Green Valley Park will undergo an amazing transformation on Saturday, May 8, when its sprawling grassy expanses will turn into a carnival full of wildlife and outdoor activities.
This is the 10th year for the annual Payson Wildlife Fair, and organizers have been working hard to make it the best fair yet.
"This is a great way for the family to spend a Saturday," says Mary Gilbert of the U.S. Forest Service. "Parents and kids can fish, play games, and get a close-up look at lots of animals. A golden eagle is just one of the many new attractions we have this year. You've got to see this bird. It's magnificent."
In addition to birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, prairie dogs, and other live animals will be on display.
Visitors can test their skills at one of the casting booths or the virtual shooting or fishing galleries.
They can also visit the booths from a variety of conservation groups, including the Arizona Elk Society, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Arizona Flycasters Club, and Arizona Wildlife Federation.
Green Valley Lake will also be double-stocked with trout for this event. No fishing license is required for fair attendees, and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.
The fair is a cooperative effort between Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Forest Service, Mogollon Sporting Association, and Payson Parks and Recreation Department. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Valley Park in Payson.