So, you’re coming to the Manti Pageant, welcome! As a new mom, I know how important it is to know what you’re getting into, before heading off to a new adventure. For all you moms out there (and anyone else who likes to have a plan) here is a list of things I would want to know if I were coming to the Manti Pageant for the first time.
Handicap Parking – Just southwest of the Temple Grounds on 400 north the road is blocked off specifically for handicap parking.
Paid Parking – There is paid parking available across the street west from the temple in the Manti High School Parking lot on 500 North.
Free Parking – City streets are available to park on for free. As long as there are no cones marking an area, you are free to park there. Please be respectful of driveways. Most likely you will end up parking several blocks away, I would recommend wearing shoes you do not mind walking in.
The gates open at 6pm. There are several seating options for you.
Folding Chairs – There are thousands of chairs set up just for you. My family always tries to get there when the gates open. We quickly find our favorite seats and lay a blanket out over how many chairs we need. The blanket serves two purposes – it saves our seats and keeps us warm once the sun goes down.
Blanket Area – There is a designated area where pageant attendees can lay a blanket down on the lawn to watch the pageant. If you choose to go this route I would bring a few pillows too. This could be a good option if you have little ones that are likely to fall asleep.
Beyond Temple Grounds – Just south and west of the temple grounds there is a little bit of lawn area. You may choose to bring your own camp chairs and set up there. It will be further away from the performance, but some find it more comfortable.
Jackets/Blankets – The pageant goes from 9:30 – 11pm, once the sun sets it does cool off.
Mosquito Repellent – the bugs are fierce out in the country!
Sunscreen – This really depends on when you get to the temple. If you get there right when the gates open, it would be good to have for the 3 hours you’ll spend there before the sun goes down.
Snacks – Food is allowed on temple grounds, and it sure helps my family stay excited when we bring a few treats to eat! 😉
Entertainment – As you will be sitting in your seats for a while before the pageant begins, it might be good to have something for the kids to do while awaiting the pageant.
Food – There are two main options for food:
Sanpete Barbeque Turkey Dinner – Manti City puts on a Sanpete barbeque turkey dinner each night before the pageant. They serve dinner from 5 to 7pm at the National Guard Armory (95 West Center Street). For a real Sanpete County experience, this is the place for you. The price is $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children.
Food Court – There will be a food court where dozens of vendors come and set up booths. If you are looking for a variety of food options, this is a great place! This year it will be located at 175 North Main.
Family History Tent – Have you ever wanted to learn more about family history, but never knew where to start? Each night from 6:30 – 9pm there will be a family history tent across the street to the west of the pageant seating area. There will be computers and trained historians there to help you.
Enjoy the Manti Pageant, I’m so glad you could come!