Western Heritage Festival Celebrates Payson's Past



The official dedication and opening of the Zane Grey Cabin is the highlight of the Sixth Annual Rim Country Western Heritage Festival unfolding Saturday, Oct. 15, in and around the Rim Country Museum and Green Valley Park.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to step back into the area's storied past through an action-packed array of events and activities for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages beginning with the cabin dedication at 10 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.

Other events and demonstrations scheduled for the Western Heritage Festival include free admission to the Rim Country Museum, Parry Morton as Milt Dale from Zane Grey's The Man of the Forest, an "Art of the West" exhibit in the museum featuring local artist Jim Strong demonstrating his technique, Western artists Jim Hagen and Conrad Okerwall outside, a saddle making demonstration with Jim Weeks, an engraving demonstration by Ken Shepherd, a Native American craft demonstration by Hubert Nanty, a blacksmithing demonstration by Jaime Escobedo, town historians and authors Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle, a presentation by Hashknife Pony Express Swing Boss Chuck Jackman, a children's minifest featuring pot painting with the Payson Community Kids and a children's art activity with local Western artist Donn Morris.

"I'll have a table there for kids to come and color, and I've designed a five-page coloring book of the covers of Zane Grey novels," Morris said. "And I'll be doing a painting of Zane Grey during the day as well."

A full day of Western music, cowboy poetry and yarn spinning is also on the agenda, including local favorites John Carpino, Dee Strickland Johnson, Chuck and Barb Casey, Eddie Armer and the Sandoval Family. Two separate stages will be utilized simultaneously.

In addition, the Boy Scouts will be serving barbecue dinners.

Music & Cowboy Poetry Schedule

Main Stage

Jinx & Jayne Pyle 11:00

Ann James 11:30

John Carpino noon

Eddie Armer 12:30

Lee Silby 1:30

Junction 87 2:00

Johnny Richards 2:30 Sandoval Family 3:00

Chuck & Barb Casey 3:30

Indoor Stage

Chuck & Barb Casey 11:00

Joe Miracle 1:00

Dee Strickland Johnson 1:30

Ann James 2:00

Eddie Armer 2:30

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