ST. DAVID — The annual St. David Pioneer Days, a celebration that got its roots in 1877 when a small group of Mormon pioneer families settled along the San Pedro River, was observed on July 22-23.

Organized by the St. David Heritage Society, every year the community of St. David commemorates its history and early settlers through this annual festival with a goal of preserving the area’s culture while building connections throughout the broader San Pedro Valley community, said Sue Kartchner, a member of the Heritage Society and one of the event organizers.