When you ask most longtime Avondale residents about their memories growing up here, many of them will inevitably mention Billy Moore Days – a tradition named after Avondale’s founder, and celebrated for more than five decades in Avondale.

Who was Billy Moore, you ask?

William “Billy” Moore came to Arizona in l867. He eventually made his way to the west banks of the Agua Fria River and established a stage coach station. He added a general store and became the postmaster of the settlement he named Coldwater, which eventually became Avondale in 1946. Billy Moore Days began as an opportunity for Avondale and surrounding communities to celebrate the area’s history, and it is a beloved hometown tradition.

Join us online October 12-17, 2020

It’s time to get creative and honor Avondale’s heritage with a week long celebration that includes a combination of online and small group activities that are broadcast online.

Nominations are open for Junior Grand Marshal

Do you know an exceptional Avondale Student?  Nominate them to be honored as a Jr. Grand Marshal of the Billy Moore Day Parade!  Deadline is August 30th.

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Don’t miss out on this unique, one-of-a-kind event!   Try your hand at using a fire hose to push a barrel across a wire with a team of your closest friends!  Can you do it better than your opponent?  Sign up and find out.  It’s all for a great cause, all proceeds benefit Lending Closet.
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image007Parade Grand Marshal: Julie Giese

The honor of 2020 Billy Moore Days Grand Marshal goes to Julie Giese, who was named the president of Phoenix Raceway (formally ISM Raceway) in 2018 and is the only current female president of a NASCAR track. Giese worked tirelessly alongside the Raceway team on the design and project management renovation and complete modernization overhaul to the internationally known track giving it the status of the best raceway venue in the industry. For the first time, the elite race known as the NASCAR Championship Weekend, comes to Avondale this November.

image008Parade Honorary Pioneer: Martha Aragon Bodnar

Honorary Pioneer Martha Aragon Bodnar was born July 25,1919 in Shoemaker, New Mexico and celebrates her 100th birthday this year.  When Martha was 10 years old she, along with her parents Tomas and Justita Aragon and her twelve siblings, moved to “Coldwater Arizona,” which we know today as Avondale Arizona. The Aragon family is well known for helping establish and develop the Avondale and Goodyear communities, specifically helping build the first Catholic Church in area, Saint John Vianney.  Martha and her sister, Lila Schneider, 98, attended Avondale Elementary School and Litchfield High School.  Martha cooked and did house cleaning for some of the local rancher families in the community. She was also an employee of the Old Avondale Drug Store (formerly located in old town on Western & Central Avenue) owned by Tony Schneider. Martha married Theodore Bodnar, who passed in 2007, and served in the Army & Civil Service. She is the mother of two children, Mary Anderson and Thomas Bodnar.