The new digital marquee, located in the parking lot of the Kane County Office of Tourism, was officially dedicated on June 7. Kortney Stirland, Conductor of the Symphony of the Canyons, did the honors by christening the curb surrounding the marquee pad with a bottle of vintage grape bubbly. Mayor Nina Laycook and Kane County Commissioners Dirk Clayson and James Matson also participated.   

The need for a central method of communication was initiated by Stirland in commemoration to the artisans and business owners of the Utah Highway 89 Alliance and the Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area.

When asked why he began this project, Stirland‘s response was, “because one time we gave a Symphony of the Canyons performance and only five people showed up.” That is when the decision was made to create a marquee to inform the community and visitors of events taking place in Kanab and throughout Kane County.

The project was started in January of 2011. The completed project was the result of the combined efforts of Stirland and Betty Colston, Executive Director of the Kanab Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and the various organizations of the county through their generous donations of time and money.

The marquee will not only display the date, time and temperature, but also community events, emergency notices, Amber Alerts, voting dates, etc.

The Office of Tourism staff will maintain the necessary computerized electronic information. The system can be programmed for events up to one year in advance.

The marquee has the ability to display not only text, but full animation graphic video clips. As a safety precaution, the brightness of the light emitting diodes (LED) are diminished at sundown.