St. George Chamber of Commerce Festival

Taste of Dixie Returns to Southern Utah


Polynesian dancers from Siva Pasefika delight the crowd with a hula.
Polynesian dancers from Siva Pasefika delight the crowd with a hula.

It’s back! After a one-year sabbatical, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the family friendly community festival, Taste of Dixie on October 20 and 21 at the Washington City Community Center MultiUse Field and adjacent ball fields. More than just food–although there will be plenty of that–this event is designed to show all that southern Utah has to offer. From learning about various local businesses, to nonprofit organizations, to those honing an art or craft, this promises to be no ordinary festival.

“This is a fantastic way to get your business in front of a lot of people–we estimate upwards of 10,000 are expected to attend this two-day event,” says Pam Palermo, President and CEO of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. “This festival really gets to the heart of who we are as residents of Utah’s Dixie, and showcases our diverse array of organizations and services.”

Red Stone Olive Oil in St. George greets festival goers
Red Stone Olive Oil in St. George greets festival goers

With the cooler autumn temperatures, the Chamber has invited American Legion Post 90 to host their Annual Chili Cook-off at Taste of Dixie. Proceeds from the Chili Cook-off benefit the various activities the Legion hosts including: Boy Scout flag retirement ceremonies, sponsoring the Sentinels Baseball Team, Wreaths Across America, and The Annual Veteran’s walk/run. With help from JRW Rods & Customs, one ball field will be dedicated to a free classic car show with attendees selecting a favorite car with the People’s Choice Award.

New this year is a maker space for kids to design and innovate in conjunction with the Utah State University Extension Program. For those who need another reason to attend, the Chamber will also be giving away a southern California trip for two provided by Get Away Today. “We’re thrilled to host the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and their Taste of Dixie community festival. We love that they’re encouraging citizens to shop local,” says Washington City Economic Development Director Wendi Bulkley. “We think this is the beginning of a great partnership.”

Employees from Dr. Wayne Christian’s office in St. George get in the spirit of the festival.

No stranger to events, the St. George Chamber of Commerce hosts a weekly Wednesday luncheon featuring trainers and inspirational speakers, an annual golf tournament, awards gala, movies in the park, and a healthy business challenge. With the merger of the Washington City Chamber earlier this year, more than 800 businesses are now part of the organization. The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce exists for the benefit of each member, and aims at maintaining and developing a community in which businesses and families can thrive.

“Our Chamber services the business needs of the whole county and beyond, and we are especially glad to have such a deep partnership with Washington City, our hosts for Taste of Dixie,” Palermo adds. “Times change, but building relationships remains the key to generating a vibrant, thriving business community. Taste of Dixie goes a long way in providing a platform for those relationships to grow.”

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