Carey will commemorate its 100th birthday Saturday with a centennial celebration that will bring together locals and visitors to honor the founding of the city in 1919.
City Clerk Tess Cenarrusa said that typically, Carey Days is this weekend, previously called Pioneer Days, but because of the big birthday, the celebrations will be together this year. Founded by Mormon settlers, the town has remained a small rural community for the past century
The centennial events and presentations were organized with the help of the City Council, the Carey-Picabo Chamber of Commerce and local volunteers, Censarrusa said.
Two local volunteers were Calvin Andrews and Jackson Pettit, both incoming seniors at the Carey School, who chose the centennial as their senior projects. Andrews and Pettit attended all the planning meetings over the past several months and organized a photo gallery of images of Carey and its residents in each decade of the town’s existence. The gallery will be on display in the Eldredge Building, on the county fairgrounds where most of the celebrations will take place.
The events are scheduled to begin Friday night with an ATV rodeo put on by the Carey Rodeo Association. The ATV rodeo will have jousting, barrel racing and more.
On Saturday night there will also be a rodeo—a Funky Rodeo. Though Clayton Mecham, president of the Carey Rodeo Association, said the name was simply a result of not being able to find a suitable event title, it seems fitting. The rodeo will consist of a hula hoop competition, three-legged races, a pig wrestling competition with local Carey pigs, dummy roping and more events a little funkier than those of a typical rodeo. Mecham said they had to cut back on traditional events of a rodeo several years ago when there was a lack of funding from the community.
Other main events Saturday will be a sand volleyball tournament, which will run all day, and a car show.
The sixth annual John Adamson Carey Memorial Car Show & Shine will be held on the Blaine County Fairgrounds all day Saturday. The event is in honor of John Adamson, who worked at his family’s automotive business, Adamson’s Inc., before he died in 2012 of cancer. Adamson was an active member of the Carey Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as the Carey Fire Department chief for 46 years.
Cenarrusa said there will also be a parade Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. on Main Street. Those interested in participating can register at the Carey School beginning at 9 a.m.
Following the parade, a hootenanny to celebrate the century will include a luncheon with food from the Bullzz-Eye BBQ from Hagerman. Lunch is $10 and guests can enjoy fiddle music by Ken Worthington’s Old-Time Fiddlers while they eat. For the kiddos there will be a petting zoo, free of charge, sponsored by the city on the fairgrounds after lunch. The celebrations will conclude with a dance at the fairground pavilion with music from DJ Travis Bowman.