Members of the Mogollon Sporting Association are gearing up for what they predict will be the biggest and best banquet and auction in the 11-year history of the organization.
The May 3 benefit starts with a no-host happy hour at 5 p.m. at the Mazatzal Casino. The dinner, prime rib or chicken, is served at 6 p.m. and the auction/raffle begins at 7 p.m.
On the list of raffle items available this year is a freezer full of buffalo meat, a week-long stay on the beach at Rocky Point, Mexico and more than 70 rifles, shotguns and archery equipment.
Another raffle item that'll surely prove popular is a week-long stay at a condominium in Maui, Hawaii.
Partly due to the long list of prizes and raffle/auction items, the MSA banquet is widely considered one of the most festive events on the Rim country's spring social calender.
According to MSA spokesman Jack Koon, more than 100 of the 228 tickets available have been sold.
Koon's advises that if you want tickets, act fast. Those who purchase tickets, priced at $65 each, prior to April 3 will be entered into an early bird drawing for an over/under shotgun or a diamond bracelet.
All proceeds benefit local youth programs and conservation efforts in the Rim country.
Since its inception, the MSA has raised more than $350,000. Anyone interested in joining the association or assisting with the banquet should attend MSA meetings at 6 p.m. each Thursday in the Payson Unified School District board meeting room.
To purchase tickets, call Koon at 474-1662 or John Browning at 474-0273.
PWGA season begins
The Payson Women's Golf Association will host its annual kick-off breakfast at 9 a.m. March 25 at the Masonic Lodge located at 200 E. Rancho Road. Tickets are $6 per person. Anyone interested in joining the association is welcome to attend the breakfast and meeting.
For more information call 472-6037.
Sweep it up
Foster's Vacuum of Payson is sponsoring a "Clean Sweep Award" for any local resident who wins his/her division in four motorcycle races of the Whiplash Desert Racing Series. The award consists of a trophy and $1,000 in prize money.
The Whiplash races that will be used to determine the winner include: Tucson Folls GP, the Cinders Mountain 100, Camp Wood 100 and the Vulture Mountain 150. The races will be held in April, June, July and October.
If no one wins the award by winning all four events, then there will be a smaller award of a trophy and $200 to the competitor who scores the most points in those four events.
Although the award is only for motorcycle classes this racing season, organizers plan to expand the event to include ATVs next year.
For a copy of the official rules, visit Foster's vacuum at 200 W. Frontier Street Suite D or call (928) 474-2721.
Youngsters interested in participating in the Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run competition at 11 a.m., April 12, must have their parents sign a consent form.
The forms are available at the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation office located at Green Valley Park.
There is no registration fee.
The baseball skills competition is open to boys and girls ages 7-to-14-years. The event tests three of the fundamental aspects of baseball -- pitching, hitting and running.
In pitching, participants are tested throwing strikes at a designated target. In hitting, the youngsters hit a ball off a stationary tee. Hits are measured for distance and accuracy.
During the running, participants are timed from second base, around third, and on to home plate.
Each participant is given an accumulated score based on his/her performance.
The first-place winners in each age group advance to a section competition later this spring.