Jack Moody was born and raised in Peoria, and while he and his wife Jean now live in Sun City Grand, they both work at the Peoria Historical Museum.
On Saturday, they and hundreds of others celebrated the history of the community during Pioneer Days.
With a parade, 5K run/walk, bike ride and family picnic in Oldtown Peoria, the city honored both its past and its future.
The parade, with more than 40 entrants, was the big draw for the crowd.
“It’s just a little hometown parade, and there aren’t that many,” Jean Moody said.
Jack Moody said he likes the feel of downtown Peoria and his memories of the young town.
“It’s a small town,” Jack Moody said.
Although there are new developments in the city’s northern reaches, Moody considers that section separate from Oldtown.
The weekend event also featured a Green Zone, where the city encouraged residents and others to learn more about sustainable practices. The Green Zone focused on energy conservation and other environmentally conscious issues, including everything from xeriscaping to hybrid vehicles, as well as the city’s own green efforts.
Tarek Reslan enjoyed the event with his wife and their two young daughters.
“We try to support local activities,” Reslan said.
As Peoria residents, Reslan said he and his family love living in the area because they are within a three-mile radius of everything they want or need, including shopping and schools.
“It’s just so convenient,” he said.
But the event wasn’t limited to Peoria residents, giving families from all over the West Valley a fun opportunity to soak up the sun.
Heather Jancoski and her family came from Youngtown to watch the parade.
“People never have parades around here,” Jancoski said.
“(It was) totally worth seeing just for the steer in the car,” Jancoski said, referring to the large steer riding in the passenger seat of a car next to his owner from Rovey Farms. “It was great.”