Winter is over. Before the high heat of summer hits, make plans to get out and about around the state to enjoy some of the special spring events.
Keep April 26 free, that is the day of the big Beeline Cruise-In Car Show on West Main in Payson, presented by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club and honoring the 50th anniversary of the Beeline Highway.
April 23 through April 27 - Steal away up North 87 to Winslow for Winslow Railroad Days. See model trains from all over the region. The event features railroad history, vendors and many displays from several Arizona Railroad Clubs. Winslow is now a major hub for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. For more information visit the Web site www.winslowarizona.org.
April 24 through April 27 - Bird lovers need to make a trip to the Verde Valley for the annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. The registration fee for the entire festival is only $10. This fee includes parking and admission to the park, and access to general workshops, exhibits and booths, and the Welcome Reception on Thursday evening. Field trips, guided walks, seminars and special events have an additional fee. For more information contact the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, (928) 634-7593, 1010 S. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326. You may also register during the festival at the on-site registration booth at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.
April 25 through April 27, Tucson - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption at the Pima County Fair. The Bureau of Land Management will offer the wild horses and burros for adoption. Call (866) 468-7826 for details.
April 25 through April 27, Benson - Bluegrass in the Park at Lions Park. There will be workshops, jam sessions and lots of great entertainment. Call (520) 586-2842 or (520) 221-0377 for more information.
April 26 and 27, May 3 and 4 - The 93rd Annual Sonoita Horse Races at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information, call (520) 455-5553.
April 26 through April 27, Sedona - Bell Rock Plaza Art and Craft Show with 35 artists and craftsmen displaying paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. Call (928) 264-9627 for details.
April 30 through May 4, Sedona - Sedona Bluegrass Festival 2008 at Creekside, Los Abrigados Resort, featuring Psychograss. For more information, call (928) 204-2415.
May 2 through May 4 - Payson Art League hosts ‘Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour featuring 28 juried artists exhibiting in 18 studio locations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 472-8147.
May 2 through May 4, Sedona - 6th Annual Sedona Artists Open Studio Tour from the Sedona Arts Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (928) 284-1994 for more information.
May 3, Chandler - 11th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 100 E. Commonwealth, noon to 8 p.m., featuring the popular Chihuahua Races and the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua. Call (480) 895-0440 for details.
May 3, Ash Fork - Annual Pioneer Day at the Arizona Department of Transportation historic building, next to the Ash Fork Inn, parade at 9:30 a.m., Dutch oven cooking, chili cook-off, crafts and entertainment. Call (928) 637-2413 for details.
May 3, Yarnell - Yarnell Days Classic Car Show, gold panning, arts and crafts, and entertainment on State Route 89, (928) 427-6262.
May 3, Tucson - Tucson Street Rod Association's Hot Rod Show, on Fourth Ave., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., (520) 624-5004.
May 9 and 10, Lake Powell - 6th Annual Cruisin' Lake Powell Car Show at Lake Powell Resort, (928) 645-1043.
May 10, Payson - Wildlife Fair and Fishing Fest, Green Valley Park, (480) 981-9400.
May 10, Buckeye - Spring Demolition Derby at the Helzapoppin Rodeo Arena, (623) 386-2727.
May 10 and 11, Kingman - 30th Annual Festival of the Arts, Metcalf Park, (928) 757-0812.
May 16 and 17, Payson - Annual Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, Payson Event Center.
May 17, Payson - Aero Fair at Payson Airport with exhibits, plane rides, crafts and food, (928) 472-4748.
May 17, Phoenix - 5th Annual Arizona Safe Boating Celebration, Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Watercraft safety checks, swimmer rescue demonstrations, watercraft demonstrations, displays and drawings for prizes, (602) 372-7460.
May 17, Fort Apache - Fort Apache Crown Dancers, procession, speakers, arts and crafts (928) 338-4625.