JIM THORPE OLYMPIAN BIRTHDAY EVENT PAGE!
Honoring James Francis Thorpe, a Native American and "Athlete of the 20th Century".
May 16 & 17, 2020
Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe, PA
Jim Thorpe Olympian Birthday Event is just around the corner and we’re excited to welcome you and yours to this very special celebration. We promise there will be plenty of fun activities and wonderful people to meet. Save the date!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center will sponsor the 25th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th.
The festivities start off on Saturday, May 16th at 10:30 am with a Native American Tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum along with Don Wild Eagle, John Thorpe (Grandson), Carlisle Guests and Native Americans.
At 11am, 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 16, 2020 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.
SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES IN JOSIAH WHITE PARK ARE:
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 and 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
JIM THORPE HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM
Special Olympic Track & Field Competition - Saturday Onl
SPECIAL GUESTS: JOHN THORPE – (Jim Thorpe’s Grandson)
CHUCK & WANDA GENTILE (Ret. Sports Director)
(CARLISLE U.S. ARMY WAR COLLEGE)
OLYMPIAN AUCTION- SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – JOSIAH WHITE PARK
– Donated items being accepted and may be dropped off at Nature’s Trail, 5 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.
ATTRACTIONS, SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS OPEN ALL WEEKEND FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT. MANY
GREAT CRAFT VENDORS AND LOTS OF GOOD FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE ALL WEEKEND.