APACHE JUNCTION — Apache Junction observes its centennial in 2022 and to kick off the year, a celebration event is planned from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Prospector Park.

Vendors are still needed for the event.

The celebration event is free to the public and will open with a presentation of the colors by the Apache Junction High School Junior ROTC Color Guard and close with a fireworks display.

Local bands Mogollon, Highway 85 and Outside the Line are scheduled to provide live music throughout the day.

The event includes a beer garden and food and drink vendors.

Other activities include staged gunfights, a car show, gold panning demonstrations, a Pony Express hand-off, cowboy rope tricks, local favorite Teton Ken and his burro Mary, ventriloquist Chuckwagon Wanda and her goofy sidekick Digger the Donkey, and the miniature burro duo of Pip and Lil’ Bill.

The stars of the hit History Channel TV series “Legends of the Superstitions,” Woody, Frank and Wayne, will be at the event, telling stories about the Lost Dutchman.

For the kids there will be bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo with snakes the kids can pet.

A pie-eating contest and cornhole tournament are also planned.

Props will be set up all over the park to provide the whole family with great photo ops, a press release from the Apache Junction Founders Centennial Committee said.

Sponsors of the event are Salt River Project, Republic Services, Superstition Fire & Medical District, Fry’s Food Stores and the city of Apache Junction.

“It is only through the generous contributions by these awesome partners and the countless other sponsors that we are able to put on this great event for the citizens of our great community,” Braden Biggs of AJFCC said in the press release.

Apache Junction was named on Aug. 21, 1922, by George Cleveland Curtis, according to the press release.

Interested vendors may contact Jeff Danford at jeffdanford@aol.com.

More details are online on Facebook, under AJFoundersCentennial or events.

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