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Heads up! Wheat and Beet Days is almost here!

This year’s Wheat and Beet Days celebration for Garland City is happening sooner than it has in the past — five weeks to be exact.

This year the two-day event will take place Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, at various locations throughout Garland City. The fun will begin with a children’s parade on Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m. starting at the Garland LDS Tabernacle and ending at the city’s park. Following the parade will be the All-Star Games at 6:30 p.m. and PAWS for Applause, a state fair agility dog trials competition.

The city’s popular Junior Miss and Junior Mister pageant for tots ages 2-5 will begin at 6 p.m. and the night will end with a movie in the Park, Disney’s 2019 “Dumbo” at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 29, is jam-packed with fun activities. First up is a library-hosted breakfast at the city offices from 7 to 9 a.m., along with a fun run and 5K event starting at 7:15 a.m. The annual Wheat and Beet Days parade begins at 500 S. heading north along Main Street at 10 a.m.

Activities at the park will start at 11 a.m. and go on throughout the day. The traditional fire department water fight will be at 3 p.m. at the Garland LDS Tabernacle and a Garland vs. Tremonton softball game will begin at 6 p.m.

Booths, flag football games, fish ponds, bounce houses and more will finish off the day, with the band Kap Brothers Band performing at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

This is the 89th annual Wheat and Beet Days celebration.

Look for the 2019 Wheelon Award winner in next week’s Leader.

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Going for the horns

Cooper Stokes, of the Spikers rodeo club, competes in steer wrestling at the Utah High School Finals Rodeo in Heber City. See more photos and read the results of local competitors on page A7.

Tremonton native wins national bread-baking contest

Tremonton native RaChelle Hubsmith’s bright purple Chai Ube Rosette Rolls caught the attention of judges and the public, earning her the title of 2019 National Festival of Breads Baking Competition champion in the Home Baker Division during the festival earlier this month in Manhattan, Kansas.

“I’m still a little bit in disbelief that something like this just happened to me because there’s so many wonderful bakers,” Hubsmith said. “Some of the best bakers I know were in this competition with me, and it just blows my mind that it was my recipe that was chosen.”

Hubsmith’s purple sweet potato-inspired Chai Ube Rosette Rolls won the public over and earned Hubsmith the Public Choice Award.

A graduate of Bear River High School, Hubsmith is the daughter of Lyle and Vickie Godfrey of Tremonton.

Hubsmith’s recipe “was a very popular bread at the contest,” Kansas Wheat Commission Program Assistant Jordan Hildebrand said. “Everybody who passed by her kitchen was just amazed at the consistency of her rolls as well as the color.”

As the Home Baker Champion, Hubsmith was awarded $1,500, a year’s supply of Red Star Yeast and the opportunity to attend a baking class at King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont.

Hildebrand said it was an honor to have the eight talented finalists at the National Festival of Breads.

“RaChelle is an amazing baker,” Hildebrand said. “She had a really innovative product that just makes beautiful bread.”

Hubsmith said she is grateful for the support she has received from the local community.

“It’s just so amazing to me how much the community has gotten behind me and supported me,” Hubsmith said.

According to Hubsmith, all the ingredients for her recipe can be found locally, including the purple sweet potatoes, or ube, as they are known in the Philippines.

The National Festival of Breads competition is the only nationwide amateur bread-baking competition.

The competition named the eight finalists, four in the Food Blogger Division and four in the Home Baker Division, in May. Each of the finalists won a $500 cash prize and a trip to the festival.

“The contest itself is a really great opportunity for us to interact these bakers all around the country,” Hildbrand said. “It’s a way for us to connect with them and their wonderful talent.”

The finalists also attended a wheat harvest tour, which included a visit to a wheat farm and flour mill.

During the festival, the eight finalists baked their recipes, and attendees could sample each baker’s bread and ask them questions and tips. Festivalgoers also voted for their favorite entry.

For Hubsmith’s Chai Ube Rosette Roll recipe, visit the National Festival of Breads website at

For the future, Hubsmith plans on hosting a baking class for local children using baking kits provided by King Arthur Flour. For more information or details, anyone interested can email Hubsmith at

Municipal election fields set as filing period ends

The fields are set for this fall’s upcoming municipal elections in several Box Elder County cities and towns, with some seeing long lists of candidates and others running uncontested.

The deadline for candidates to file was Friday, June 7, and many answered the call.

For those races in which there are more than two candidates for an open seat, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The general election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 5

In Tremonton, four candidates are running for three seats on the city council. Councilmembers Jeff Reese and Diana Doutre will not be running for reelection, leaving Lyle Vance as the only incumbent seeking another term.

The three new candidates are Connie Archibald, Scott Dahle and Richard Seamons. The top three vote getters will win the three seats in Tremonton.

The Garland election will be similar to Tremonton’s in that there are four candidates and three available seats. Incumbents Linda Bourne, Joshua Marble and Kevin Stay are seeking another term, and joining the fray is James Munns, who will try to unseat one of the incumbents.

It’s a crowded field in Honeyville, where 12 candidates filed to run for three open seats, forcing a primary election on Aug. 13. Read more about the Honeyville election on page A6.

Bear River City will hold an election for city council positions on Nov. 5. The candidates are Brian Anderson, Jared Holmgren and Scott Ritter.

In Corinne, Julie Reeves, Kelly Donovan, Trever Cottam, Karen Caldwell and Irene Jensen are all running for city council.

Deweyville has two candidates, Jacob Rees and Jared Doman, seeking a spot on the town council.

In Elwood, Mark Lay is running unopposed for a council seat.

The Fielding race features two council candidates, Kirk Coombs and Shane Marsh.

Council candidates in Howell include Joshua Anderson, Rex Nessen, Dakota Tuck and Byron Tuck.

Plymouth has five people vying for spots on the city council: Diana Udy, Paul Marshall, Burke Udy, Suzanne Mahoney and Tyler Rose.

In Portage, Tyson Nielson is running unopposed for a spot on the town council.

Snowville candidates include Rodney McGary and Orlando O’Hare.

Box Elder County is once again conducting a vote-by-mail election. For primary elections, voters will receive their ballots in the mail in late July. For the general election on Nov. 5, voters will receive ballots in the mail in October.

Voting can still be done in person at the Box Elder County Courthouse in Brigham City.