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From upbeat square dancing to prehistoric artifacts, Utah is known for a variety of famous people, places and things. Find out about the images on the state flag or learn the lyrics to the state song – there’s always something to discover in Utah.
With the cherry as its state fruit, Utah boasts a long list of award-winning bakeries. Check out Gourmandise The Bakery in Salt Lake City where there’s no shortage of cherry and fruit-inspired pastries, breads and cakes. The cherry turnovers are made-to-order from a perfected recipe and fresh ingredients. For a delicious snack, grab a yogurt topped with fresh berries, jam and sugar-glazed toasted almonds. Had your fill of cherries? Try Gourmandise’s signature pecan rolls or blueberry scones. Go to www.gourmandisethebakery.com for seasonal café specials or to order a delectable cake for your next event.
The carnivorous Allosaurus roamed the Earth in the late Jurassic period, and several remnants of its existence have since been found in Utah. As the official state fossil, the Allosaurus is of great interest to paleontologists and amateur dinosaur enthusiasts alike. Learn more about this prehistoric creature and others by heading to The Dinosaur Museum in Blanding; open from April until mid-October, there’s still time to see all the exhibits and artifacts. Everything from skeletons to fossilized skin is on display, along with meticulously crafted sculptures that bring these colossal lizards to life. One of the museum’s most popular collections is Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Flight, which tells the story of life before modern day birds. Plan your trip to The Dinosaur Museum at www.dinosaur-museum.org.
The official folk dance of Utah is the square dance, and fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to do-si-do throughout the state. At Rocketeers Square Dance Club, dances are held in Murray every Saturday night from September to May. Gear up for the After Thanksgiving Anniversary Dance on November 26, 2011 in Farmington by taking a class from Jack Cowan. You can check the calendar at www.rocketeerssquaredance.com for more square dancing events in and around Salt Lake City. Next year marks the Rocketeers’ 50th anniversary, so expect the rest of 2011 to be filled with several exciting get-togethers.
Investigate the entire list of Utah’s state symbols at www.utah.gov/about/symbols.html. Did you know that the state gem is topaz, and that the official fish is the bonneville cutthroat trout? There are so many things that make the Beehive State special, so start exploring at www.utah.gov.