Weekend Festivities Planned for Murray's 100th Birthday Celebration

Weekend Festivities Planned for Murray's 100th Birthday Celebration

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News Specialist Keith McCord reportingCitizens of Murray have been celebrating all day today, and they'll continue through the weekend.

It's a birthday party for the city -- it's 100 years old today.

People have lived out here for much longer than that. In fact, the first group of settlers came here in 1848.

To celebrate its heritage, the city has all sorts of activities going on. It started at noon today with a party. There's ice sculpting areas.

Tonight, there will be a light parade that winds thru town, complete with ice skating, a dance and fireworks.

Another birthday is being celebrated here as well, because tomorrow is Statehood Day. It's the 107th anniversary of when Utah became a state.

So, all sorts of things are going on in Murray today on Saturday as well -- video presentations, exhibits, all relating to Murray's past -- which had a rowdy reputation back in the old days when the smelter was operating.

For the festivities, current Mayor Dan Snarr is in costume, and is dressed to look like the town's first mayor.

"We have events that will be going on today and tomorrow. And then we'll have events that will go on the entire year with the culmination of the dedication of the brand new high school that we're so proud of here in Murray. And at that time, I may also consider shaving my mustache," Snarr says.

And for a bit of trivia: the town of Murray is named after Eli Murray. He was the territorial governor when this area was first settled.

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