125th Anniversary Celebration Coming Together


Payson's 125th Anniversary Celebration has its own, easy-to-navigate, informative Web site at http://www.paysons125th.com/.

Committee member Ginger Schoettinger is responsible for the site.

She updates it frequently.

Wish Lights are the newest event in the planning stages for the Oct. 5, 6 and 7 celebration.

"People will buy a candle, make a wish and we send it out on a platform with several other candles," said Main Street manager, Carol McCauley.

The committee still needs to plan the details and obtain permission from the Gila County Sanitary District and Payson Parks and Recreation Department to make the event a reality.

"If we can make this work, it should be a beautiful sight," McCauley said.

Also in the works for the 125th Anniversary Celebration weekend is a Mystery Dinner. Playwrights for the event met last week. They put in ideas for Schoettinger to sit down and write.

The fictional play will solve the mystery of what happened to Takahashi, Zane Grey's cook.

"A good time should be had by all," Schoettinger said.

"I think (people) will get a kick out of it," McCauley said.

So far, there are four historical storytellers lined up for Saturday, Oct. 5. Ken and Brenda Moody of Bootleg Alley Arts and Antiques are going to be in period costume and have storytelling at their store. Mike and Debbie Stuart of Gasoline Alley will do the same.

Very shortly, the committee will be looking for volunteers for the Oct. 5 parade down Main Street.

McCauley has asked the Arizona State Lottery to help with the event. She has also invited the Arizona Highways television series to be at the event.

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