It's Going To Be Hectic Summer At Event Center


Payson Event Center Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt is gearing up for a hectic summer.

Among the events she'll help host at PEC are rodeos, the 7D Barrel Race and Pole Bending series, Thursday Night Ropings, five team sortings, the Turn 'N Burn series, a Kansas City Barbecue Society Cook Off, the Gracie Haught Memorial Barrel Race and Team Roping, gymkhanas, the Northern Gila County Fair and Demolition Derby, August Doin's and an animal adoption.

As busy as she is destined to be, probably the most frenzied weekend will be June 20-22 when a team sorting, gymkhana and the Rim Country's first-ever wild horse and burro adoption will be held in PEC.

Registration for the team sorting begins at 5:30 p.m. June 20 and the competition kicks off an hour later. Destry Haught, who can be reached at (480) 710-3335, and Grace Productions will host the equestrian sport that is relatively new to the Rim Country.

A Mogollon Montoneras monthly gymkhana will be held the following evening, June 21.

In the Montoneras-sponsored gymkhanas, contestants traditionally compete in a jackpot series in which there is to be no year-end rewards, but pay out will increase after each event.

Equestrians compete in age groups including 6 and under, 7 to 9, 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 to 30, 31-years and over and lead line.

Each competition will feature barrel racing, pole bending and a specialty event, such as "Big O," "Waterglass," "Big T" and "Butterfly."

For those unfamiliar with the Mogollon Montoneras organization, it is a nonprofit group, run solely by volunteers. Which means members and their families will be asked to assist with the production of the events, including setup, breakdown and working the entry/exit gates.

The Montoneras have long been a huge part of Rim Country culture.

For more information, call Megan Ward at (928) 476-2570.

For the wild horse and burro adoption, the Bureau of Land Management is expected to bring about 30 wild horses and 10 burros to the event.

All the animals have been gathered from public lands in the west, BLM spokesperson Diane Williams said.

The animals will be in good health and have records of vaccinations as well as herd origin and equine information.

Potential adopters must submit applications to BLM providing both personal information and facts about the facilities where the animals will be cared for.

BLM can approve or reject the applications.

The first day of the adoption process is an "open house" in which the animals will be available for viewing and potential adopters can submit their applications.

Beginning at 10 a.m., June 21, a 30-minute silent bid auction will be held for all BLM-approved adopters.

Bids will begin at $125 per animal.

After the auction, anyone who has made a successful bid on an animal may then participate in "adopt-a-buddy" in which they can chose another horse, from those remaining, for $25, Williams said.

After the auction and "adopt-a-buddy" are over, all remaining animals may be adopted for $125 each.

After all fees are paid, BLM officials will help load the animals in the adopter's trailer.

Williams said the BLM would allow civic groups or organizations to set up refreshment booths at the event center.

For more information about any PEC event, call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

Wrestling camp

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is set to host the Little Longhorn Wrestling Camp May 27 to 30 in the Wilson Dome wrestling room. The camp is open to aspiring grapplers in grades five through nine. PHS coaches and varsity wrestlers will oversee that camp.

The fee is $20, which includes a camp T-shirt.

Call Joe Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359 for more information.

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