Float builders share their ‘visions’ in Pioneer Day parade

Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News

Lori Farnsworth sits on a float she and her husband, Jason, built for the Days of ’47 Parade during a preview event at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy on Monday, July 17, 2017. “I figured if I’m going to built it, then I want to be on it,” says Lori.

SANDY — When Lori and Jason Farnsworth were asked by their church leaders to build a large float for the annual Days of ’47 Parade, they were terrified, they said, because they had never done anything like that.

The Farmington couple said they attended the parade last year, and at the time wondered how they could build anything like the floats they were seeing.

“How are we supposed to be able to do that?” Lori Farnsworth recalled thinking.

“This is our first year,” she said. “Talk about scary.”

But after “a lot of foam, a lot of glitter and a lot of time,” the end result was well worth their efforts, Jason Farnsworth said.

“To see it all work, it’s really fun and cool,” he said.

The Farnsworths’ float was one of 42 on display Monday morning for a Pioneer Day parade preview at the South Towne Expo Center. The event continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints assigns congregations from Salt Lake and Davis counties to build floats for the July 24 morning parade. Businesses, colleges and other groups can also build floats for the parade.

Before she began the process of building a float, Lori Farnsworth said she “didn’t even…

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