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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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Celebrating Our Centennial: 24th Annual Catfish Rodeo and Nature Fair

In honor of our upcoming Centennial, we’ll be posting blogs featuring events (both big and small from across Arizona), news, fun factoids, photos and more leading up to our BIG 100 in February — and by the way, please share with us! If you know of an upcoming “Official Centennial Event” or have an old photo tucked away somewhere, LET US KNOW!

First up… Got nothing going on this Saturday? Not sure what do with the kids… well, why not take a drive to Yuma for the 24th Annual Catfish Rodeo and Nature Fair where kids will have the chance to catch catfish all while getting fishing pointers from members of the Yuma Optimist Club and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The dets behind this Official Centennial Event:

When: Saturday, 10/22

Time: 7:00am – Noon

Location: West Wetlands Park, 282 N. 12th Avenue, Yuma

Everyone is also invited to take part in the Nature Fair that will be located on the west side of the pond. Many activities are scheduled for the morning that are sure to be fun and educational for the entire family. Kids will have the opportunity to try archery, learn about fun safety, and learn about animals that live in our Desert environment.

After the event, why not partake in more of what Yuma has to offer… And whatever you do, don’t let naysayers sway you from exploring this town because there’s actually a lot going on.

  • Enjoy a REALLY good burrito at Chili Pepper. Information: 1030 W 24th St # A, Yuma; 928-783-4213 ‎
  • Walk through the once infamous Yuma Territorial Prison — your kids will love this place, and you’ll dig the history.
  • Pop by Old Town Wine Cellar and pick up a bottle of some interesting wine from around the globe. Information: 265 S. Main Street, Suite E, Yuma; 928-373-0405

Flickr pic by Rhea C.

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