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Event Partnership Opportunities
AJ Recreation Department:
Easter Egg Hunt: The Saturday before Easter
We need help to afford purchasing over 8,500 prize filled eggs. This egg hunt is open to all ages, is free to the public and sees over 2,000 attendees. There are other activities and games sponsored by local non-profit organizations available during and after the egg hunt.
4th of July Fireworks Celebration
The Fourth of July Celebration is a day-long event that attracts over 5,000 attendees. The event features a spectacular fireworks show, live entertainment, free watermelon, a sand volleyball tournament, swimming at the Aquatics Center, and a kid’s zone with inflatable/water games and a bicycle, tricycle, and wagon decorating contest. This is a free event, open to the public, with fees for food and game booths.
Mud Run: 3rd Saturday in October
The Mud Run is rapidly becoming a signature family friendly adventure fun race where participants go through various wet and muddy obstacles. These obstacles created for the Fit Families Mud Run are age appropriate in their distances, challenges, and safety while being designed for maximum mud and minimum danger. The net result is a great day for the 1,000+ attendees.
Halloween: Saturday prior to October 31st
The Halloween event continues to grow rapidly and is quickly becoming one of the most popular family events in the city as last year saw over 5,000 attendees. With your help we can continue to grow the event and keep it one of our best family friendly events. There are games, food, live music, bounce houses, a petting zoo, a Costume Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Howl-o-ween Canine Costume Contest and more!
Health and Wellness Event and Expo: 3rd Saturday in November
The Heal Yourself, Heal Your World Wellness Expo held at the City’s award winning Multi-Generational Center (“MGC”) attracts over 2,000 attendees. The free event features over 80 booths, 30+ educational classes, health screenings, demonstrations and much more.
Holiday Program and Light Parade: 1st Saturday in December
The Holiday Program and Light Parade is a day-long event that attracts over 10,000 attendees and features a community Walk-a-thon, live entertainment, snow play area, Santa and a kid’s zone with inflatable games and a Light Parade. This is a free event, open to the public, with fees for food and game booths.
Senior Programs and Services
The city’s senior services include daily congregate dining, home delivered meals, arts and crafts, educational classes, fitness, bingo, special events and more. City staff often receives requests from companies/agencies wanting to provide services to the senior population. Those companies/agencies whose mission and services align with our own will have the opportunity to become a partner of services. Our mission is to provide quality recreational, social and resource services to a diverse population including seniors. If you would like to support the city’s Senior Programs/Services please review the options listed below. If you don’t see a partnership level that meets your needs, one can be designed for your firm.
AJ Public Library:
AZ Speaks Winter Lecture Series: January through February
A free lecture series sponsored by the Apache Junction Library featuring a variety of speakers talking about various topics from current issues, the wild west to ghosts and much more. The “AZ Speaks Winter Lecture” series is free for the public and around 675 people attend each lecture with eight lectures during the upcoming winter season. The target market for this program is senior citizens, both year-round and seasonal residents. Visit the AJ Public Library website at https://www.ajpl.org/ for more information.
LibraryCON 4: March
LibraryCON is a family friendly comic book convention in a library setting. Featuring cosplay, entertainment, panels, displays, arts and crafts, gaming, face painting…there is something for everyone…including businesses who want to market their products to the attendees. Find your inner geek at the Apache Junction Library. Visit the AJ Public Library website at https://www.ajpl.org/ for more information.
Summer Reading Program: May to July
Every summer, the Library inspires all ages to read and prevent the “summer reading slide” that often occurs when school is not in session. There are separate programs for youth, teens, and adults, and incentives are given for reading specified amounts of time. Past years’ incentives have included free passes to the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, free yogurt from Yogurt Kingdom, free kids meals at Chipotle, and many more. Visit the AJ Public Library website at https://www.ajpl.org/ for more information.
Lost Dutchman Marathon
Thanks to the Lost Dutchman Marathon for its ongoing support of the city’s youth, family, wellness, and special event programs.
One of the city's strongest partners over the last several years has been Republic Services. When economic times were really bad and the city was faced with cancelling its annual 4th of July fireworks display, Republic Services stepped in and saved the day. For many years, Republic Services has provided the funds so that Apache Junction could showcase one of the best fireworks displays in the Valley of the Sun. Republic Services continues to support the Apache Junction community in many other ways including neighborhood clean-ups, residential clean-ups, and providing recycling information to local students.
We would also like to thank the following organizations for their support of city programs:
Apache Greyhound Park
Apache Junction Little League
Apache Junction Water District
Arizona Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association
Arizona Water Company
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Rotary Club of Superstition Mountains
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Salt River Project
Steve Leach Signs
Superstition Mountain Community Facilities District
Superstition Mountain Promotional Corporation