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Marana Founders' Day in Downtown Marana

  • Downtown Marana 13395 N Marana Main St Marana, AZ, 85653 United States (map)
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Float through time and learn about the community's history at the annual Marana Founders' Day. 

Event Emcee: Teri Murphy


No stranger to community, charity and events, Teri Murphy has always had a passion for bringing people together and for assisting those in time of need. She has had the pleasure of working with several great people in our community to create and develop events such as the Marana Junior Rodeo Association and Marana’s Exceptional Rodeo for handicap children.  She has served as Vice President for the Arizona Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, President for Cowboys Cowgirls Barrel Racing Association, has held numerous local fundraising events and sponsored several local charity events.  Teri’s main passion is preserving the western lifestyle and is able to do so by volunteering her time to the Western Heritage Committee and arena.  She has served as Chairperson for the Marana Main Street Festival and is avid with education and does fundraisers for both the University of Arizona and CAC College.

Event Features



This year's theme is: Float Through Time. Parade begins at 10am, route map below. Registration for the parade is now closed. Thank you to everyone who signed up!



Have a classic car you’d love to show off? We’d love to give you a venue to showcase your pride and joy at the car show. Registration for the car show is currently closed.


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Free inflatables, henna tattoos, coloring and crafts, and balloon twisting available throughout the event.



Visit booths and exhibits that display Marana's history. Brought to you in partnership with Marana Heritage Conservancy and local historical organizations. 



Enjoy treats from your favorite local food vendor and find some new treasures. 

food vendor booths

Red Rock Ice Cream Co
German Food Station
Meatball Madness
Triple D Dogs LLC


Jackie's Food Court
Taste of Island Paradise
I&C Kitchen
Tucson Kona Ice
Marana Heritage Conservancy
Ry's Snacks

Nonfood Vendor Booths

LuLaRoe with Kristin Robertson
Marana High School CTE Culinary Class
Marana Dental Care
Tortolita Dental Group and Orthodontics
Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5990
Usborne Books & More, Nikki Daer
Re-Elect Patti Comerford for Marana Town Council
Dove Mountain Veterinary
Tanna Welter Agency - American Family Insurance
Nighthawk 72 Marana Detachment 1344 Marine Corps League
Beams & Rays Co
LuLaRoe Whisper Montgomery
Walton Orthodontics
Heritage Legal Services

Humane Society of Arizona
Desert Archaeological
Southwest Iron Works
MHC Healthcare
Marana Flying Tigers
Gold Canyon Candles
Disabled American Veterans
Bee Bustin & Life'Sweet Honey Farms
Community Christian Church of Marana
Young Living Essential Oils
Hands On Creations
Rico Martin Photography
Lyon for AZ
Jim Miller State Farm Agency
Heritage Legal Services

*Our food and nonfood registration is currently closed


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Parade (food vendors will open at 10:30am)

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Founders' Day Festival

11:30 - 11:45 AM Chinese Cultural Center presentation

12:10 - 12:40 PM Saguaro Stompers 

12:50 - 1:20 PM Ballet Folklorico Xochitl     

1:25 PM PARADE WINNERS ANNOUNCED                                            


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