Jimmy Smith Park Maranon and Street Party
The Town of Boone Cultural Resources Department is excited to announce the second annual Jimmy Smith Maranon and Street Party!
On Friday, September 27, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, we will celebrate Jimmy Smith Park and the legacy of Jimmy Smith, former Boone Town Council Member and Appalachian State Professor with the Jimmy Run!
Run the maranon (it's like a marathon but with a lot less running!) then have fun at the free street party on S. Depot Street!
Starting at 6:00 PM, we'll have:
Live music from the Lazybirds
Food from the Cardinal, Doggin’ It 828, Betty’s Biscuits, All Thai’d Up, Most Roast Coffee Co, and more
Raffles and give-aways from local businesses
Balloon Art from Twist the Balloon Man
And so much more!
About Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith was an integral part of creating the Town of Boone’s state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant, formally known as the Jimmy Smith Wastewater Treatment Plant, which has won engineering excellence awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina.
Jimmy, who passed away in 2000, was a professor of mathematics at Appalachian from 1968 to 2000. Smith was a leader in the university and the local communities. He served as chairman of Appalachian’s Department of Mathematical Sciences and president of Appalachian’s faculty senate.
Among the numerous awards Jimmy received during his career was the Annenburg Foundation Award for an Introduction to Mathematics course he helped design. During fall 2000 convocation, he received the W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion from Appalachian State University.
Jimmy was active with Appalachian’s assessment program, which tests undergraduates with attitude and experience surveys, and skills tests. Jimmy also was instrumental in starting Appalachian’s Freshman Seminar Program, a semester-long orientation course designed for first-semester freshmen and transfers.