Posted: Jul 29, 2012 12:20 PM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News
Updated: Jul 30, 2012 10:23 AM
HAMILTON- The Daly Days in Hamilton celebrate the life of Copper King and city founder Marcus Daly, but as reporter Bernie Riggs found out, the celebration has grown into something more.
"It's just a community festival, you know, where everybody comes down. You see your neighbor, you see new shops. It's just a huge community event," Patti Martin with the Hamilton Downtown Association said.
Daly Days is a celebration for the Hamilton community and here at the Daly Mansion there are open tours, historical re-enactors, and some rare Daly family home video.
"It's a time for us to look back at where Hamilton started and also a time to just gather together as a community and enjoy each other's company, Daly Mansion event coordinator Suzanne Casteel explained.
"There's a lot of downtown activity with music and food and vendors and then we also have that connection with the mansion as well, so it's just a wonderful community time - why we all love living here in the valley," she continued.
Visitors at the mansion had the opportunity to explore the house and eat some tasty homemade treats, while back downtown one event that drew perhaps the most attention was the pig kissing contest.
It's a fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Hamilton, which helps women in the valley and local business owners raised over $1,200.
"We're a very small but unique community and we're very generous. We work together wonderfully and it's just events like this that showcase that," the group's Linda Looser said.
The Soroptimists were able to give back over $22,000 thanks to similar events.