By Linda Kor
Area residents and visitors will be celebrating the 138th anniversary of the founding of Joseph City on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22. Joseph City was founded in 1876 by Mormon pioneers as one of four colonies settled in the area and the only one that continues as a thriving community today.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with a historic display at the Bill Bennett Auditorium, followed by a program and entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. at the auditorium.
On Saturday, the day begins “earlier than you want” with the wake up call of the anvil, followed by a flag raising ceremony at the LDS church at 6:45 a.m. At 7 a.m. it’s a free community breakfast at the LDS church, and the start of the 5K and 10K runs, which begin at the church. Pre-register for the run at the Route 66 Stop or contact Karen Martineau at (928) 587-3826 for more information.
Fun for the entire family is planned at a turkey shoot beginning at 9 a.m. at the Badlands, north on Porter Road. There will be a nominal fee to participate. Contact Robert Pugh at 587-0829 for more information. At 10 a.m. a children’s horseless rodeo will open in the Palmers’ arena, as well as a horseshoe tournament at Tanner Park. The tournament has a $2 entry fee, and the winner takes all.
From 12 noon to 2 p.m. the Joseph City Fire District will host its annual Fireman’s Barbecue at the fire station. The price is $8 per plate, and an auction is scheduled to begin at noon. Proceeds from the event will help fund the district’s equipment needs.
A hoop shoot for all ages will be held at 1 p.m. at the old elementary school gym.
At 2 p.m., a co-ed volleyball tournament will be held at the Joseph City High School gym. The cost is $10 per team. Pre-register for the tournament with Sherry or Kym Brennon at (928) 386-8986.
At 2 p.m. a volleyball tournament will also be held for the kids at the LDS church. The fee is $1 per child.
Karaoke entertainment is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the old elementary school gym. It will be free to watch and $1 per song to sing.
The celebration will finish up with a family dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at the old gym. The cost will be $3 per person, $5 per couple or $10 per family.
By Linda Kor