Rim Country Calendar Of Events

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MAY

May 24, 25

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Strawberry -- the little haven above Pine -- was named for the wild strawberries that grew there. Not many of the sweet delights are in the wild now, but there will be plenty of cultivated ones at the annual Strawberry Festival June 7, 8 and 9.

  • Annual Memorial Weekend Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Show:

Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please call (928) 476-4480.

  • Mounted Shooters of America Competition: Payson Event Center.

For additional information, contact TC Thorstenson at (602) 319-0079 or visit www.newmsa.com.

May 24, 25, 26

  • Mountain High Days Arts and Crafts Bazaar: Gila County Courthouse parking lot, corner of Highway 87 and West Frontier St., Payson; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, please call (928) 595-4397.

May 28 thru July 30

  • 7D Barrel Race and Pole Bending Series: Payson Event Center, Wednesday night equestrian event runs May thru July. There will be no race on July 2. Books open at 5:30 p.m., competition begins 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 260 or email chunt@ci.payson.az.us.

May 29 thru Sept. 24

  • Thursday Night Ropings, Payson Event Center. Grace Productions will be holding jackpot ropings on Thursday nights, May thru September, gates open at 6 p.m. There will be no ropings June 26, July 3, July 31, Aug 14 or Sept 4.

For additional information, contact Destry Haught at (480) 710-3335.

May 29

  • An Evening with Alyse Black: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Event Hall. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets available at KRIM-FM, Payson Music Center,

Western Village, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Appliances Plus and Chakra Botanica. For additional information, contact Kit McGuire at (928) 978-3795.

May 30

  • Team Sorting: Payson Event Center,

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The annual demolition derby at the Northern Gila County Fair is a relatively new addition to events in the Rim Country, but it is proving one of the most popular.

monthly team sorting competition. Books open at 5:30 p.m. followed by competition at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Destry Haught at (480) 710-3335.

May 31

  • Water Wise Landscape and Gardening Seminar presented by the High Country Xeriscape Council of AZ: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gila County Community College Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. Features speakers and exhibits, with a variety of water-wise plants and water conservation methods. Lunch will be available for a small donation. For additional information, please contact Lois Hurd at (928) 970-1582.

May 31

Mogollon Montoneras Monthly Gymkhanas: Payson Event Center. For start times and events, contact Megan Ward at (928) 476-2570.

JUNE

June 6

  • First Friday Art and Antiques Walk, Old (West) Main Street in Payson. Shops, galleries and more open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring music, refreshments and specials, presented by the Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

June 6, 7

  • Relay for Life: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Payson High School. Helps raise money for cancer research. For additional information, contact Robin at (928) 595-1568.

June 6, 7, 8

  • The Vietnam War Memorial Exhibit -- "The Wall": Green Valley Park, Tribute Wall accompanied by an art and memorabilia display will be open 24 hours a day. Dedication ceremonies time to be announced.
  • Strawberry Patchers 12th Annual Quilt Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pine-Strawberry Community Center, Pine.

$2 at door. For additional information, contact Elaine Putnam at (928) 476-3511.

June 7

  • Garden Tour 2008: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Rim Area Gardeners. Tour six local Payson gardens. Tickets $5; program with map and directions to gardens provided. For more information, contact Lita Nicholson at (928) 472-7952.

June 7

  • Old Tyme Auction: Sponsored by Mogollon Health Alliance, 308 E. Aero Drive 8 a.m. preview, auction 9 a.m. to noon; benefits programs.

June 7, 8

  • Law Enforcement Rodeo: 9 a.m., Payson Event Center. Featuring everything but rough stock. Riders are law enforcement officers, firefighters, Game and Fish employees, etc. No gate fee.
  • Annual Strawberry Festival: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pine-Strawberry Community Center, Pine.

June 13, 14

  • Annual Zane Grey Twirlers Square

Dance Festival. Call (928) 474-6878 for details

June 13, 14, 15

  • Roping and Barrel Race: Payson Event Center. Barrel race Friday, June 13, books open at 5:30 p.m., race begins at 7 p.m. Roping Saturday, June 14, books open at 8 a.m., roping begins 9 a.m. Sunday, June 15 there will be a 9 a.m. fellowship followed by roping at 11 a.m. For additional information, contact Destry Haught at (480) 710-3335.

