Celebrating a mountain’s 56th birthday when it is 300 million years old may seem like a riddle, but it all made sense on Sunday, Oct. 14, when people gathered to commemorate the anniversary of Mt. Jefferson’s introduction as a state park.
According to Vicki Randolph of Friends of Mt. Jefferson, at least 150 people participated in the festivities by singing “Happy Birthday,” signing a giant birthday card, and enjoying a piece of cake donated by Walmart.
In addition to the typical birthday party activities, park ranger Tom Randolph led children in a “Trees and Tees” craft project, printing with autumn leaves on t-shirts. Randolph’s 9-year-old daughter, Aurora also led a craft project, making spiders from paper plates and pipe-cleaners.
“The mountain’s unique 360-degree view was enhanced by bluegrass music and jovial camaraderie as visitors from as far away as Florida and Ohio were greeted by area folk, said Delilah Tayloe, also of Friends of Mt. Jefferson, describing the atmosphere.
The celebration was hosted by Friends of Mount Jefferson, the organization responsible for saving the park when it was in danger of being closed last year due to budget cuts.
Organized in 2010, Friends of Mount Jefferson is a non-profit with the mission of advocating for the park and its programs. Its members include Beth Sorrel, Vicki Randolph, Delilah Tayloe, Becky Rose and Jay Wild.