The new Arizona Centennial website is here! You’re invited to visit www.AZ100Years.org for all things Centennial! Learn about events and projects throughout the state, even purchase official Centennial merchandise. And, learn how you can get involved!
Official Centennial Events
More than 100 Official Centennial Events are in the works to celebrate Arizona’s 100th Birthday -- from major community celebrations to exhibits and street festivals. One of those events is the Phoenix’s Best Fest (February 10-12). The Best Fest Series has something for everyone -- from educational pavilions spotlighting history, science & future, as well as cultural villages that showcase Native American customs, the old West and the flair of Hispanic tradition. Of course, not to be missed is the classic festival fare including a carnival, parade, live entertainment, beer gardens, and more.
In fact, if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer and participating in this historic Countdown year, Best Fest is perhaps the ‘best’ way to do so!
This Day in Arizona History
Fun facts on Arizona, from Arizona’s Official State Historian, Marshall Trimble!
- June 14, 1941 movie stars Dorothy Fay and Tex Ritter were married. Dorothy Fay was Arizona’s first star in cowboy movies. She was also the mother of actor John Ritter.
- June 21, 1967 the record was set for Arizona’s latest sunset (8:41) causing loud protests from restaurants. The following year the state legislature voted to opt out of Daylight Savings Time.
- June 26, 1902 Sedona becomes an official US Postal stop and gets its name. It is named for the first postmaster's wife, Sedona and the first postmaster was T.C. Schnebly.
- July 4, 1876 a party of Boston colonists heading West camped at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks and celebrated the nation’s 100th birthday. An American flag was hung from a tall pine tree to honor the occasion and the place eventually came to be called Flagstaff.
- July 4, 1887 the first railroad train arrived in Phoenix from the Southern Pacific Mainline at Maricopa.
For some of us this means going to extremes and cutting up credit cards. For others, it just means clipping coupons and unplugging appliances. Story Continues
Designs Arizona Centennial Buckle
Arizona buckle maker Jackson has created a beautiful Arizona Centennial buckle shown here. Arizona Duuude Bob Roloff is the first to wear this unique buckle with two toned copper and gold depicting the state flag and name with the state dates 1912 -2012. The buckle will be available for sale, Just contact Jackson at 623-873-2475 and let him know AZ Duuude sent you!
Arizona's Centennial On
As we approach Arizona's Centennial (1912-