Join us for the Grand Parade as it travels from Highland Elementary School, goes south on 6000 West, turns east on 10400 North, and ends at south of Heritage Park. The street will be closed to vehicles along the parade route. We ask that vehicles not park along the street during this time too.
Highland Fling Theme: "What a Wonderful World"
Event Held: Saturday, August 3rd
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Place: Highland Elementary School (10865 N. 6000 W.) to Heritage Park (10400 N. Alpine Hwy.)
Cost: Commercial Entry (non-Highland business) $200, Commercial Entry (Highland business) $100, Non-Residents $100, Politicians $25, Sports Teams & Cheerleaders $25, Non-Parade Entry (handing out promotional items along the parade route) $25, Highland Residents, Church Groups, School Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, City and Government Entry $0. Pre-registration is required and will remain open through Thursday, August 1st.
Please view the 2019 Parade Handbook (PDF).
*Please have candy walkers along your parade entry passing out candy to those behind the white "fog line". No throwing candy or water from vehicles.
- Parade Registration Now Closed
2019 Parade Info:
View the parade route; it starts at Highland Elementary School, goes south on 6000 West, turns east on 10400 North, and ends at Heritage Park. This event is chaired by the Audrey Wright (parade helpers needed this year!)
Sponsor: Central Bank
Contact: Audrey Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Grand Marshals - Shauna and Woody Larson
Highland City is proud to announce Shauna and Woody Larson as the 2019 Grand Marshals of the
Highland Fling Parade. You can view them leading the parade on Saturday, August 3, at 10 am which will
travel from Highland Elementary to Heritage Park.
Shauna was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, and Woody in Murray, Utah. They were married in 1975
and formed a blended family with Shauna’s three children and Woody’s two children. Together, Shauna
and Woody added two children to their family. They thought their family would never leave Bountiful,
but in 1986 they had a feeling that they should move. After looking in various locations, Shauna and
Woody felt a strong impression to move here to Highland. They instantly fell in love with the beautiful
city and its surroundings. They got horses and loved raising their children here. Even now with their 25
grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a few more on the way, Shauna and Woody “don’t ever want
to move anywhere else” and are fortunate to have all of their family living close by, from Riverton to
Woody made his career as a meat cutter, working for several stores. He has also owned a landscaping
business and has been a Real Estate Consultant. In retirement, Woody finds joy in being an avid Family
Historian and working with the Highland City Arts Council where he does most of the computer work by
managing the website and doing plenty of the behind the scenes heavy lifting.
Shauna found a love of art as a young child and she could often be found drawing and painting. In high
school, she was inspired by, Mr. Jardin, her art teacher and her passion deepened. He saw Shauna’s
potential and would enter her art in various art shows without her knowledge. To her surprise, she won
show after show! This motivated her to continue her art and she was awarded a full scholarship at The
Art Center School in California. Shauna ultimately chose to stay in Utah, and was able to continue her
art studies at Weber State University, Utah Valley State College, and Brigham Youth University. She
became an art teacher and loved her teaching career which lasted many years at Mount Jordan Junior
High and American Fork Junior High. While at American Fork Junior High, Shauna had the opportunity to
learn computer skills and start the school’s computer lab. This training eventually led to a new career
path in Information Technology (IT) services.
While her daytime IT career lasted 20 years, Shauna continued to teach art on the evenings and
weekends. She couldn’t give up her passion for art and Woody was there for her every step of the way.
“He was always there supporting me. He’s the wind beneath my wings and I couldn’t have done any of
it without him! He’s always been there for me whether it was tending the kids, or making dinner, or
helping with the house so that I could teach.” Woody continues to be a quiet supporter. While much of
what he does is in the background, his support has allowed Shauna to fulfill all of her responsibilities as
the Arts Council President for the past 9 years.
