County Fair Has Something For Everyone



by Myndi Brogdon

The schedule of events for the Northern Gila County Fair in Pine is in that little golden book known as the fair book. If you haven't got one, you can check yours out at the Payson Public Library or the Pine library, or at the fair today, tomorrow and Sunday.

The exhibit buildings at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The livestock exhibitions will be held at the county barn off the old county road in south Pine.

If you are showing a horse, you definitely want to check your fair book for all the new classes, times and rules. 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. Livestock showmanship classes will be held at 2 p.m., and at 4 p.m. a working ranch horse jackpot will take place.

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

The fun stars at 7 a.m. Saturday 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 will begin, while the horse show breaks for lunch. Get caught up in the action and help these children earn back some cash they've invested in these marketable critters. The buyers' dinner will follow the auction, while the horse show resumes.

A new attraction to our humble fair, a llama show and judging, will be held Sunday. 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's time for drivers over the age of 55 to take advantage of the 55 Alive/Mature Driving class sponsored by AARP.

The one-day class will start at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept 20 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library on Randall Drive in Pine. The class can help older drivers reduce their 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.

Band concert

Stan Fuller will rouse his band of merry men and women at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center. This is the band's third performance and it's getting a reputation for packing the house. Admission is free so come early for a good seat.

Melvin VanVorst is looking for an organ or piano, or both, for the Cultural Hall. Once he finds one, he will begin looking for an accompanist to help him start a Pine-Strawberry chorus. Anyone with information about where he can find an organ, piano or accompanist can call VanVorst at 476-4791.

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