June 14

  • Payson Sprint Triathlon: 6 a.m., Rumsey Park. For details, call Payson Parks & Rec, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
  • Sunshine Kids Fundraiser Dance and Silent Auction: 6:30 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Event Center, $10 admission. Dance to "Whitewater" 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For additional information or tickets, contact Linda Snep at (928) 474-2337.

  • Summer Concert Series - Sonoran Swing: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Free admission. Concert is rain or shine. For additional information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

June 14, 15

  • Father's Day Weekend Roping hosted by Grace Productions: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Event Center. Saturday books open 8 a.m., roping begins 9 a.m. Sunday 9 a.m. fellowship, followed by roping at 11 a.m. For additional information, contact Destry Haught at (480) 710-3335.

June 20

  • Team Sorting: 6:30 p.m., Payson Event Center. Books open at 5:30 p.m., followed by competition at 6:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact Destry Haught at (480) 710-3335.

June 20-22

  • BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Payson Event Center.

Free admission. There are adoption fees for the animals. Auction Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. For additional information, contact Diane Williams at (928) 505-1250 or visit Web site.

June 21

  • Summer Concert Series - Junction 87: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

Free admission. Concert is rain or shine. For additional information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

  • Mogollon Montoneras Gymkhana: Payson Events Center. For start times and events, contact Megan Ward at (928) 476-2570.

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The third weekend of every August for more than 120 years, Payson becomes Rodeo Country with the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo and the fun it offers everyone.

June 28

  • Summer Concert Series - Big Daddy D and the Dynamites: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Free admission. Concert is rain or shine. For additional information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

June 28, 29

  • Moto-Cross: Payson Events Center. For information, contact Zack McKinley at (623) 434-1038.

JULY

July 4

  • 4th of July Celebration: Green Valley Park. For details, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
  • First Friday Art and Antiques Walk, Old (West) Main Street in Payson. Shops, galleries and more open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring music, refreshments and specials, presented by the Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.
  • Summer Concert Series - John Carpino and the Hot Cappucinos: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

Free admission. Concert is rain or shine. For additional information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

July 4, 5, 6

  • Annual Fourth of July Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Show: Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pine Community Center. For additional information, please call (928) 476-4480
  • Moto-Cross: Payson Event Center. For information, contact Zack McKinley at (623) 434-1038.

July 9 thru 14

  • Western Women Amateur Open Pool Tournament: Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. For additional information, please call (928) 978-5507.

July 12

  • Summer Concert Series - Gypsy Juke Rockers: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Free admission. Concert is rain or shine. For additional information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

July 12, 13

  • Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association: 8 a.m., Payson Event Center. Free to the public. For additional information, contact Elizabeth Dragoo at (602) 400-3344.

July 18

  • Northern Gila County Historical Society's Dance and Silent Auction: 6:30 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Event Center.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the paving of the Beeline Highway. $50 admission. Tickets available at the Rim Country Museum. For additional information, contact Lita Nickolson at (928) 474-3483.

July 19, 7 p.m.

  • Summer Concert Series - Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Free admission. Concert is rain or shine. For additional information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

July 19, 20

  • Chancy Bradshaw Memorial Roping:

Payson Event Center. For additional information, contact Mike Foster at (480) 988-2302.

July 25

  • Team Sorting: Payson Event Center, Books open at 5:30 p.m. followed by competition at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Destry Haught at (480) 710-3335.

July 26

  • National Barrel Horse Association Racing: Payson Event Center. Race will be held in the morning prior to the afternoon gymkhana. For additional information, contact Jan Finney at (480) 895-9080.
  • Mogollon Montoneras Gymkhana:

Payson Event Center. For start times and events, contact Megan Ward at (928) 476-2570.

  • Summer Concert Series - Brandon Shepard: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Free admission. Concert is rain or shine. For additional information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

July 27

  • National Christian Barrel Horse Association Racing: Payson Event Center. The NCBRA will be racing on Sundays following their cowboy church service. For additional information, contact Crystal Logan at (623) 582-5609.

