The second annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival is this weekend.
This year, the festival is from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at Green Valley Park.
The festival is a cooperative effort of the Optimist Club, the Payson Park & Recreation Department, Arizona Game & Fish, KRIM-FM, Payson Community Christian School, Printing by George and John Wisner.
There will be free fishing in the lakes at the park, with no license required for those who register at the registration booth. There will also be classes, food and festivities. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.
There are also raffles for both adults and children.
People can receive raffle tickets by bringing new books to the festival. The books will benefit Child Protective Services, the Rim Country Literacy Program, Payson Community Kids and the Optimists' Christmas Food Drive. For one new book donors will receive a free children's raffle ticket and for three books they will have a choice of three children's or one adult raffle ticket. The books may be brought to the prize booth on April 12, where raffle tickets will be presented.
Raffle tickets will be drawn throughout the day for a variety of gifts, services and more. The raffle tickets for the major prizes will be drawn between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Raffle tickets can also be purchased from all Optimist members and volunteers who are helping with this event and at the parks office. KRIM radio staff also will sell tickets all day at Green Valley Park.