The 20th Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration takes place this weekend on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.
The people of Jim Thorpe are doing what they have always done – honor the man born on May 28, 1888 Jacobus Franciscus “Jim” Thorpe and Wa-Tho-Huk, which means Bright Path in the Sac and Fox language.
Jim Thorpe’s grandson, John Thorpe, and Sitting Bull’s great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe,, along with Don Wild Eagle and other honored guests from the Carlisle School will participate in this year’s memorial tribute at the Jim Thorpe mausoleum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
After winning the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics, King Gustav of Sweden declared Thorpe “the greatest athlete in the world.”
It’s only fitting that the Jim Thorpe High School Olympian Cross Country and Track teams join in on the tribute, carrying a lighted torch to their school stadium to light the Olympic torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition on through the town and down Broadway to the Josiah White Park (train station).
The birthday party continues with Native American dancing, drumming, folklore, craft and food vendors, as well as a Chinese auction.