The Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival commemorates the valiant efforts of seven Mormon pioneers who braved the 40-mile trek from Panguitch to Parowan in search of food and supplies during a devastating winter in 1864.
As they struggled through the waist-deep snow, they abandoned their wagon and oxen, but never their hope. They saw a way to forge ahead as they knelt on quilts in a prayer circle, and realized they didn’t sink. By laying a path of quilts over the deep snow they finally reached Parowan, where they were able to gather provisions and return safely to Panguitch and their fellow settlers.
The Quilt Walk Festival honors their fortitude with an original play written by Panguitch locals and performed at the historic Social Hall. The annual festival held the second week of June, is also celebrated with a parade, a tractor pull, tours of historic homes, children’s activities, and of course, quilting classes.