race

2017 Cowabunga Race

Register now for the Cow-A-Bunga Race held Saturday morning, May 20th.

Who do I call about...

Click here for contact information of the main committees for Black & White Days.

If you are interested in renting booth space for Saturday, May 20, click here for the application. Applications and payments are due by May 1, 2017.

Parade registration information may be found here.