Saturday, September 10, set the stage for another Carmel Mountain Music and Arts Festival held at the Thunderbird Golf Course. The day featured live entertainment, mouth-watering food, closest-to-the-hole golf contests, farmer’s market, arts and crafts booths, and an incredible car show.

The festival started off screeching as nearly 100 cars lined up to participate in the car show with cars from the early 1900’s to present day hot rods on display. The Soup Showdown had nearly a dozen competitors battling for the title of best soup around.

Festival attendees had the chance to sample the flavorsome soups and vote on their favorite. It was a big hit with the crowd and after much conversing and lots of tasting, the champion of this year’s top honors went to Paul Bingham from the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts of Mount Carmel Junction with his incredible Danish dish.

Vocal artists Sherrie Bate and Carrie Belcher supplied great tunes throughout the day and local Doug Keller drew in the crowd with his famous cowboy poetry.

DOCUTAH was also part of the mix with several documentary films being shown in the afternoon. The Southern Utah Swingers Jazz Band, led by Kortney Stirland, provided live musical enjoyment before blue grass masters Cold Creek closed out the night with an enthralling performance with their signature musical talents captivating festival goers.

Cold Creek’s dynamic sound even caught the attention of the wind and Cold Creek finished up their set indoors to wrap up another fantastic year at the Carmel Mountain Music and Arts Festival.

Lois Lamb, of Orderville, stole the show, however, and won a street legal golf cart from the Thunderbird Restaurant and Golf Course.

“What a fun day for everyone who was able to attend,” said Kelly Stowell, CEBA Executive Director. Stowell also remarked, “We appreciate everyone involved, especially the volunteers and sponsors who make this annual event possible. We look forward to next year’s event.”

Event sponsors include the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts, Thunderbird Resort and Golf Course, Dixie State College, DOCUTAH, Volunteer Center of Kane County, Kane County Office of Tourism, Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, Paul Bingham, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, White Mountain Trading Post, the Town of Orderville, Orderville Fire Department, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Barry Glazier, and Kane County. We appreciate all the volunteers who continually give so freely and especially for festival attendees.