Zion National Park marks Centennial Celebration with event Tuesday

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Zion National Park turns 100 tomorrow! In 1919, Zion became Utah’s first National Park and today is one of the most visited parks in the National Park system. With over 4 million visitors each year, Zion holds a special place in the hearts of each person that passes through its gates. Tomorrow we will pause to honor the past 100 years of the park and look forward to the next 100 years. We will kick off the “Party of the Century” at Dixie State University at 7:30pm. The event is sold out and we are so happy to share our work with our local community. Take a look at the trailer for the new film titled “Where Forever Is Now”. A shorter version of this film will play in the park and replace the old orientation film that has run for the past 20 years. Tomorrow we will show an exclusive pre-screening of a feature length version of that same film. We will be going live to all of you around 5pm tomorrow, November 19th so we all can share in the celebration.

Posted by Zion Natl Park Forever Project on Monday, November 18, 2019

SPRINGDALE, Utah, Nov. 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Zion National Park continues its Centennial Celebration Tuesday with an event at Dixie State University’s Cox Auditorium Tuesday evening, which will be streamed live online.

A Facebook post from the park’s official nonprofit partner, the Zion National Park Forever Project, Monday said the following:

“The park turns 100 tomorrow! In 1919, Zion became Utah’s first National Park and today is one of the most visited parks in the National Park system. With over four million visitors each year, Zion holds a special place in the hearts of each person that passes through its gates. Tomorrow we will pause to honor the past 100 years of the park and look forward to the next 100 years.”

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The event at Dixie State University begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and includes a private pre-screening of a new feature-length film about the park entitled “Where Forever Is Now.” The trailer for the film may be seen above. 

“A shorter version of this film will play in the park and replace the old orientation film that has run for the past 20 years,” post said. “We will be going live to all of you around 5 p.m. [on Facebook] Nov. 19 so we all can share in the celebration.”

The evening will also feature Zion National Park rangers as well as a live performance from local group 3hattrio, and a screening of the newest Waddie Mitchell poem “Queen Zion.”

Mark Preiss, director of the Zion Forever Project, said: “This new film resets the definition of traditional movies about national parks. Through the voices of many diverse characters, visitors will be offered a chance to truly connect with the land and realize that being a keeper of this sanctuary doesn’t stop when you leave the gates, it is a commitment to protect these precious resources now and forever.”

For the Zion National Park Forever Project’s Facebook page click here.

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