This year marks the 120th anniversary of Canyon County in the State of Idaho and we want to invite you to join in on the celebration! County leaders have been working throughout the year to plan the official celebration, which will be held at the Canyon County Courthouse on November 19, 2012. Festivities will include a reading of the official Governor’s Proclamation that created Canyon County in 1892, historical displays throughout the courthouse, the honoring of historical Canyon County families, an essay/art contest for school kids and much more. Canyon County’s commemorative 120 year flag will also be on display at the courthouse during the official anniversary celebration. The commemorative flag was originally flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and has made its way across Canyon County throughout the year marking historic events and flying above each of our eight cities. We sincerely hope you can join for our celebration on November 19th as we pay tribute to the rich history of Canyon County!
120th Anniversary Celebration Events
Canyon County will celebrate its 120th anniversary during the month of November with several events planned to honor the county’s rich history. As part of the anniversary celebration, all three floors of the courthouse will feature historical displays depicting Canyon County’s history through the eyes of the cities that shaped it. There will also be an expansive historical coin and money display generously provided by Canyon County Coin. The displays will be set up on Tuesday, November 13th and remain on display through the end of the month.
Official 120th Anniversary Celebration – Monday, November 19th (10am – 7pm)
The official 120th anniversary celebration will take place at the courthouse on Monday, November 19th with a press conference at 10:00 a.m. The press conference will include a reading of the 1892 proclamation that created Canyon County, a brief history of the county, the honoring of historic Canyon County families, the announcement of the essay/art contest winners and more. Following the press conference, there will be an open house at the courthouse featuring live music, historical displays, refreshments and other activities. The courthouse will remain open until 7:00 p.m. to allow extra visitors to take part in the celebration.
BSU Tailgate Party at Celebration Park – Saturday, November 17th (9am – 1pm)
Celebration Park will host a tailgate party for the BSU vs. Colorado State football game on Saturday, November 17th. The tailgate party will run from 9am – 1pm to allow fans to get home in time to watch the 1:30 p.m. kickoff. Fans gearing up for the game can take part in a number of history-related activities at Celebration Park including guided petroglyph tours, tours of the historic Guffey Bridge, flint knapping demonstrations and access to the atlatl throwing range. Fans that want to stick around for the start of the game can listen to it on the radio via loudspeakers that will be set up throughout the park.
Extended Courthouse Hours – November 13th, 15th, 19th and 20th
The courthouse will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on the dates listed above so citizens who work until 5:00 p.m. have a chance to come enjoy the historical displays. Regular courthouse operations will still end at 5:00 p.m. these dates but the doors will remain open for visitors.