This magnificent picture won Christopher Creek resident Bob Quay first place in this year's Gila County Fair.
Bob said a number of folks, after seeing some of the pictures he took of God's beautiful creatures, encouraged him to do something with them, so he decided to enter them into the Gila County Fair.
Bob and Rita are part-time residents, so, I understand that Sam and Caren Seay took the pictures in for him and when they attended the fair, found out Bob had won.
Bob did not have a copy of the rules, so he entered eight photographs, hoping to win at least one ribbon.
He was surprised when he learned that the editor of Arizona Highways magazine was judging the photos, and that out of the eight pictures, he received nine ribbons.
He took the picture of the eagle while he was fly fishing at Woods Canyon Lake. I would say that beats catching a fish any day.
Bob encourages you to give it a try, if you have not had the enjoyable experience of capturing precious moments and special events with a digital camera. He only regrets that he waited until his late 70s to do so.
It just goes to show you that you are never to old to win a ribbon at the county fair. Congratulations, Bob.
Creekside's First Annual Oktoberfest is this Saturday and Sunday. Plan to come out to Christopher Creek and enjoy the nice fall weather.
Oktoberfest starts Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Owners Wolfgang and Jean Klein and Gene and Thelma Bettencourt will be serving up live polka bands, bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, red cabbage and, of course, apple strudel.
Along with German music comes German beer, wheat beer and dark beer, all under the beer tent, on their new patio and even in the parking lot.
This is one Oktoberfest you want to mark on your calendars, because it is going to be a very fun event, and I am sure will continue for years. Come out for some very good food and meet some really nice people.
Debbie at Tall Pines Market still has some space available for vendors this weekend and it is free. Give her a call at (928) 478-4550 if you want to sell your wares.
Ninth Annual Ladies Retreat
Ladies, mark your calendars for the Ladies Ninth Annual Retreat. It is at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10.
It is a salad luncheon, so bring along your favorite salad to share!
Also, there will be a 5 p.m. dinner at Creekside Steakhouse for those who would like to attend and an optional overnight, with a 9 a.m. breakfast at Creekside.
Bring along a friend or two for a day or two of spiritual blessing.
For more information on the retreat, call Pat Guevara at (928) 478-4122 or Jane Johnson at (928) 468-8048.
There will be childcare available (by appointment only) for Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling Theresa Branson at (928) 476-2558 by Oct. 1.
Erin Ronn, Dr. Jeff Ronn's son, will be celebrating another birthday on Sept. 28. Diane Davis of Hunter Creek will be having a celebration on Sept. 30 and adding another candle to her cake, and celebrating with some friends.
Oct. 1 is Rita Quay's birthday and I am sure she will have a birthday cake; I am hoping she doesn't have to bake it herself, being she is the best baker around.
Oct. 3. longtime resident Mimi Tidwell will be adding another candle to her cake. I happen to know that her cake is getting a little crowded, but she can still outdo a lot of people around here.
Rod Britain will also be adding a candle to his cake on Oct. 3, and I am sure he will be celebrating. I know Rod and Mimi go to Creekside for dinner every year on their birthday, being they are such good friends.
Wishing all of you a very Happy Birthday and may all your wishes come true.