Payson's second annual flyball tournament will be held on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at Rumsey Park, with racing ongoing both days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jonnie Geen, of Payson, and her flyball dog racing team, INXS, will host this North American Flyball Association (NAFA) sanctioned tournament. The event is free and will be held at Rumsey Park, in the ball field across from the library.
This flyball tournament will feature some of the fastest racing teams in the Southwest. 2007 regional champion teams from California and Arizona will be racing, as will teams anxious to claim the 2008 champion titles. Flyball is the fastest-growing dog sport in the world.
Flyball races match two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side over a 51-foot course. Each dog must run in relay fashion down the lane, over jumps, trigger a flyball box, releasing the ball, retrieve the ball and return over the jumps. The next dog is released to run the course, but can't cross the start/finish line until the previous dog has returned over all four jumps and reached the start-finish line. The first team to have all four dogs finish the course without error wins the heat.
Besides the races, there will also be a raffle benefiting the Payson Humane Society Building Fund. In addition, PAWS in the Park will be offering T-shirts, coffee mugs and other quality merchandise for sale. Proceeds from those sales will also benefit the Payson Humane Society.