Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration
May 18 & 19, 2013
Jim Thorpe, PA
Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce
Thorpe, a Native American, one
of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, and our town's namesake.
Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe (Sac and
Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk) (May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953) was
one of the finest athletes ever to take any field. He won Olympic gold
medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football
at the collegiate and professional levels, and also played professional
baseball and basketball.
In 1950, The
Associated Press named Thorpe
the greatest athlete of the first half of the twentieth century. In
1999, he was ranked third on their list of top athletes of the 20th
- What's Going On
The 18th Annual
Jim Thorpe Birthday
Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19,
2013 at Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe.
starts with a Native
American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on Saturday, May 18 at
10 AM, followed by the carrying of the lighted torch by the Olympian
Cross Country and Track teams to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium.
After lighting the torch for the Carbon County Special Olympic Games
the runners proceed on through town to Josiah White Park where they
light the Olympic torch.
weekend includes free musical performances,
Native American folklore, dancing and drumming, craft and food vendors,
a clown for the children, a large Chinese Auction, and a
show at the Opera House.
crafts, vendors, great food,
outdoor and Opera House performances will be in town all weekend for
your enjoyment. For more information, contact Anne Marie Fitzpatrick,
Event Coordinator, at 570-325-9281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking in town itself is challenging on any weekend. The best thing is
to simply avoid trying to park on Broadway. Instead, use the Carbon
County Municipal Lot behind the
downtown train station.
If you are
arriving in Jim Thorpe on 209S
from Stroudsburg, bear right through the light and in approximately 50
yards on your right, you'll see the lot entrance. If you are coming
then cross the bridge and go left at the light. From Nesquehoning on 209N
just proceed straight through the light. In about 150 yards you'll see
the lot on your left.