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Fun Facts About Utah and a Note From Our Hosts About the Conference Field Trip

We here at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute are over the moon to host this year’s AUBER fall conference and show off our beautiful state. While some folks may have difficulty locating Utah on a map, to us Utah shines bright as a thriving, diversified state. Here are a few fun facts to know about The Beehive State:

  • The name of the state was taken from the name of the Ute Indians, whose name means “people of the mountains”
  • Utah claims to have “The Greatest Snow on Earth” and proudly puts the saying on the state license plates
  • Two very famous people were born in Beaver, Utah: Philo T. Farnsworth, the man attributed to inventing the television, and Butch Cassidy, the notorious outlaw
  • Utah is the only state where every county contains some part of a national forest
  • The first-ever KFC was actually opened in Salt Lake City, not Kentucky
  • According to a nationwide study, Utah is home to the most charitable people in the country
  • Utah gave women the right to vote before the federal government did

Salt Lake City is sprawled across a valley with a view of the often snow-capped mountains. The AUBER conference is a perfect excuse to take a trip to one of the most well-known historic towns in Utah and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

For the conference excursion we will be chartered to the mountain resort town of Park City where conference goers will have the option to take a walking tour of historic Park City or enjoy some of their world-renowned shopping on Main Street. We will then make our way outside of town to Blue Sky Ranch where attendees can relax and enjoy a game of horseshoes, take a tour of a whiskey distillery, participate in a whiskey tasting, and enjoy dinner and drinks at the High West Distillery restaurant.

You “city slickers” may even come across a real cowboy or two. We know it will be difficult, but we will eventually need to come back to reality and the hubbub of city life.

Meredith King, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

June 17, 2018

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