U.B.I.C. has been a proud tradition in the Uintah Basin since 1923. It has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1923 when it stood for the Uintah Basin Industrial Corporation. When it first started, it was about "promoting the building of canals, reservoirs, to buy and sell land and water rights, to promote, own and operate sugar factories, railroads, hydro-carbon veins... and all work relating to these activities.”
More than 3,500 people gathered in Ft. Duchesne for the first U.B.I.C. in March 1923. Cars and covered wagons filled with people from around the Basin came to learn more about homesteading and how to irrigate crops and find transportation to sell their crops at market. Many of the women attended lectures about diseases and how to can food safely.
Each year, there were other things added to the celebration such as games, parades, tennis tournaments, and concerts. In the 1935 Duchesne County paper there is a small article which commented on the annual road work completed to accommodate the yearly event. “About this time of season, the wretched stretch of road between Roosevelt and Fort Duchesne has a little dressing up, just enough to keep it smooth for the governor and the state officials who must traverse it on their way to the convention.”
There was a brief hiatus during World War II, the festivities resumed in 1951. These days, U.B.I.C. is a week long celebration filled with sporting events, concerts, fireworks, food, and most importantly, fun.