Rmef Banquet Saturday Night

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Don't forget the Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation this Saturday, July 16 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a no-host happy hour. The dinner -- filet mignon, chicken or vegetarian, will be served at 6 p.m. Auctions and raffles will be held later in the evening.

According to RMEF spokesmen Phil Daugherty, one firearm will be given away during the evening for every six to seven persons in attendance.

This year, Payson has been chosen as the chapter to auction the much coveted Arizona Game and Fish Commission buffalo tag. The hunt, which can be done on any day of the year, is on the House Rock Ranch.

Also to be auctioned is an elk or mule deer hunt on the Navajo reservation.

Daugherty said there will be other hunts, camping equipment, archery, limited edition prints and ladies' items raffled and auctioned during the evening.

The local chapter is in need of volunteers to serve on various committees and to participate in work projects.

For information on how you can help the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, call Daugherty at (928) 478-4458 or Bill Masters at (928) 472-6186.

Display your talent

Manzanita Adventure Sports will host the inaugural 2005 Charity Picture Box Competition that could earn a local charity more than $300.

Any charitable club, non-profit organization, school or municipal service -- such as police and fire departments -- are eligible to enter the display competition that begins July 27 and continues until Sept. 6. All displays will be set up at Manzanita Adventure Sports at 307 S. Beeline Highway.

After entering, participants will be assigned a one-week period to show their display at the business. The display may go up on Wednesday of the assigned week and should be taken down by Tuesday of the following week.

The displays should be approximately 10 x 8 feet and should focus of any adventure sport, or sports, in the Rim country. Hiking, swimming, running, backpacking and skateboarding are some possible themes.

A panel of three will judge the displays on:

  • Successful presentation of theme.
  • Originality.
  • Best use of space.
  • Association of display to the Rim country.

A cash prize of $300 plus 10 percent of MAS gross sales during the weekend of the display will go to the first-place winners. The charity of the second-place winner will receive $200 and the third-place finisher $100.

For more information, call MAS at (928) 474-0744.

Batter up

Weekend warriors wishing to participate in the Second Annual Payson Parks and Recreation and Mazatzal Casino Home Run Derby must register and pay their entry fee of $45 per team by July 15.

All players 21 years of age and older are eligible to participate.

The tournament will take place at Rumsey II ballfield starting at 5 p.m. July 16. Each team will play for prize money to be donated to a local non-profit organization of their choice.

The prizes are:

  • $500 for first place
  • $300 for second place
  • $100 for third place.

All players will receive a T-shirt and trophies will be awarded to the top three teams in each division.

The derby will feature both men and women's division. For the men, the home run fence will be 235 feet from home plate. For the women it will be 200 feet.

Also, the women will hit an 11-inch softball commonly used in most recreation leagues. The men will hit a 12-inch softball.

Hitters will supply their own pitchers. Pitches must be underhand and with an arch of 6- to 12-feet above the ground.

The tournament will begin with an opening round in which entrants are given 15 pitches. In the second round, they receive 10 pitches.

After the home runs for each team are calculated, the top four teams from both rounds will advance to the finals.

In the final round, each team begins with a zero score and players receive 15 pitches each.

For more information, log on to www.paysonparks.com or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Teen Night

Taylor Pool has an exclusive night for teens, ages 13-18. Each night has something different in store for teens. Come hang out with friends, listen to music, swim, and play games all in a supervised environment. There are raffles each night for prizes. $3 per teen. For details on specific nights contact Taylor Pool. The next teen night is July 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pool passes are not accepted during teen night.

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