LEHI, Utah (April 25, 2022) –– Thanksgiving Point is honored to announce that it has been awarded five 2022 Utah Best of State medals. This is the ninth consecutive year Thanksgiving Point venues and restaurants have achieved Best of State award status.

Award highlights include Thanksgiving Point being named “Best Entertainment Venue” and “Best Event/Performance Venue,” along with the Tulip Festival once again being named as “Best Fairs, Festivals, and Events.” The Museum of Natural Curiosity and Harvest Restaurant also took top honors again this year.

“It is a great privilege for Thanksgiving Point to win five Best of State awards this year. I am extremely grateful for Utah Best of State and for our exceptional team of 500 employees and 700 volunteers that work together to bring the joy of learning and wonders of the natural world to life.”

McKay Christensen, CEO of Thanksgiving Point
  • Best Entertainment Venue – Thanksgiving Point
  • Best Event/Performance Venue – Thanksgiving Point
  • Best Fairs, Festivals, and Events – Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival
  • Best Museum – Museum of Natural Curiosity
  • Best American Traditional Fine Dining Restaurant – Harvest Restaurant

Thanksgiving Point won its first Best of State award in 2013 for Best Event/Performance Venue. Since then, it has won several awards in different categories within the Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism division and in the Dining Establishments division. Thanksgiving Point was also awarded the Best of State Statue (BOSS) statue in 2013. The BOSS is awarded to the most outstanding Medal winner in each division.

This is the second time Thanksgiving Point has been awarded five medals in one year. In total, Thanksgiving Point has received 32 Best in State medals.

The Best of State Awards are designed to recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in the state of Utah. The three criteria used to judge candidates are achievement in the field of endeavor, innovation or creativity in approaches, techniques, methods, or processes, and contribution to the quality of life in Utah. Each nomination is reviewed by more than 100 judges and is judged solely on its own merit.


About Thanksgiving Point 

Thanksgiving Point is a community-owned nonprofit garden, museum, and farm complex founded as a gathering place and gift to the community. Created in 1995 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point is a center of community engagement and transformative learning for more than two million annual visitors from around the world. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi. For more information, call 801.768.2300 or visit thanksgivingpoint.org.