Green Valley Park in Payson will undergo an amazing transformation on Saturday, May 9, when its sprawling, grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and fun outdoor activities.
The 15th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
“This is a great way for the family to spend a Saturday,” says Craig McMullen, Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife manager in the Payson District.
“Parents and kids can fish, play games, and get a close-up look at lots of amazing animals. The wildlife featured is magnificent.”
Live animals on display will include owls, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, small mammals and alligators.
Fair visitors can also test their skills at a casting booth or the pellet gun and archery ranges, and they can visit booths from a variety of conservation groups, including the Arizona Antelope Foundation, Phoenix Herpetological Society, and Arizona State Parks, to name a few.
Green Valley Lake will receive more than double its normal stocking of trout in preparation for this event.
The park typically receives about 300 pounds of trout per stocking. For this event, 800 pounds of fish will be released into the lake prior to the fair.
No fishing license is required for fair attendees, and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.
The Payson Wildlife Fair is a cooperative effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Forest Service, Mogollon Sporting Association and Payson Parks and Recreation Department.