Southern utah news in brief

The fun will continue on April 10 with the D-Queen Pageant. Talented DSU students will take their skills to the spotlight as they compete for the coveted crown and title of D-Queen. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cox Performing Arts Center, and admission is $10.

America’s Got Talent Finalist Comedian Preacher Lawson has been selling out shows across the United States and will bring his entertaining stories and magnetic personality to D-Week on April 11. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. in the M.K. Cox Auditorium and admission is $5.

Then be sure to bring family, friends and everyone you know to make history by participating in a record-breaking event at 6 p.m.

on April 12 on the Innovation Plaza South Field. Students and the community will come together in attempt to break the Guinness World Record for a group of people eating the most donuts.

Get ready for the weekend with D-Week’s most anticipated event — the Great Race. Relay teams of 10 will run, pedal, swim, scoot and slide their way to the finish line. All ages can join in the race, and community members are highly encouraged to participate. The race starts at 5 p.m. on April 13 in Trailblazer Stadium. Following the race, community members are invited to a night of fun, food, treats and games at Dixie’s D-Week Carnival on the South Encampment Mall at 6:30 p.m.

“Although SUMA is a new, state-of-the-art facility, we want to ensure the permanent collection is preserved for future generations to study and enjoy,” said SUMA Director/Curator Jessica Farling. “This assessment will also help the museum prepare for national accreditation through the American Alliance of Museums, which we must start planning for now.”

The United Utah Party will be holding its Washington County Convention at Dixie Middle School in St George on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. This will be the first of five UUP county conventions in preparation for the UUP state convention on April 28 at Midvale Middle School in Midvale. The Washington County Convention comes on the heels of the UUP’s record-breaking turnout on caucus night last month, when over 900 people participated in United Utah Party caucuses throughout the state.

“We were thrilled with the response to the caucuses, and we look forward to carrying that momentum into our county conventions,” said Richard Davis, the United Utah Party Chair. “It’s clear that Utah voters are deeply frustrated with the broken two-party system, and more and more people are finding a new political home in the United Utah Party.”

Davis will be speaking at the Washington County Convention, where county officers for the United Utah Party will be elected. All members of the UUP are automatically designated as delegates to the convention and are eligible to participate in the process.

The Syrett family — owners and operators of Ruby’s Inn, located near Bryce Canyon — received a Distinguished Service Award from Southern Utah University. The award was presented during the university’s annual Founders Celebration, which was held March 20-24. The family was given the award for its service efforts and engagement in the communities of Garfield County and SUU.

“Southern Utah University is proud to recognize the Syrett family for its uncommon warmth and hospitality in welcoming people from all over the world to Garfield County and Bryce Canyon,” said Mindy Benson, vice president of alumni and community relations. “The Syrett family and SUU share a common link as each was built by courageous and hardworking pioneers who expand the horizons of others and have succeeded in the face of daunting barriers.”

“We are honored to be among those awarded by SUU,” said Lance Syrett, general manager at Ruby’s Inn. “Each member of the Syrett family loves giving back to the community, and we are grateful to know that our efforts are making a difference. We don’t serve to be recognized or receive awards; we do it because it is the right thing to do.”