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Jim Thorpe birthday celebration

JIM THORPE, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)-- Who doesn't love a good birthday party?

This weekend, you're all invited to a birthday party in Jim Thorpe in honor of the town's namesake.

And it's not just any old birthday party.

"He did it all," event organizer, Ray Brader said.

For not your average man. A man who has a town in his name, just a piece of incredible legacy.

"It's a great honor to have the world's greatest athlete in town," Don Wild Eagle said.

Don is talking about none other than Jim Thorpe, the multi-sport athlete known for bringing home two gold medals from the 1912 Olympics. 

Played professional football and was in the first class to be inducted in pro football hall of fame. He was the first president of what is now the national football league. He played professional baseball," Brader said.

This weekend the town of Jim Thorpe is going all out, putting on a celebration for their namesake for the 23rd year in a row.

The festivities will begin at Thorpe's Mausoleum. 

"We set up to honor his name by brining a native ceremony - drumming singing and dancing," Don Wild Eagle said.

From there, the event will dive into Olympic Symbolism, with torch runs by Special Olympics participants, as well as cross country and track members from the local high school.

"It must be very unique to be an athlete at the high school, because they are the Olympians. It must go through their minds," Brader said.  

And of course, if the history, tradition and athleticism isn't enough to coax you to the event, there will also be train rides, an auction and plenty of local craft vendors to enjoy.

"It really is a great time to bring your family, come out and get involved with what's happening in Jim Thorpe," Carbon County Chamber, Alice Wanamaker said.

The celebration will being at 10:30 Saturday, which has officially been named "James Francis Thorpe Day". 

 


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