Celebrating Our Centennial: La Fiesta de Tumacacori

Start celebrating Arizona’s Centennial early and head to the Tumacácori National Historical Park this weekend to celebrate the 41st annual La Fiesta de Tumacacori, an Official Centennial Event.

The fiesta celebrates all of the cultures which have lived and influenced life in the Santa Cruz Vally, including O’odham, Yaqui, Apache, Mexican, Spanish, American and others. With some 50 booths featuring traditional foods, handicrafts, craft demonstrations and much more, there’s certainly something for the entire family at this Official Centennial Event.

The Arizona Republic summed the event up rather nicely:

La Fiesta de Tumacacori celebrates this mix of cultures this weekend at one of the places where it began — a mission established by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in 1691.

Tumacacori National Historical Park is normally a serene place where visitors can stroll the grounds and step inside the remains of an old church. It’s tempting to think of it as an old mission and leave it at that.

“Tumacacori is deeper than that,” said Vicki Wolfe, a park ranger at Tumacacori. “It’s the story of cultures coming together.”

Besides the booths, visitors can expect plenty of entertainment, representing all of the described cultures. Expect Folklorico dancers, mariachis, O’odham musicians, singers and drummers from San Xavier, old-time fiddlers and Apache crown dancers.

KEEP CELEBRATING ARIZONA… and be sure to tell us how you’re wishing our state a happy birthday!

Information: Dec 3-4, W891 E. Frontage Road, Tumacacori. 520-398-2341. nps.gov/tuma.


>>Flickr pic by Senor Codo

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