Happy Birthday, ya ol’ Arizona!

In case you might have missed it, February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s also the anniversary of the state of Arizona.  This year, in particular, that has significance because Arizona turns 100 years old.  For a centenarian, the state’s not doing too shabby!

To celebrate, there have been a number of events and activities around the state, but the big blow-off is coming in the next week.  Starting with the weekend’s big party in downtown Phoenix and wrapping up with events on the 14th itself, there will be big doin’s here!

For Saturday and Sunday, there will be a party – the Arizona Best Fest – with areas focusing on the fine arts, science, sports, energy, the military, Hispanics, American Indians, the Western, wineries, craft beers, a food court, storytelling, and more.  Oh, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, too!

Among the other things going on, there will be a P-51 and B-25 flyover, a couple biplane flyovers, fireworks, George Benson, shootouts including an Earp/Clanton reenactment, Flamenco dancing, a ton of different American Indian dances and presentations, and the giveaway of a copper-plated Arizona Centennial chopper cycle.

As if that weren’t enough, the party continues with a Sunrise ceremony on the morning of the 14th on the steps of the State Capitol.  A reenactment of the walk by Governor Hunt from City Hall to the Capitol follows the sunrise ceremony.  The US Post Office is offering a new stamp, with first day cancellations, as a commemoration. Later, Wayne Newton will perform and at the end of the day there’s a big Fandango (tickets are $250 a pop and dress is “Arizona Black Tie”).   All-in-all, it’s going to be quite a party!

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