Riding High On Special Events

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Rim country events, festivals and celebrations have changed over the years to satisfy the community's changing fancies.

Festivals which are defined by Webster as times of feasting, celebration or entertainment have multiplied to include musical, cultural and athletic events, as well as down-home celebrations of our community's heritage.

We now have a business showcase, more 5K runs and walks, and a Miss Rodeo Arizona pageant. But old favorites such as the State Championship Old Time Fiddlers' Contest, Fourth of July fireworks and the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo continue to be the staples of entertainment in the Rim country.

Payson still holds the title of "Festival Capital of Arizona." Check the following calendar of events to find out where and when you can feast, celebrate and be entertained.

Events Calendar for 2000

April 1: Zane Grey Country Kiwanis Club Annual Auction for Youth

April 3: Payson Community Blood Drive

April 4: Pine/Strawberry Blood Drive

April 8: High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona

April 8: United Methodist Women Spring Fashion Show/Luncheon

April 14: Tonto Community Concert Association

April 15: Business Showcase

April 15: Little League opening day

April 15: Payson Disability Awareness Annual Wheelchair Basketball Game

April 16: Santa's List Community Rummage Sale

May 4-7: The Vietnam War Memorial Exhibit

May 5-7: Payson Art League Spring Show and Sale

May 13: Soroptimist Club annual "I Love My Dog Show"

May 18-21: Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant

May 20-21: Payson Spring Rodeo

May 27-29: High Country Arts and Crafts Fair

June 2-3: American Cancer Society Rim Country Relay for Life

June 9-10: Zane Grey Twirlers' Square Dance Festival

June 10: Payson Choral Society Spring Concert

June 10: June Bug Blues Festival

June 10: Strawberry Festival

June 10: Rim Country Classic Auto Club Charity Auto Show

June 24-25: Green Valley Art Walk and Festival

June 24-25: Rim Area Gardeners Garden Tour

July 1: Payson Youth Jukebox Jamboree

July 1: Independence Day family activities and fireworks

Aug. 17-18-19-20: 116th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo

Aug. 19: Rodeo Parade

Sept. 2: Art in the Park

Sept. 2-3 Cowboy Arts Festival

Sept. 8-10: Northern Gila County Master Gardeners' Conference

Sept. 16: Tee Hee Golf Tournament

Sept. 23-24: State Championship Old Time Fiddlers Contest

Oct. 6-8: Rim Country Quilt Show 2000

Oct. 7: Time Out Family Fun Day

Oct. 7-9: Zane Grey Days Art and Craft Fair

Oct. 14: Apple Festival

Oct. 14-15: Rock and Gem Show

Nov. 3-5: Payson Art League Fall Show

Nov. 24: Swiss Village Christmas Lighting

Nov. 24: Commercial Lighting Contest

Dec. 1: Tree Lighting in Pine-Strawberry

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