“Short Creek” also known as Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT is located on highways UT 59 and AZ 389. Short Creek is perfectly positioned in the center of some of the world’s most beautiful natural monuments with a short 45-minute drive to Zion National Park, 80-minute drive to the Grand Canyon North Rim, and 2-hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. The area is noted for its natural beauty, being surrounded by towering vermilion cliffs, red sandstone mountains, and the Arizona strip (one of the nation’s largest open areas). It is a sparsely populated area with a population of less than 10,000 residents.
Short Creek is the traditional home to the Mormon Fundamentalist movement. In the early 20th Century, the area became a gathering place for those who believed in the Mormon doctrine of plural marriage commonly referred to as polygamy. Today, the area is populated by a variety of members who have left the faith or moved in from other areas. There is still a strong polygamist presence, however the town is also quickly becoming a hotbed of traditional American values such as self-sufficiency and democracy. The community is rapidly evolving and moving forward as schools and businesses are growing in the area.
The Colorado City Music Festival is a venture of Sweet Salt Records. Tom Bennett, the founder of the label, has worked with many of the locals including Dawn Bistline-Cooke to develop a high-end family friendly music festival.
The first festival was held at Maxwell Park on April 22, 2017. It featured 6 bands performing everything from folk music to pop funk. The event drew numerous vendors, all food vendors completely sold out of food as the festival saw 1,000+ attendees that day.
There was a bounce house for the children, food vendors, and numerous artisan vendors. Many local and regional business were in attendance. All sponsors had their logos placed along the stage in full view of the audience as well as the media and their cameras.
The festival was 100% funded entirely by sponsors like you.
There was a great deal of media coverage for the festival. Local, regional, and national news sources gave our unique music festival an abundance of coverage.
The festival was featured in USA Today, Fox 13 Now, ABC 15 Arizona and much more. View the full press coverage here.