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Party like it’s 1946 at Goodyear’s 75th anniversary carnival

Event to feature games, live music and rides with a vintage twist

Posted 11/10/21

The city of Goodyear wants to take you back to 1946 in celebration of its 75th anniversary on Nov. 19.

Residents are invited to celebrate the city’s big day at a free, vintage-inspired …

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Party like it’s 1946 at Goodyear’s 75th anniversary carnival

Event to feature games, live music and rides with a vintage twist

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The city of Goodyear wants to take you back to 1946 in celebration of its 75th anniversary on Nov. 19.

Residents are invited to celebrate the city’s big day at a free, vintage-inspired carnival at Goodyear Civic Square, which will feature retro carnival games, a vintage car show and a live, 19-piece swing band performance from the Arizona Swing Kings.

But the centerpiece of the event will be a genuine, 1960s-era Ferris wheel — one of the few still in operation.

It’s “basically going to give you a birds-eye view of our city,” said Brenna Hosey, Goodyear’s festival and events coordinator. “What better way to celebrate it (than) from high up in the air?”

Giving the carnival a vintage feel was Hosey’s idea.

“I honestly pictured the ending scene of Grease, when they’re all on their last day of school,” she said.

Hosey is a big fan of themes, so when she found out about the Ferris wheel and swing band, the rest just fell into place.

“We’re trying to do things here and there that make you feel like you’re back in 1946,” she said.

The city also is renting a photo booth that will put carnival-goers on the cover of a 1946 issue of Goodyear’s monthly InFocus Magazine, complete with period-appropriate headlines.

Hosey said she wanted the carnival to be fun, but also a way to connect Goodyear’s past with its present and future.

“We don’t want to just throw a carnival and no one knows what we’re celebrating,” she said. “We really are very proud of the city of Goodyear, and we want that to come through.”

Another way the city is celebrating its past is by revealing the contents of a time capsule buried by city leadership 25 years ago.

And city leaders will do the same another 25 years from now. The contents of a new time capsule featuring items voted on by city residents won’t see the light of day until Goodyear’s 100-year anniversary in 2046.

What makes it more special, Hosey said, is that the time capsule will be buried at Civic Square, the future heart of the city of Goodyear.

“We’re just going to point down to the ground (and say) ‘We’ll see right here in 2046,’” she said.

Mayor Georgia Lord will formally declare the city’s 75th anniversary, and the night will close with a pyrotechnic display; a giant sparkler in the shape of a 75.

Everything, apart from refreshments, is free and open to all ages, according to Hosey.

“Come spend your evening with us,” she said.

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