Tomorrow Is Bark Beetle Education Day

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From 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 5 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine, speakers from the Arizona State Land Department, Pine-Strawberry Fire District, Regional Payson Area Project, United States Forest Service and the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Office will be on hand to educate, dispel rumors and answer your questions about the bark beetle infestation in our forests.

The Pine-Strawberry Fire District and the Regional Payson Area Project are sponsoring the meeting. Come and learn about the best way to handle infested trees and how the residents of the community can work together to combat the problem.

Antique Fair

Pine-Strawberry residents and visitors are in for a treat as many previously postponed events have been gathered into one action-packed weekend.

This past summer, fire danger and drought plagued the area, so to lessen the threat and the strain on our water supply, many events were canceled. In fact, most were taken off the calendar for the duration of the fire season.

Now that we have survived the summer, we are planning one of the biggest and best weekend festivals ever.

Bring your friends, invite your guests back and come celebrate our history, our heritage and our passion for shopping and eating.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct 12 and running until 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 13, there will be loads to see and do for all ages.

The big show is the Rim Country Antiques and Crafts Festival open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct 12 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 13 at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Gym and Sports Field. Booths for antiques, collectibles and arts and crafts are still available. For information, check with the Pine-Strawberry Museum, 476-3547.

Here is a rundown of Saturday's events:

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a silent auction in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center. This auction features antiques, collectibles, new tires, gift certificates from local vendors, golf packages and much more. Proceeds will benefit the historical society. If you have an item for the silent auction, any size, any type, please contact the museum at 476-3547. More donations are needed.

The apple festival is back! The Rim Country Chamber of Commerce is back with one of the tastiest festivals in town. There will be apple pie by the slice, fresh apples, apple cider, apple dr you name it, they will apple it! Calling all bakers, bring your best apple pie (make two, please) to the apple pie contest, to be judged by local restaurant chefs.

Rim Country Classic Car Club will be there. There is a Pine-Strawberry Heritage Day walking History Tour, with history booklets containing maps available for only $1.

Local caricature artist Paul Reeves will create your likeness for a donation of $3 to the historical society.

At 11:00 a.m., the pit barbecue that has always accompanied heritage day starts. Albert Hunt will serve up the best plate of beef, beans, potato salad and a roll you have ever had. All for just $6. The proceeds will benefit the Historical Society.

Bring the kids. There will be free face painting for all kids in the cultural hall. You can shop while they are occupied.

At 1:30 p.m. in the ramada, Trouble in Paradise and the Old Time Fiddler's Jam Session will provide outstanding entertainment that will have everyone tapping a toe and singing along. This popular group of musicians has been packing the cultural hall monthly, building themselves a set of groupies. Come and hear why.

The Pine-Strawberry Arts-n-Crafts Guild gift shop will be open. This is a great chance to get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping.

On Sunday the fun continues.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the silent auction continues in the Cultural Hall along with free face painting. Trouble in Paradise will perform once again at 1:30 p.m. and the gift shop and museum will be open to guests.

The fall weather is great. Come on up and enjoy.

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