Quilters Help Commemoration

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Getting recorded photographically for posterity are members of the 125th Commemorative Committee as they show off the quilt designed and sewed in honor of Payson's 125th anniversary. Pictured from left to right are Wally Davis, Rose Anne Self, Caroline Johnson, the quilt, Linda Barrett, Judy Herbolsheimer and Laura McCoy. The quilt will be raffled off to the owner of a ticket purchased between now and October 7. A wall replica will be displayed in the Northern Gila County Historical Society Museum located in Green Valley Park in Payson.

A select group of quilters from around the Rim Country put their talents together to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Payson and honor the area's pioneers.

A special quilt, designed specifically for the anniversary celebration, was presented to the members of the steering committee organizing the week of 125th anniversary events, which will take place the first week of October.

The presentation was Tuesday morning at the Northern Gila County Historical Society Museum at Green Valley Park.

The painstaking work of the quilters will not remain locked away in the museum. It will be raffled off Oct. 7 -- the final day of the celebration. Tickets are available for the raffle now. They are selling for $1 each or six for $5.

The quilters did double duty and presented a wall-hanging size replica of the commemorative quilt to be displayed at the museum.

Participating in the project were Caroline Johnson, Rose Anne Self, Linda Barrett, Bobbi Thompson, Judy Prince, Jeanette Wirtz, Laura McCoy, Judy Herbolsheimer and Debbie Stanton, who did the quilting.

The quilt will be available for viewing during all performances of the rodeo Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17, 18 and 19.

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