Pima Heritage Days are April 21-22

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Valley Central: Randy Hawkins stands in front of his chuck wagon during the 2016 Pima Heritage Days event.

By Edres Barney

PIMA — The annual celebration commemorating the April 8 founding of Pima 138 years ago will take place April 21 and 22. “Our Todays and Tomorrows Because of Yesterdays” is the theme and will be carried out in the activities of the two-day event.

The art of quilting is not lost in the Gila Valley. Beautiful and unique examples are being created on a continual basis. The Quilt Show promises not to disappoint. Contact Diane Allred at 485-9462 or Kerma Matthews at 322-4997 to enter. The show will be open at the LDS Recreation Hall of the Highway 70 building Friday, April 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday night dinner at the Pima School Cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. is a bargain at $10 for adults and $7 for those 11 and under. The menu is pit beef barbecue by Clint Colvin and crew, beans, cole slaw, rolls, Texas sheet cake and homemade root beer by Leroy Smith.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Valley Central: Nick Bingham cooks up the bacon at the 2016 Pima Heritage Days event.

The traditional cowboy breakfast is a draw every year with this hearty fare: all-you-want pancakes, biscuits and gravy, along with one serving of bacon, eggs, juice and milk. This is prepared under the direction of Scott and Joyce Alder, Russell and Jonnet Woods, Kurt Palmer, and Reece and Anna Jane Jarvis and crew. A donation of $5 for 12 and over and $3 for ages 11 and under is being asked. The breakfast will be at the Carter Farm Museum.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Valley Central: Tribute will perform at the Pima Heritage Days event.

An anonymous donor has furnished a super queen-size Levi’s quilt with tote for the raffle. A new item on the agenda this year is the Essay Contest, “What My Heritage Means to Me,” and winners will be asked to give their entry on Saturday. The musical quartet Tribute will entertain Saturday morning. Additionally, there will be a gunfight reenactment by the Shaunessy’s Shadows performers.

Brooke Curley File Photo/Gila Valley Central: This year, the Shaunessy’s Shadows performers will stage a gunfight reenactment.

The Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society of Graham County Inc. annually sponsors this celebration and is seeking others to become involved. This is the major fund-raiser of the year, enabling the society to keep the museum operating . . . now in its 54th year.

For questions and further information call Edres Barney at 485-3032 or Anna Jane Jarvis at 965-2413.