The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has a good selection of sports events planned for the fall and winter. There will be adult volleyball, youth basketball and the Turkey Trot 5K, plus non-sport events such as the Halloween Festival, Tamales for Toys and the Main Street Electric Light Parade.
Women's and Men's Volleyball
Registration for women's and men's volleyball leagues will be held Oct. 23 through Nov. 17. Competitive and recreational divisions will be offered, with a four-team minimum for both divisions. Games will be held on weeknights. The entry fee is $175 per team and includes an end-of-season tournament. Season play begins in early December. Call (928) 474-5242 ext. 7 for more information.
Fall recreational basketball begins for grades 7-8 in November. Registration ended Oct. 13.
Games will be played on Saturdays and some weeknights. Those who register after the deadline for their age group will be placed on teams only if space permits. Call (928) 474-5242 ext. 7 for more information.
Registration for grades three and four will take place from Nov. 20 through Dec. 15, with games beginning in January. Registration for grades five and six is from Dec. 26 through Jan. 19, with games beginning in February.
Turkey Trot 5K
The Turkey Trot 5K Run is at Green Valley Park Nov. 18. The run is 3.1 miles and begins and ends at the park amphitheater. Start time is 9 a.m. Registration is currently taking place. The fee is $15 per person. The day of the race, registration goes up to $20 per person.
The annual Truck or Treat festivities sponsored by the town will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Rumsey Park. The parks department provides the candy for costumed volunteers to distribute from decorated booths. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. There will also be music, games and a raffle.
To arrange for a booth, call the parks department at (928) 474-5242 ext. 7.
Tamales for Toys
The annual exchange of new toys for a plate of tamales will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Payson Elks Lodge. The toys generated by the event are used for the Public Safety Christmas For Kids program. Cash contributions are always welcome as well. For more information, call Monica at the Payson Fire Department at (928) 474-5242 ext. 300.
Main Street Electric Light Parade
The community celebrates the holidays at this event each year. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and goes from the Sawmill Crossing area to Green Valley Park where the community Christmas tree is lighted. Food and beverage vendors will be found along the route. For details about participating, call Carol McCauley, director Payson Main Street Program, at (928) 468-6074.
Trout tourney benefits Christian school
Once again anglers can bring their competitive spirit into play to benefit the Payson Community Christian School.
The PCCS seventh annual Trout Tournament is this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 21, at Willow Springs Lake.
The cost to participate is $25 per person and $10 per child, 13 and younger. Proceeds will help PCCS build a new school.
First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for the largest fish and total weight of fish caught in the following categories:
- Rainbow Trout and German Brown Trout (six limit)
- Large and Small Mouth Bass (no limit)
Special awards will be presented to the young anglers -- trophies for first, second and third place for biggest fish (either trout or bass).
Rules for the tourney:
Minimum size fish to keep is 8 inches.
Valid fishing license and trout stamp is required (for adults).
Entrants must fish Willow Springs Lake only.
The tournament will take place in all types of weather.
Decisions by the tournament director are final.
Registration opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 7 a.m. Pre-registered fishermen must check in.
Weigh-in starts at 3 p.m. and closes at 4 p.m. (it will take place by the dock, so participants may catch and release).
Awards and prizes will be presented in the parking lot (at the PCCS motor home) beginning at 4 p.m.
Willow Springs Lake is 32 miles east of Payson on Highway 260 -- to find the right spot, watch for the Payson Community Christian School sign.
Registration fees should be made by check, payable to PCCS, HC2 Box 125, Payson, AZ 85541.
For more information, call (928) 474-8050, or visit the Web site PCCS@cybertrails.com.