Thank you for your interest in participating in the Billy Moore Day Virtual Parade!
A video featuring the best of the past and highlights from special entries scheduled for this year will be compiled and broadcast online on Monday, October 12th. We invite you to submit you past photos, videos or recordings of what you had scheduled to do this year! This year’s virtual parade will feature:
- Interviews with our Grand Marshal Julie Giese from Phoenix Raceway, Jr. Grand Marshal & Honorary Pioneer Martha Aragon Bodner
- Special performance by Agua Fria High School Marching band, Cheer and Pom squads.
- Videos and photos from some of our great past parade participants.
- Your submissions – send us your photos or videos of your past participation in Billy Moore Days (any year).
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.
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.
VITURAL PARADE SUBMISSIONS:
Please note: we will make our best efforts to include all entries however we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be used.
DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE PICTURE TO SUBMIT?
If you have several photos that you would like added to the virtual parade, please email them to Breanna Smith. Breanna will send a confirmation email to verify the photos have been received. If you have larger files she can also arrange to use a file transfer service.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: October 2, 2020