Get your fare ready for the fair


by Myndi Brogdon
I just know you have your fair book in hand and your entry tags made out. All you are waiting for is entry day, Thursday, Sept 16, when, from noon to 6 p.m., you will cart all your best to the Community Center in Pine to be entered in the fair. You will see everyone you know and get a peek at the competition.

The schedule of events is also in that little golden book. If you have not got one, you can check yours out at the Payson Public Library or the Pine library.

The exhibit buildings will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17; 9 a.m. to 5 pm., Saturday, Sept. 18; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19.

If you are showing a horse, you definitely want to check your fair book for all the new classes, times and rules. On Friday at 10 a.m., 4-H and FFA livestock animals will be weighed in, and at 11 a.m. the driving class starts in the arena. At 2 p.m. will be livestock showmanship classes and at 4 p.m. a Working Ranch Horse Jackpot will take place.

For a mere $10 entry fee, local ranch horses will ride through the trials and tribulations associated with ranching, and the winning rider gets one- half of the pot.

On Saturday the fun stars at 7 a.m., when the small animals will be checked in to be judged at 8 a.m. Also starting at 8 a.m. is the open horse show.

At 11 a.m., the annual 4-H and FFA auction takes place, while the horse show breaks for lunch. Get caught up in the action and help these kids earn back some hard cash for the summer of sweat equity they have invested in these marketable critters. The buyers' dinner follows the auction, and the horse show will resume.

On Sunday, a new attraction to our humble fair will be the llama show and judging. Come watch these elegant animals strut their stuff for the judge.

The last event in the arena is the fun day for local horses and their riders. This affair is full of timed and tricky events.

This is Pine-Strawberry's chance to shine for all of Northern Gila County. It is small-town family fun at its best.

Don't forget -- you can win the family award. That award goes to the family that wins the most ribbons. Come join the fun at the fair.

Driving class
It is time for drivers over the age of 55 to take advantage of the 55 alive/mature driving class sponsored by AARP and taught in Pine the one day.

Class will start at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library on Randall Drive in Pine.

This class could reduce your insurance rates. It is not necessary to be an AARP member to participate.

For more information or to register, call Bob or Aggie Hansen at 476-4298.

Water board minutes

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District Board of Directors is pleased to announce that minutes from the monthly meetings can now be accessed on the Gila County Web page at http//

Monthly meetings, usually held the second Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, are open to the public. The next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 11.

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