Calendar A Feast For The Senses

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Visitors to the Rim country are treated to beautiful views, wonderful weather and the great smells of pine and juniper. And every summer, the residents of the Rim country welcome visitors with a vast array of events for their entertainment.

There are craft fairs, festivals, equestrian events and rodeos, and music for just about every taste.

June

June 2 -- Town of Payson Barrel & Pole Bending Series starts, held every Thursday through July at the Payson Event Center. Books open at 5:30 p.m., with competitions beginning at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per run. For more information, call Charlene Hunt, Payson Parks & Recreation, (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

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Equestrian events take place at the Payson Event Center throughout the summer.

June 3-4 -- Horse Show Clinic. The clinic is for all ages who are interested in showing a horse at the Northern Gila County Fair in September. The clinic begins at 6 p.m., Friday and again at 9 a.m., Saturday. Learn how to groom your horse for show, showing at halter, how to clip your horse, proper attire, demonstrations in equitation, pleasure, hunt seat, trail class, etc. The clinic is presented by Sandra Walker. Registration is $10, sign-up by June 2 at 5 p.m. and be eligible for door prizes. The clinic is entirely demonstration --o need to bring your horse.

June 4 -- "I Love My Dog" Show, 9 a.m., Rumsey Park Ramada 5. The $5 registration fee provides funds for Soroptimist International. For information, call (928) 474-2005, (928) 472-8007 or (928) 474-6167.

June 4-5 -- Elks' Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday at Elks Lodge parking lot. Free admission. For information call (928) 468-9667.

June 4-5 -- Ranch Horse Competition. Contestants earn points toward a prize saddle in a variety of ranch-work-related events, including moving cattle from horseback, reining patterns and a women-only event that requires no roping. A clinic is held the first day, followed by the competition on the second day. For more information, call (928) 567-5999.

June 7 -- Town of Payson Saddle Up - Time Only Series starts, held every Tuesday through July at the Payson Event Center. "Fine tune" your barrel horse in time only runs. Registration is $3 per run, or $10 for four runs. Books open at 5:30 p.m., with runs starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Charlene Hunt, Payson Parks & Recreation, (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

June 10-11 -- 25th Annual Zane Grey Twirlers Payson Square Dance Festival at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center. Dancers from all over come to participate in the old-fashioned event. Activities start at 7 p.m., Friday, June 10 and continue throughout the day, Saturday, June 11. The grand march is at 7:45 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call (928) 472-8115, (928) 474-5138, (928) 474-0737 or (928) 472-6360.

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The Zane Grey Twirlers have danced in Payson for more than 25 years.

June 10-12 -- Strawberry Patchers Annual Quilt Show, Pine Cultural Center. Admission is $1 at the door. Call (928) 476-3623 for more information.

June 11 -- Montonera Gymkhana, Payson Event Center. Anyone can participate. Contests include barrel racing and pole bending, plus a fun event. Sign in at 4 p.m., contests begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 476-2570 or (928) 476-2498.

June 11 -- Payson Masonic Lodge BBQ, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Rancho Road. Tickets are available from Masons. For more information, call (928) 472-1305.

June 11-12 -- 15th Annual Strawberry Festival in Strawberry, arts, crafts, food and fun. Free admission. Call (928) 474-4515 for more information.

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Strawberries don't grow wild in Strawberry anymore, but that doesn't mean they can't be celebrated at the 15th Annual Strawberry Festival June 11-12.

June 11 -- Concert Under the Stars with The Mike & T Band, specializing in country and variety music. Mike & T (Teriney) Smith are musicians and singers with a rich history of music and entertaining experiences. Mike, a native Texan, moved to Nashville when he was 16 years old and embarked on a surprising whirlwind of working with touring acts such as Charlie Rich, The Judd's, Hank Williams, Jr., Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band. This first performance of the series is at Green Valley Park amphitheater, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., free admission.

June 18 -- Concert Under the Stars with Barrio Latino at Green Valley Park amphitheater, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., admission is free. Barrio Latino has been the guiding force of traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latin music in Arizona. The band has created pandemonium with audiences wherever they take their high-powered show. Their musical styles include everything from samba, salsa, cha cha, cumbia, polka, bolero, waltz, jazz, blues, Latin cross-over and funk.

June 18-19 -- Payson Stampede 24-Hour Mountain Bike Race. The Payson Main Street Program will present a big block party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 18 on Main Street. It will feature arts and crafts, including participants from the Payson Art League, a Taste of Payson, family events, booths with products from area antique stores, food vendors and more. The party is held in conjunction with the bike race, which starts and ends at the Payson Event Center, and follows a route down Main Street. The 10-mile course will see about 800 cyclists in competition. The race is a test of physical and mental endurance with both team and solo competitors. The winner will have completed the most number of loops in 24 hours. The course, designed by Landis Cyclery, will include forest trails, as well as Main Street. For more information on the Payson Stampede, call (928) 468-6074, for information about the bike race visit the website tucsonracing.com.

