Celebrate the founding of Pima with Heritage Days Friday and Saturday

Randy Hawkins, left, chats with a 2017 Heritage Days attendee, who enjoys a bacon-wrapped asparagus. - Gila Valley Central Photo

PIMA — The Eastern Arizona Museum & Historical Society of Graham County announced the theme for the 2024 Heritage Days is “Every Life Writes a Story.”

The theme is inspired by a museum display of a large collection from the personal library of William Ryder Ridgway. As a Safford native, author and historian, his collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, research and hundreds of books detailing a wide range of topics.

Heritage Days starts Friday, April 19, with the Quilt Show in the Cultural Hall of the Old Pima Church from noon to 4 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the traditional BBQ dinner in the Pima High School Cafeteria will get underway. Cost is $10 for those 12 and older, $7 for children 6 to 11, and free for those 5 years old and younger. Entertainment will be traditional bluegrass fiddle courtesy of Matheson Music Foundation.

On Saturday, April 20, Heritage Days begins with the Cowboy Breakfast at the William Carter Farm Museum. Breakfast will be served until 9 a.m. or while supplies last. Cost is $6 per plate for those 12 and older, and $4 for those 11 and younger.

The Quilt Show will re-open to the public at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

The Museum will be open both days, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and entrance is free; however, donations are accepted. The Museum will also be selling tickets to the Heritage Days raffle. Prizes include a Helen Ruth Cole original painting; quilts by Judy Phegley and Joann Maldonado, and Becky Post and Cindy Bryce; and jewelry by Edres Barney.

The raffle drawing will take place following the breakfast Saturday. Heritage Days celebrates the founding of Pima — originally called Smithville — in 1879.