Take An Outing Out Of The Way


Looking for a getaway that is off the beaten path? Perhaps a visit to Young, will fill the bill. The tiny community sits deep below the Rim, this side of the Sierra Ancha Mountains. Its citizens will be pulling out the stops for a big party on July 18 — Pleasant Valley Days — and everyone is invited.

The fun and festivities planned include a parade; a quilt show combined with a tour of historic sites; the Ted Meredith Memorial Roping; a craft show; and tours to other historical sites not included in the quilt tour.

The Pleasant Valley Days Quilt Show, with the theme Yesterday or Today, is a self-guided tour that starts after the parade and continues to 5 p.m. Check at Braswell’s Chuckwagon for the map to the quilt display locations and about purchasing a quilt. While entries in the show are not limited to the theme — or even to just quilts — the theme quilts will be judged and displayed at the Seeley Adobe House, on North Ike Clark.

Coordinator of the quilt show Carol Braswell has opened the event to any handcrafted fabric or quilt-related items, which can range from a king-sized quilt to a coaster, including Christmas ornaments, wall hangings, pictures, placemats, towels, handbags, tote bags, hats and bonnets, jewelry bags, cloth baskets, jackets, vests, pillows, pillow cases or mini quilts. For forms and more information, contact Braswell at (928) 462-3661.

Most of Gila County’s finest heelers and headers have gathered each summer in Young to participate in the Ted Meredith Memorial Roping.

Meredith, who died in 2005, was a longtime Gila County rancher, a home builder, former high school wrestling champion and well known for fashioning custom spurs that are the envy of cowboys and cowgirls from around Arizona.

As good as the past ropings have been, Meredith Memorial sponsor Sarah Haught expects the next one — to be held July 18 and 19 as part of the Pleasant Valley Days celebration — to be even better.

Which means, it could draw more than the record 729 teams that competed in 2008.

“We could break that, we are getting a lot of calls and interest this year,” said Haught.

The “Scrambled Egg” mixed roping, for men and women will be held at 9 a.m., July 19.

Included in it will be an event for ropers 16-years-and-under.

Last year in the Scrambled Egg, Jamie Ewing and Randy Bran joined forces for first place and $632 each in prize money.

The all-girls event underwent a name change in 2008 and is now being called the Marsha Marcanti Memorial Roping. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.

The Marcanti winners receive saddles and second-place finishers are awarded buckles.

New to the Meredith Memorial this year will be a dummy roping for children and 3D barrel racing.

For more information about the roping, call Garrett or Sarah Haught at (928) 462-3800.

Entry fees during the weekend range from $25 for barrel racing to $125 for the Marcanti all-girls round robin.


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