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ASA State Co-ed Softball Tournament

Rumsey Park will be this year's site for the ASA state championship co-ed tournament scheduled for July 29 and 30. Team registration deadline is July 1. The entry fee is $300 per team.

Barrel Racing and Pole Bending

Equestrian competition is offered 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through July. Entry fees are $5 per run.

Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Green Valley Park will once again play host to the annual 4th of July Fireworks display. This year's show features more than 2,500 aerial effects including a 60-shell grand finale. Family games and activities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well as a concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring Brian Childress and Western Fusion.

Sprint Triathlon July 8

This event features a 500-yard swim followed by a 15-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run. Adults may compete as individuals or in teams. The registration fees are $30 for an individual or $65 for a team. A youth division is also offered for individuals, and features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-mile bike ride and a 1.5-mile run.

NFL Flag Football

Flag football registration begins Monday, July 3 and continues through July 26. The league is for boys and girls ages 6 through 14. The cost is $25 per player. The league begins Monday, Aug. 28. There is no late registration for this league.

Home Run Derby

The Third Annual Home Run Derby will be held Friday, July 21. This event is sponsored by Mazatzal Casino and Payson Parks and Recreation. The event will be held at Rumsey 2 starting at 6 p.m. This competition features 21-and-over and 20-and-younger men's and women's divisions. The registration fee is $45 per three-person team and is due by Wednesday, July 19.

Concerts Under the Stars

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy live entertainment for free. A variety of musical entertainment will entice people of all ages. Concerts will be played at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater each Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Schedule is as follows:

July 8: Igor's Jazz Cowboys -- Western Swing/Dixieland Jazz

July 15: Loose Cannons Blues -- Chicago Style Blues

July 22: Top Cats -- Swing/ Jump Blues

July 29: Ellington Effect -- Alternative rock

General information

Please do not feed the ducks and geese at Green Valley Park. Did you know that feeding waterfowl unnatural foods like bread and popcorn is dangerous to them?

It may seem like a harmless thing to do, but artificial feeding can cause poor nutrition, spread of disease, wing deformities, water pollution, delayed migration, unnatural behavior, costly management efforts, increased hybridization and death.

Believe it or not, they have all the food and nutrition they need in the park with worms, bugs and other insects that live in grass.

Please help us maintain healthy waterfowl and cleaner park facilities. Instead of feeding them, opt for using a camera or binoculars to get up close to the waterfowl.

Payson Parks & Recreation: 1000 W. Country Club Dr.; (928) 474-5242 ext. 7; www.paysonparks.com

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