This week could be a great time for camp cooks to begin brewing up a pot of their best chili.
A lip smackin' bowl of the hot stuff could earn the cook one of the impressive prizes that Dennis Pirch and Mark Kile --organizers of the inaugural Outdoor Rendezvous --will be awarding at the event's chili cookoff.
The first-place chili prize is a one-day guided lion hunt with Steve Smith. For second, a one-half day bass fishing trip to Roosevelt Lake with Kile will be doled out. A third-place prize is still being considered.
The one-day Outdoor Rendezvous, which includes the chili cookoff, begins at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 5 in the parking lot of The Tackle Box, one-half mile south of Punkin Center on Highway 188.
Pirch and Kile have dubbed the event an "outdoor enthusiast's sidewalk sale."
Their plan for the rendezvous is to attract outdoorsmen and women who have fishing and hunting equipment they want to sell or trade. At The Tackle Box, they can barter to sell or buy those items with others who attend.
According to Pirch, the day will be a great opportunity to sell or trade camping, hunting, hiking and fishing equipment no longer needed or to pick up that fishing pole you've always wanted.
Also on hand will be a display of new and used bass boats and all-terrain vehicles from Tempe Marine. The Tempe firm will also be dishing out its own brand of chili free of charge.
Pirch and Kile anticipate at least one auto dealership will be on hand with a new line of trucks and SUVs.
The highlight of the day will be a series of seven seminars put on by local guides and outfitters.
Pirch and Kile promise the list of presenters and topics will offer a little something about fishing and hunting for most all who attend.
The two organizers are hopeful the event eventually will become a much-anticipated annual gathering of outdoor enthusiasts.
"It's new, different and something we just want to have fun with," Pirch said.
You can also bet that with Pirch, Kile and a parking lot full of hunters and anglers hanging around, wagging tongues will spout some great tales.
Maybe even a few about the huge lunker that got away or the gigantic buck that just escaped.
Camp Verde to host seventh-, eighth-grade tournament
The inaugural Northern Arizona President's Day Classic middle school/junior high boys and girls basketball tournament is Feb. 18 and 19 in Camp Verde.
At least one Payson team, the Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade squad coached by Ross Carpenter, has indicated an interest in participating.
The tournament will serve as a qualifier for a National Championship Tournament June 2 through 5 at Colorado State University in Pueblo.
Qualifiers similar to the one being held in Camp Verde will be conducted in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Idaho, Texas, Tennessee, Florida and California in 2005.
In the Camp Verde tournament, teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games for an entry fee of $200. The tournament will be limited to 24 teams.
For more information, call C.J. Sells at (928) 284-5055 or (928) 300-1349.