Wildlife Fair


The 13th annual Payson Wildlife Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Green Valley Park. Admission is free.

In addition to birds of prey, other live animals on display will include rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, prairie dogs and alligators. Fair visitors can also test their skills at one of the casting booths, virtual fishing galleries, air gun or archery ranges.

They can also visit booths from a variety of conservation groups, including the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Arizona Wildlife Federation, Arizona State Parks and the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

Green Valley Lake will receive more than double its usual stocking of trout in preparation for this event.

The park typically receives about 300 pounds of trout per stocking. For this event, 800 pounds of fish will be released into the lake prior to the fair.

No fishing license is required for fair attendees, and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.

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