JIM THORPE OLYMPIAN BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL
Honoring James Francis Thorpe, a Native American and "Athlete of the 20th Century".
The Jim Thorpe Birthday Festival is BACK!!!
Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2022.
Native American Dance & Lore
Olympian Cross Country & Track Teams torch run
Musical entertainment all weekend
Buster the Clown
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
AND MUCH MORE!
THANK YOU SPONSORS
INN OF JIM THORPE
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The Jim Thorpe Birthday Festival is back and better than ever!
Saturday, May 21 AND Sunday, May 22, 2022
The festivities start off on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. with a Native American Tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum along with Don Wild Eagle, John Thorpe (Grandson), Carlisle Guests and Native Americans.
At 11 a.m., 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. Medals will be awarded to the team and coach and the resolution that Rep. Doyle Heffley had the Pennsylvania House pass declaring that May 21, 2022 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.
ENTERTAINMENT IN JOSIAH WHITE PARK (Across from train station):
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 & Sunday
The Faculty Brass Strolling through town – Saturday & Sunday
Terry Strongheart – Saturday & Sunday (Gazebo)
Face Painter for the Children – Saturday & Sunday
Jim Thorpe Cheerleades – Saturday Only
OLYMPIAN AUCTION- SATURDAY & SUNDAY – JOSIAH WHITE PARK
– Donated items being accepted and may be dropped off at Nature’s Trail, 5 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.
MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE:
JIM THORPE TRAIN STATION:
Train rides all day
MAUCH CHUNK MUSEUM
SPECIAL GUESTS: JOHN THORPE – (Jim Thorpe’s Grandson)
CHUCK & WANDA GENTILE (Ret. Sports Director)
(CARLISLE U.S. ARMY WAR COLLEGE)
ATTRACTIONS, SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS OPEN ALL WEEKEND FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT. MANY
GREAT CRAFT VENDORS AND LOTS OF GOOD FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE ALL WEEKEND.