GRANBY — For more than 30 years, the city of Granby has held its Old Mining Town Days on or around the Fourth of July. This Friday, it kicks off its three-day event with activities for everyone.

GRANBY — For more than 30 years, the city of Granby has held its Old Mining Town Days on or around the Fourth of July. This Friday, it kicks off its three-day event with activities for everyone.
"We will name our 'Honored Citizen' at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dick Smith Park," said Joe Guinn, organizer. "(The criteria) is you must have lived in town or in our community at one time, made some type of contribution that (was) a great help for the (community)."
The honored citizen will not only be named that night and presented with a proclamation, but on Saturday, it will be declared as (Name) Honored Citizen Day, he or she will ride in the parade as well.
A complete list of events can be found on the the Old Mining Town Days Facebook Page. However, some of the events include (Friday) music starting at 5 p.m., sand volleyball tournament; moving onto Saturday, a pancake feed at 6 a.m. at the fire department and then at 7 a.m., the Lions Club 5k Run - also starting at the fire department. At 8 a.m., there will be a World War II artifacts of the Pacific Theatre - Veterans Park on North Main Street a car show at noon, parade at 2 p.m., music, and other activities.
Sunday starts with the traditional Old Timers Softball Game at 1 p.m. for women, followed by the Old Timers Softball Game at 2 p.m. for men. the ballgames will be held at the ball park, east of Granby.
A gospel hour at 6 p.m. (at Dick Smith Park) and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. or dusk.
There will be food available for purchase during the three-day event and also vendors.
"We have more than normal (number) of vendors... there is a a lot of involvement this year," he said.
Another event will be for the class of 1967 - the last class to go to Granby High School. The dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at Golden Corral in Joplin.
"Old Mining Town Days is just a way to celebrate our heritage and the community," Guinn said. "We have a good attendance, between 3,500 to 5,500 people that walk through from Friday to Sunday."