By Linda Kor
Area residents and visitors will be celebrating the 137th anniversary of the founding of Joseph City on Saturday, March 23.
The festivities begin at 6:45 a.m. with a flag raising at the LDS church. Then at 7 a.m., 5K and 10K runs will start at the church. There will be no cost to participate, but donations will be accepted. Contact Brook Frost at (480) 734-1861 for more information. Also from 7 to 9 a.m., a pancake breakfast will be held at the church. Beginning at 8 a.m. a boutique will be opened at the old elementary school gym. Contact Rachelle Hansen at (928) 587-7940 for more information.
Fun for the entire family is planned at a turkey shoot beginning at the 9 a.m. at the Badlands. Contact Robert Pugh at (928) 587-0829 for more information. Also at that time a six-on-six indoor volleyball tournament will be held at the Joseph City High School gym. Contact Lisa Lampsa at (928) 587-1071 to sign your team up prior to the tournament. The cost for each team is $15. Paintball fights will begin at 9 a.m. at Jason Hendricks’ arena. Bring your own gun and he’ll provide the paint. A small fee will be assessed for each turn. He can be reached at (602) 469-4782 for more information.
At 10 a.m. kids’ games will begin at Tanner Park, as well as a tractor show provided by the Virgil Bushman family on Porter Avenue.
At 11 a.m., the Joseph City Fire District will host its annual Fireman’s Barbecue, with an auction slated at 12 noon. Proceeds from the event will help fund the district’s equipment needs. A Zumbathon will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, with the proceeds going to the fire district. Call Jennifer Westover at (928) 587-0734 for more information.
The new inductees to the Joseph City Hall of Fame will be announced at the barbecue.
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, a three-on-three basketball tournament will be held at the JCHS gym. Contact Jared Turley at (928) 241-4127 to sign up a team prior to the tournament. The cost is $15 per team.
At 3 p.m., a kids’ mini rodeo will be held at Alan Palmer’s home on First North Avenue, followed by a lumberjack tournament at the Petersens’ property near Tanner Park. Contact Tyler Elmer at (928) 245-2887 to find out the fee and to sign up.
The day will finish up with a family dance at the old elementary school gym from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost will be $3 each, $5 per couple or $10 per family.
By Linda Kor