Anyone 75 and older can strut their stuff at the Northern Gila County Fair. You are in a class by yourselves. There is a Golden Age division in just about every department -- in some cases entries by those 75 and older are put in the "Senior" division.
No matter what it is called, it is an opportunity to show the young folks a thing or two about the value of time and experience.
Fair books with all the information about the different departments, as well as entry forms and rules are available at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department office in Green Valley Park and at both the Payson and Pine Public Libraries.
About the Fair
The Northern Gila County Fair opens to the public on Sept. 7 and continues through Sept. 9.
Most entries are due between noon and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5., however, exhibitors of livestock, rabbits and birds can submit their entries until 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5 -- these are entries that will be displayed at the Payson Event Center, others will be shown at the Tonto Apache Tribe Exhibit Hall (the recreation and fitness center).
There is no fee to enter an exhibit at the fair and no admission is charged to visit the old-fashioned event.
If you don't have something for the fair this year, with a little help from the Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle, you might be able to get something put together for next year's show -- or any number of upcoming holiday bazaars and craft sales. The Senior Circle members hope to get a running start on making holiday and seasonal craft items with the advent of its fall craft class. Or you can brush up on your drawing and painting skills at the Senior Circle's costumed model workshop.
The craft classes start next week with making "dishcloth britches" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4. Additionally there are ongoing projects: painting birdhouses and making "Blessing Baskets" and making a quilt for a fund-raiser. The Senior Circle's craft class is held each Tuesday.
To help make the craft class a success, donations are needed. The circle needs large yarn needles; yarn in white, tan, blue, green red and yellow; paintbrushes in various sizes; and small craft acrylic paints.
The drawing and painting workshop is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month. No instruction is offered, but Helen Tennent facilitates the program. The cost is $2 per session.
For details, call (928) 472-9290.