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By Kent Larsen

Cedar City 150th to Feature President Hinckley

CEDAR CITY, UTAH -- Cedar City's 150th anniversary celebration November 10th will feature a keynote address by LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley. The address will be part of day-long celebrations in the southern Utah town of 20,000 people, which expects record attendance at this year's birthday celebration.

President Hinckley is scheduled to speak at the celebration's Sesquicentennial Gala, to be held at Southern Utah University's Centrum at 7:30 pm on November 10th. The Gala is one of three events that the city holds to commemorate its anniversary each year.

But this year, since the celebration is the city's 150th anniversary, the city expects much larger crowds than in past years. In addition to the Gala, traditionally held in the city's historic Old Rock Church, the celebration includes a banquet, which precedes the Gala, and a Ball after the Gala. But this year the events have all been moved to Southern Utah University facilities because of the larger crowds. The banquet will be held in the Sharwan Smith Center at the University, while the Gala, expected to draw a crowd of 6,000, is in the Centrum. The Ball has also been moved to SUU's Sharwan Smith Center because of an expected crowd of 500 couples, up from the 15 to 20 couples that normally attend.

The Gala will also feature narration by LDS Church member Fred Adams, founder and director of the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. And music at the Gala will be provided by a special chorus and orchestra made up of nearly 200 musicians, drawn from local performers, under the direction of SUU professor Gerard Yun.


Hinckley to speak at Sesquicentennial Gala celebration
St George UT Spectrum 29Aug01 N2
By Ed Kociela


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