Shauna became the President for the Highland City Arts Council in 2010. Although she hadn’t been part
of the group before, Shauna saw there was a need and knew she was the one who needed to fill the
role. Shauna thought she would serve for 2 years, but at that point just didn’t feel she was done. “I just
love it! The kids, the people, the programs, I just love it.” Shauna has built the Council from one
program to 15-20 programs and events. She is “the glue that keeps the Arts Council together.” –Kurt
Ostler, Highland City Councilman.
Luckily for Highland City, Shauna has yet to feel like she is done with her role as President of the Arts
Council. Under Shauna’s direction, the Arts Council has expanded to offering choirs, chamber groups, a
bell choir, many forms of art classes, summer camps for kids, theater productions, art appreciation
groups and so much more. They also aide in hosting City events such as cookie decorating at the Easter
Egg Hunt and Craft Day with Santa. Shauna knew when she started this position that the Arts Council
could do so much more for the arts and for Highland, and it has! With the existing volunteers, Shauna
helped recruited more council members and together they have done an amazing job at bringing quality
art programs and events to Highland City.
Shauna has also put together an impressive Fine Art show during the Fling each year and makes sure
that City Hall has a variety of changing art on display, much of which is done by local artists. Shauna and
Woody have watched Highland grow from one corner store to what it is today and Shauna has made
sure that the history of Highland has been preserved through art by commissioning artists to paint some
of Highland’s original homes and buildings. She is also very thoughtful of the community and has had
special art pieces done for our Library, Fire and Police Departments. Wherever Shauna is, you’ll find
Woody by her side carrying paintings, moving stages, or passing out supplies.
Linda Littlefield, Arts Council member, sums it up beautifully, “Shauna and Woody- two of the most
selfless and devoted people I know, who have an undying desire for the wellbeing of Highland City and
Shauna and Woody have been an integral part of Highland City for 33 years and we are so fortunate to
have them as part of our community! They are humble and state that they feel undeserving of this
recognition, but their contributions to our City truly have been impactful! It is Highland’s privilege for us
to honor them for their service to the City and all its residents.
History of Highland Fling Grand Marshal(s)
1978 - None
1979 - None or Unknown
1980 - None or Unknown
1981 - None or Unknown
1982 - None or Unknown
1983 - None or Unknown
1984 - None or Unknown
1985 - Marie & Mahlon Peck
1986 - Earl & Thelma Chidester
1987 - Marianne Williams
1988 - Merlin Larson accompanied by wife Marie Bush Larson
1989 - William & Dorothy Blomquist
1990 - Reed Thompson with wife Genevieve Thompson
1991 - Yukus & Mary Inouye
1992 - Glen & Dorothy Strasburg
1993 - Ron & Erlene Burrell
1994 - Eric & Yvonne Adamson
1995 - Duane & Vicki Forsyth
1996 - Richard & Lucille Stowe
1997 - Clarke & Wini Jensen
1998 - Ron & Carole Stutz
1999 - Larry G. Miller & James A. Hewlett
2000 - Alfred & Valois Paxman
2001 - Neal & Barbara Evans
2002 - Unknown
2003 - Kathryn Schramm
2004 - Jeannie & Johnnie Iverson
2005 - Carl & Luella Bennett Day
2006 - Steven & Janet King
2007 - Darwin & Charlotte Poulsen
2008 - Glen & Laurie Vawdrey
2009 - Unknown
2010 - Boyd Wilson
2011 - Emmett “Cyclone” Davis, Eldon Hinckley, Darwin R. Miner, and Louis Latimer
2012 - Vern & Pat Romney
2013 - Lloyd & Rebecca Hansen
2014 - Jess & Ann Adamson
2015 - Glen & Brenda Thurgood
2016 - Ron & Kim Jewett
2017 - Don LeBaron – first mayor of Highland
2018 - Jay W. & Gwyn Cox Franson
2019 - Shauna & Woody Larson
If you have any information that can help us fill in the gaps, please contact us at: Events@highlandcity.org or 801-772-4507. Thank You!