The first Sconefest occurred in the spring of 1995 in the small community of South Jordan, Utah. No one is sure of the exact date, for no one could have imagined what the future of Sconefest would bring. Officially, 9 people were in attendance. The festivities included scones, homemade ice cream and a heated game of 5-on-5 basketball.
The second Sconefest took place in the fall of 1995. It started out as something to do after the local high school football game got over. It is estimated that 100 people were in attendance, many of whom where unknown to the host.
Besides scones and homemade ice cream, the glow-in-the-dark football was introduced and became an instant crowd favorite. The stage was set. The future of Sconefest had no limits.
Sconefest 3 ushered in the end of an era. As high school friends said good bye and parted ways, the summer of '96 ended with scones, homemade ice cream, glow-in-the-dark football and a failed attempt at homemade rootbeer. Nobody can say what excatly went wrong with the rootbeer, but all who tasted know exactly why the cooler had to be emptied over the fence. Once again, an estimated 100 people were in attendance.
After a three-year hiatus, Sconefest returned August 21, 1999 for its fourth edition in the form of Sconefest 99. It was the conclusion to the highly successful 1999 Biweekly Barbeque Summer Circuit. For the first time t-shirts were made (albeit only 2) and also for the first time, a web site was created. The scones, homemade ice cream and homemade root beer served as segue for unforgettable moments. The Sconefest Committee was officially formed. Fierce competition and jovial camaraderie arose in the inaugural Ice Bucket Challenge. Doug Worthington favored us with two heart-warming renditions (English & Spanish) of "Choppin' Broccoli." Dave Vawdrey pulled out the guitar and pondered what life would be like if he had a million dollars. The high point came when Fatty Matt was shaved to the tunes of "Crazy Love" by Aaron Neville.
Shortly after the turn of the century, Sconefest took a bold step. On March 11, 2000, Idaho got its revenge in the form of Sconefest V: Idaho’s Revenge. The college town of Rexburg, ID was barely prepared for what was about to happen, so was the newly reorganized Sconefest Committee, which nearly ran out of ingredients. Five batches of scones were consumed almost immediately and the 10 gallons of root beer proved to be just enough.
The homemade t-shirts were quite popular and the Sconefest V soundtrack is to this day the all-time best seller.
Sconefest 6: The Sixth Sconefest was a throwback to days gone by of good old backyard Sconefests and yet maintained an eye toward the future. T-shirts were made professionally, while CD's were burned internally.
Sconefest 6 was also billed as the International Sconefst. About 70 people were in attendance from the countries of U.S.A, Canada, Vietnam and Guinea. A new position on the Sconefest Committee was created to liaise with international guests. This position was called International Liaison.
Held March 24 in Provo, Utah, Sconefest 7: The Sconefest of Highly Effective People shattered all records in the fields of attendance, shirt and CD sales, scones, rootbeer and overall enjoyment. Also, for the first time, Sconefest took a political stand. Since Utah County is ultra-conservative with a largely single-party population, many laws are passed that some might consider borderline unconstitutional. One such law, enforced by the local night club owner's snitching to police, prohibits people from exercising their right to assemble. Sconefest was proud to thumb its nose at this brand of reckless snobbery and welcome its estimated 200+ guests.
Sconefest 7 also saw the triumphant return of the "The Originals." Eight out the original official 9 Sconefesters were in attendance; many received a standing ovation upon their arrival. At the end of the night, it could be said "A good time was had by all."
Sconefest 8 was a long time in the making. Burnout on the part of the president nearly marked the end of Sconefest. But when people started unjustly accusing the president's girlfriend of being the Yoko Ono of Sconefest, he reacted to defend her honor and on May 10, 2003, Sconefest returned with a vengeance. The traditional backyard of Sconefest was in repair so Sconefest 8 moved to the front yard and to inside. The highly popular lawn sport bocce was added for the first time and the t-shirts have been called the best ever. Roughly 80 people attended and a good time was had by all.
Sconefest 9 was the least attended Sconefest since the original, but that was mostly by design. As the Sconefest president and his wife (the Sconemaster General) were about to embark on a move to Phoenix, AZ, friends met for what some feared could be the last Utah Sconefest. Sixteen people, including three small children were in attendance and it could once again be said that a good time was had by all (except maybe Sarah Vawdrey, whose mom wouldn't let her play with the electrical outlets).