Friday, February 10, 2012

AZ Centennial Celebration at BestFest

Who doesn't love a party? The Capital Building will be the venue for Arizona's Centennial Celebration and it's all Free.

The Historical League will have a booth and promote the AHS Museum at Papago Park as well as showcase and sell Tastes & Treasures A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona and Arizona Recollections and Reflections An Arizona Historymakers Centennial Commemoration. Our booth will be open Sat Feb 11 - Sun Feb 12 from noon - 7 pm.

Fireworks and more festivities will continue into Saturday night with concerts and speeches featuring Arizona-based mainstage headliners George Benson, Michelle Branch, Gin Blossoms, Rex Allen Jr., Dolan Ellis and Marshall Trimble.

"It's finally here and it is truly the perfect chance to Celebrate the Arizona Experience," said Karen Churchard, executive director, Arizona Centennial Commission & 2012 Foundation, citing the title of the Centennial Countdown campaign that began in 2010.

Arizona Best Fest Phoenix is the largest of Signature Events that recognize Arizona's Centennial, including a Centenarian Brunch honoring 100-year-old individuals, companies and nonprofits; a grand gala entitled Fandango! Arizona; and an Arizona Centennial Ride -- a 16-mile motorcycle tour led by Phoenix native Dierks Bentley.

The event delivers museum-like educational pavilions and villages of Hispanic, American Indian and Western cultures, presented by corporations Resolution Copper, Discount Tire, Giant, ASARCO, Shamrock Farms, Arizona Public Service and University of Arizona, and individual contributors such as Stevie and Karl Eller. Eller is the outdoor advertising wizard who's also in the Advertising Hall of Fame. The Arizona Republic is delivering an Arizona storyteller's theater; and Arizona's sports teams -- Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns -- are presenting a history of Arizona sports pavilion highlighting all Arizona sports teams and traditions, including Cactus League Spring Training, a draw to visitors from around the country.