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Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency
The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency will be sponsoring their 23rd annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th. This event is in honor of James Francis Thorpe, a Native American and “Athlete of the 20th Century”.
The festivities start off on Saturday, May 19th at 10:30 am with a Native American Tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum along with Don Wild Eagle, John Thorpe (Grandson), Carlisle Guests and Native Americans. At 11am, Our Olympian Cross Country and Track Teams will carry the lighted torch from the monument to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium to light the Olympic Torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition and then down 903 to the Heights, down Opera House Hill and then down Broadway to Josiah White Park for the lighting of our Olympic Torch.
The Varsity Cheerleaders will stretch a ribbon across Broadway in front of the County of Carbon Court House prior to the arrival of the runners. Medals will be awarded to the team and coach and the resolution that Rep. Doyle Heffley had the Pennsylvania House pass declaring that May19, 2018 has been named “James Francis Thorpe Day” in the Commonwealth will be read. Town dignitaries will also be invited to honor this occasion with their presence.
A Large Birthday Cake will be presented, cut and pieces sold as part of the festivities for the weekend.
SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES IN JOSIAH WHITE PARK AND DIMMICK LIBRARY
Earth lore & Dance by Don Wild Eagle & Family – Saturday & Sunday
Medicine Horse Drum Group – Saturday & Sunday
Brad & Luke Duo – Saturday and Sunday
Buster the Clown for the children – Saturday and Sunday
The Jim Thorpe Cheerleaders performance – Saturday only
The Faculty Brass Strolling through town – Saturday & Sunday
Terry Strongheart – Saturday and Sunday (Dimmick Library & Gazebo)
John Lyons– Saturday (Dimmick Library & Gazebo)
Train Rides – Saturday & Sunday 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
JIM THORPE HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM
Special Olympic Track & Field Competition - Saturday Only
MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE
Saturday, May 19: N.Y.’s Finest/ Police Tribute
Sunday, May 20: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
JOHN THORPE – (Jim Thorpe’s Grandson)
CHUCK & WANDA GENTILE (Ret. Sports Director)
(CARLISLE U.S. ARMY WAR COLLEGE)
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
JOSIAH WHITE PARK
Donated items being accepted and may be dropped off at Nature’s Trail, 5 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.
ATTRACTIONS, SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS OPEN ALL WEEKEND FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT.
MANY GREAT CRAFT VENDORS AND LOTS OF GOOD FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE ALL WEEKEND. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ANNE MARIE FITZPATRICK/EVENT COORDINATOR AT 570-325-9281, email@example.com