June 25 -- Concert Under the Stars with The Dyno Glides, a "rock-a-billy" band at Green Valley Park amphitheater, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., admission is free. With their own brand of Rockabilly Swing Music The Dyno Glides thrill audiences young and old alike.

June 30 -- Town of Payson Barrel & Pole Bending Series every Thursday, Payson Event Center. Books open at 5:30 p.m., with competitions beginning at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per run. For more information, call Charlene Hunt, Payson Parks & Recreation, (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

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The Mounted Shooters of America will show their riding skills and the art of firing blank rounds at a full run in several events in Payson this summer. The group will have its programs at the Payson Event Center the first weekends of both July and September.

July

July 2-3 -- Mounted Shooters, Payson Event Center. Mounted shooting is one of the nation's fastest growing equestrian sports. Mounted contestants compete in this fast-action timed event using two .45-caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. Call (480) 471-7422 for more information, or visit the website, www.mountedshootersofamerica.com.

July 2-3 -- Pine/Strawberry Arts & Crafts Fair, Pine Community Center. For more information, call Gail Jones at (928) 476-4480.

July 4 -- Celebration in the Park with fireworks (forest conditions permitting) and games at Green Valley Park. This year's event will feature a larger fireworks show and more entertainment. Games will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Green Valley Park. Local bands John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos and Claymation will perform beginning at 5 p.m., with the fireworks following about 9 p.m.

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Plan a family Fourth of July in Payson.

July 9 -- Montonera Gymkhana at Payson Event Center. Anyone can participate. Contests include barrel racing and pole bending, plus a fun event. Sign in at 4 p.m., contests begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 476-2570 or (928) 476-2498.

July 9 -- Concert Under the Stars with Common Ground Blues, featuring blues, jazz and rhythm at Green Valley Park amphitheater, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., admission is free. This is a return engagement to the Rim country for Common Ground Blues. At their 2004 concert in the park, the band drew an enthusiastic crowd. The five-man group had an audience enthralled for the entire evening.

July 16 -- Concert Under the Stars with Walt Richardson & the Peaceful Warriors, featuring reggae and folk music at Green Valley Park amphitheater, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., admission is free.

July 16-17 -- Ranch Horse Competition. Contestants earn points toward a prize saddle in a variety of ranch-work-related events, including moving cattle from horseback, reining patterns and a women-only event that requires no roping. A clinic is held the first day, followed by the competition on the second day. For more information, call (928) 567-5999.

July 21 -- Barrel & Pole Bending Series awards night (based on points), Payson Event Center. Books open at 5:30 p.m., with competitions beginning at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per run. For more information, call Charlene Hunt, Payson Parks & Recreation, (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

July 23 -- Concert Under the Stars with Sonoran Swing, a 21-piece big band orchestra. Green Valley Park amphitheater, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., admission is free.

August

Aug. 3 -- Progressive Barrel Racing & Pole Bending Series starts, and will continue on every Wednesday through September at the Payson Event Center. The books open at 5:30 p.m., with the races starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a progressive format, so there are no age groups. The entry fee is $5 per event. Awards will be presented Sept. 28. For more information, call Charlene Hunt, Payson Parks & Recreation, (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

Aug. 13 -- Monsoon 5K Run at Green Valley Park. The 3.1-mile event starts at 9 a.m., pre-registration -- taken until Aug. 5 -- is $15, afterward the fee is $20. For more information, contact the Payson Parks & Recreation Department, (928) 474-5251, ext. 7

Aug 13-14 -- Ranch Horse Competition. For more information, call (928) 567-5999.

Aug. 19-21 -- 121st World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo and associated events (see story on Page 31). For more information, call (928) 474-4515.

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Be part of the Payson Rodeo Parade in August.

Aug. 20 -- Rodeo breakfast by the Order of the Eastern Star, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., 200 E. Rancho Road. Tickets are $6 per person. For more information, call (928) 474-7197.

Aug. 21 -- Tonto Community Concert Association opens its 2005-2006 season with the Spirit of Phoenix choral group at 2 p.m. in the Payson High School auditorium. For more information, call (928) 474-6115 or (928) 472-6456.

September

Sept. 3-4 -- Mounted Shooters at the Payson Event Center. Call (480) 471-7422 for more information, or visit the website, mountedshootersofamerica.com.

Sept. 3-4 -- Pine/Strawberry Arts & Crafts Fair at Pine Community Center. For more information, call (928) 476-4480.

Sept. 8-11 -- 52nd Annual Gila County Fair, Payson Event Center. The old-fashioned fun of a real county fair returns to Northern Gila County. Fair books and entry forms will be available by August. Admission is free. Volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Wendell Stevens at (928) 472-5734.

Sept. 17 -- Montonera Gymkhana, Payson Event Center. Anyone can participate. Contests include barrel racing and pole bending, plus a fun event. Sign in at 9 a.m., contests begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call (928) 476-2570 or (928) 476-2498.

Sept. 21 -- Jordan Circus, Payson Event Center.

Sept. 24-25 -- High School Rodeo, Payson Event Center. More than 250 high school students from throughout Arizona will compete almost non-stop in rodeo events. Contests start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and again about 9 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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