Pie eating and art are two things not normally associated with one another.
But this weekend they come together, the dual focus of the first annual Payson Pines Fine Art and Pie Festival.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Green Valley Park, features fine arts and crafts by 75 award-winning Painted Desert Artists.
Included are original paintings and limited edition prints in oil, water color and acrylic; sculpture; fine wood items; metal and glass art; furniture; bronze; ceramics; batik work; jewelry; photography and more.
In addition, local grills, cafes and restaurants will be selling their pies, with each submitting one for a pie competition judged by prominent locals, including Bob Ware, executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The pie tasting and judging will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Music is scheduled throughout the day. The Real McKays perform original acoustic pop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, followed by the salsa and bossa nova sounds of Novo Mundo from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Carlos Hadaway, also known as the Arizona Kid, is among the artists whose work will be featured. Hadaway is donating an original and five prints to be raffled off at 1 p.m. Sunday to benefit the Main Street project.
A majority of the artists in attendance will leave their booths open Saturday evening during this season's initial Concert Under the Stars featuring Paul McDermand.
Call the chamber of commerce for more information, (028) 474-4515.