JIM THORPE, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - If you're looking for something to do this weekend, Jim Thorpe has a fun option. Your family can be part of a giant, two day birthday bash!
Dan Pilot and his girlfriend are visiting the Borough of Jim Thorpe from Michigan. They're big fans of its namesake and stopped by the athlete's memorial in town.
"It's beautiful, very emotional when you see it all and read everything. And seeing the memorial at the very end when we went up to the tomb," Dan Pilot explains.
Jim Thorpe was born in 1887. At age 25, he won Olympic gold metals in the pentathlon and decathlon. He played professional baseball and landed in the pro football hall of fame. Many call him the greatest athlete of all time.
"He could do it all. Good boxer, good basketball player. He even had his own team at one point!" says Ray Brader, event co-organizer.
The icon's almost 130 years old, so the Borough's hosting a birthday celebration in his honor this weekend. The streets will be filled with live music and entertainment.
"It's wonderful! Yeah, everyone's been talking about it," Pilot adds.
The celebration kicks off at Thorpe's memorial with an Olympic Torch Run. Thorpe's grandson will be there to give each participant a medal.
Local businesses are looking forward to the fun and foot traffic.
"It brings in lots of people from around the area. I've had a lot of customers today from Michigan, Idaho, everywhere!" says Patty Stauffer of Bear Appetit Cafe.
Celebrating a legend who has passed, but is never forgotten.
FOR EVENT DETAILS:http://https://www.jimthorpe.org/birthday-celebration