Fate Of Fajita Fest Hinges On Football Final


Lori Shewey and her fellow members or the Rim Country Middle School Wrestling Booster Club have long planned a benefit fajita dinner for the afternoon and evening of Nov. 5.

With support from many local sports fans, the event could turn into a financial success. The money earned would help RCMS coach Jon Vick fund his program at the middle school.

There's only one problem: The Payson High School football game might not be opening the state tournament in town that evening.

If the team must travel to an away site for the first playoff game, many of the local sports fans will travel with the team, which would probably result in lower attendance at the benefit dinner. Fewer people means less money to help the Maverick wrestling team.

So, Shewey and friends have decided to wait until the outcome of this evening's season ending game in Show Low to decide whether or not to host the dinner.

In simple terms, it means if the Longhorns whip Show Low, there will be a fajita dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the lobby area of Wilson Dome.

If the Horns lose to Show Low, the dinner will be postponed to another date.

The scenario of the playoffs, and the dinner, was doubly complicated for Shewey because the Horns are currently tied with Show Low for the runner-up position in the East Division.

If the Horns whip Show Low and remain in second place, they will host the first round playoff game in PHS stadium.

However, if the Horns lose to the Cougars, Payson will fall to third in the final standings and be forced to travel to the first round playoff game.

It's not often a community dinner hinges on the outcome of a football game but this one does.

For the unknowing, the fajitas being served at the dinner -- if the dinner goes off as planned -- are the same ones that won the "best food" award at last year's Payson rodeo.

Lori says one of the secrets to the great flavor of the mouth-watering fajitas is the beef and chicken that is used.

"We buy it from a firm in Texas and have it shipped in," Lori said. "It's really good."

Also included in the $5-per-meal price is rice and beans. Children's plates are $3. Soft drinks are also available.

If you're looking forward to the delicious and inexpensive meal, check out the Roundup sports pages next week. We'll let you know if it's a go.

At Parks & Rec

Beth Kreider at the Parks and Recreation Department wants you to know a pair of important registration dates are approaching.

Youngsters who wish to participate in the Town-sponsored fifth- and sixth-grade basketball leagues may sign up Nov. 1-12 in the P&R office located at Green Valley Park. The registration fee is $20 which includes a T-shirt, minimum of seven games and a pizza party at the end of the season. Those who register after the deadline will be placed on teams only if space permits.

For the adults, registration for men's and women's volleyball leagues will be held Nov. 8-19, also in the GVP office. The entry fee is $150 per team and includes a season-ending tournament. Play begins Dec. 1 and ends in late January with a vacation break during the holidays.

The run

The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual Turkey Trot 5k event -- a 3.1-mile fitness walk/run that begins at 9 a.m., Nov. 20.

This year's event is co-sponsored by Arizona Public Service.

Entry fee is $10 per person for those who pre-register. Race day registration is $15 per person. All pre-registered participants will receive a souvenir race shirt.

The race will begin and end in Green Valley Park.

For more information, contact the Parks and Rec department at 474-5242, ext. 7.

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