Outdoor Rendezvous Draws An Estimated 2,000

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The Second Annual Outdoor Rendezvous, Feb. 4 at The Tackle Box near Punkin Center, was an overwhelming success.

An estimated 2,000 patrons -- about twice as many as last spring -- attended the festivities, that included seminars, sidewalk sales, raffles, giveaways and a chili cook-off.

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About 2,000 outdoorsmen and women packed the parking lot of The Tackle Box near Punkin Center to enjoy the Second Annual Outdoor Rendezvous. The attendance at the fair and sidewalk sale was double over what it was last year.

Dennis Pirch, who founded the event with Mark Kile, said he couldn't be happier with the way the day turned out and is already making plans for an even bigger and better Rendezvous in 2007.

Among the highlights of the day was a series of 10 outdoor seminars presented by several local guides, outfitters and veteran hunters and fishermen.

The day opened with an 8 a.m. seminar on "Crappie Fishing at Roosevelt" by renowned angler Art Chamberlain.

Pirch said several in attendance wanted Chamberlain to present a second seminar later in the day, but he couldn't because of a previous commitment he had at a Phoenix-area boat show.

Other presentations were on white tail deer hunting, trout fishing, lion hunting, tournament team fishing, physical fitness and hunting, mule deer hunting, preseason scouting, archery hunting and bass fishing.

The daylong festivities were free of charge.

Last sign-up

Parents who missed the first three Payson Little League registrations have just one more opportunity to sign up.

The next and final chance will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

The fee is $60 for the first child in a family and $55 for each additional sibling. Parents will also be asked to volunteer in some form during the 2006 season.

Tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 25 on the Rumsey south multipurpose field. They are mandatory for players 9 years of age and older hoping to play in the majors division.

Little League officials stress the importance of signing up players as soon as possible so that plans for play can be finalized.

Call Linda Schreur at (928) 472-9331 for more information.

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