January, 2019 Edition

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A Fun Weekend of Traditions in Kearny

Known as a fun weekend of traditions, Kearny will present its 59th Annual Pioneer Days, Friday through Sunday, March 14-17, at Pioneer Park.
“It is a jam-packed, four-day weekend, full of family fun,” said Ginger Bentley, who is in her third year as president of the Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce.
Event organizers promise lots of activities, including a carnival, a parade, a Queen and Junior Queen contest, entertainment, food and drinks and lots more.
The weekend starts with the crowning of the Queen and Junior Queen on Thursday, Bentley said.
“These girls work hard for weeks selling tickets and earning community service hours in the community,” she said. “They participate in a photo shoot and fashion show, where they get to get ‘dressed up’ for their friends, family and the community.”
All candidates receive a tiara and a sash, and the winners also get a belt buckle, Bentley said.
Friday and Saturday night feature live entertainment, carnival fun, lots of food vendors and merchants. Saturday is also the day of the parade, with a theme of “horse and cattle.”
“There is also a softball tournament held every year,

“It is a jam-packed, four-day weekend, full of family fun,” said Ginger Bentley, president of the Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce.

bringing alumni back to the community for two days of fun-in-the-sun softball,” she said. “Sunday wraps up the weekend and the carnival closes up shop and heads out of town to the Pinal County Fair.”
This is Bentley’s third year to help plan Pioneer Days.
“It is always one of my favorite events,” she said. “It brings family, friends, alumni and out-of-town guests together for a weekend of fun. It is something that we ‘locals’ look forward to every year.”
Having lived in the Copper Basin area all her life, Bentley talked about her memories, saying, “As a kid I remember being so excited to see the carnival rides coming down Tilbury Drive towards Pioneer Park. Now, as a parent I get to see the same joy and excitement in my own children’s faces as the carnival pulls into town.”
For more information, contact the Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce by phone at 520-363-7607, via e-mail at events@copperbasinaz.org or go to the Chamber website at www.copperbasinaz.org.
Easily accessible by the scenic State Route 177, Kearny rests in the heart of the Copper Basin, near the Gila River.