AUGUST

Aug. 1

  • First Friday Art and Antiques Walk, Old (West) Main Street in Payson. Shops, galleries and more open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring music, refreshments and specials, presented by the Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Aug. 2, 3

  • Moto-Cross: Payson Event Center. For information, contact Zack McKinley at (623) 434-1038.

Aug. 6 thru 11

  • BCAPL Arizona State Championship Pool Tournament: Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. For additional information, please call (928) 978-5507

Aug. 6

  • Turn 'n Burn Barrel and Pole Bending Series: Payson Events Center. Books open 5:30 p.m., competition starts 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Charlene Hunt at 928-474-5242, ext. 260 or email chunt@ci.payson.az.us.

Aug. 8, 9, 10

  • 2nd Annual Gracie Memorial Barrel Race, Team Roping and Kansas City Barbecue Society Cook-off: Payson Event Center. Proceeds benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance in memory of Gracie Lee Haught. Barrel race Friday, August 8, books open 5:30 p.m., race begins 6:30 p.m. Roping Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. until finished. There will be barbecue and dance Saturday 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Hughes at (928) 472-2588.

Aug. 13

  • Turn 'n Burn Barrel and Pole Bending Series: Payson Events Center. Books open 5:30 p.m., competition starts 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Charlene Hunt at 928-474-5242, ext. 260 or email chunt@ci.payson.az.us.

Aug. 15, 16, 17

  • 124th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo: Payson Events Center. For additional information, please call (928) 474-4515.

Aug. 16

  • Rodeo Parade: For additional information, please call (928) 474-4515.

Aug. 20

  • Turn 'n Burn Barrel and Pole Bending Series: Payson Events Center. Books open 5:30 p.m., competition starts 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Charlene Hunt at 928-474-5242, ext. 260 or email chunt@ci.payson.az.us.

Aug. 22

  • Team Sorting: Payson Events Center. Books open at 5:30 p.m. followed by competition at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Destry Haught at 480-710-3335.

Aug. 23

  • National Barrel Horse Association:

Payson Events Center. Race will be held in the morning prior to the afternoon gymkhana. For additional information, contact Jan Finney at (480) 895-9080.

  • Mogollon Montoneras Gymkhana: Payson Event Center. For start times and events, contact Megan Ward at (928) 476-2570.

Aug. 24

  • National Christian Barrel Horse Association: Payson Event Center. The NCBRA will be racing Sundays following a cowboy church service. For additional information, contact Crystal Logan at (623) 582-5609.

Aug. 27

  • Turn 'n Burn Barrel and Pole Bending Series: Payson Events Center. Books open 5:30 p.m., competition starts 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Charlene Hunt at 928-474-5242, ext. 260 or email chunt@ci.payson.az.us.

Aug. 30, 31

  • Annual Labor Day Weekend Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Show: Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please call (928) 476-4480.
  • Mounted Shooters of America Competition: Payson Event Center. For additional information, contact TC Thorstenson at (602) 319-0079 or visit www.newmsa.com.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 5

  • First Friday Art and Antiques Walk, Old (West) Main Street in Payson. Shops, galleries and more open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring music, refreshments and specials, presented by the Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Sept. 5, 6, 7

Northern Gila County Fair: Payson Event Center and Tonto Apache Tribe Gymnasium. For information, call Wendell Stevens at (928) 595-0113.

Sept. 7, 1 p.m.

  • Demolition Derby, Payson Event Center. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., Derby starts at 1 p.m. For more information, call Nelson Beck, (928) 474-5242, ext. 306.

Sept. 13, 14

  • Jim Barrett Memorial High School Rodeo: 9 a.m., Payson Event Center.

Sept. 17

  • Jordan Circus: Payson Event Center.

For details, call (702) 456-2642.

Sept. 27, 28

  • Old Time Fiddlers Contest: Details to be announced.

OCTOBER

Oct. 3

  • First Friday Art and Antiques Walk, Old (West) Main Street in Payson. Shops, galleries and more open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring music, refreshments and specials, presented by the Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Oct. 4

  • Payson Heritage Festival: 9 a.m., Green Valley Park. Exhibits, food, music and fun for all. For details, call (928) 468-6074.

Information courtesy of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Payson Economic Vitality and Tourism Office.

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