Benefits Abound Around Rim Country

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The Payson Youth Football Association will host its annual benefit golf tournament May 14 at Payson Golf Course. Check-in is 7 a.m. and tee time is 8 a.m. A luncheon and post tournament awards ceremony begins at noon. The entry fee for the tournament is $80 per person or $400 for a four-person team. All proceeds will be used to purchase much-needed equipment and supplies for the youth football association.

Registrations may be mailed to Payson Youth Football, P.O. Box 624, Payson, AZ 85547. The deadline for pre-registration is April 29.

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Rim country golfers are invited to participate in the annual Payson Youth Football Association benefit tournament to be played May 14.

For more information, call Angela Parker at (928) 468-6482.

Barbecue benefit

Softball games and a benefit barbecue originally scheduled for April 29 have been changed to April 28.

Games against Flagstaff Coconino will be played 4 p.m. (jayvee) and 7 p.m. (varsity) against Flagstaff Coconino.

PHS athletic director Dave Bradley said the season-ending games had to be rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts at Coconino.

The benefit barbecue will be skillfully prepared by Albert and Charlene Hunt.

The Hunts' outdoor cooking is the stuff Rim country legends are made.

The duo will begin the cooking process two days before the event by stoking up a carefully prepared oak wood fire in a deep pit.

Cooking the beef requires almost a full cord of wood. About 5 p.m., the day prior to the meal, the beef is wrapped in burlap and lowered into the pit. After being skillfully covered with rocks, the beef will be left to cook until about 2 p.m. the following day.

"It's a long process but well worth it," Charlene Hunt said.

The lip smackin' meal is scheduled to be served 4 to 7 p.m. near the softball field concession stand.

Tickets, priced at $5 per person, are now on sale. They are available from any softball player or by calling Will Dunman at (928) 472-2266 or Kadi Tenney at (928) 468-1838.

This year's benefit is being sponsored by Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty, which contributed 300 pounds of beef for the barbecue.

Girls slow pitch

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for girls softball, ages 7-15. Games will begin in June. The format for play has changed from modified pitch to slow pitch. The age groups are 7-10, 11-12 and 13-15. Depending upon the registration numbers, the age groups could change. The deadline for registering is Wednesday, May 4. Late registration is not guaranteed. Coaches are needed. You can register at the Payson Parks and Recreation office or online at www.paysonparks.com. For further information contact Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242 ext. 260.

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