Wildlife Fair At Green Valley Park Saturday

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Tomorrow morning Green Valley Lake and the surrounding area will be bustling with activity where outdoor recreation will be the focus.

The 15th annual Wildlife Fair will be open to all visitors starting at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

Numerous wildlife exhibits will be showcased where birds, reptiles and fish will be on display for the enjoyment and education of all attendees.

Observing these animals up close creates a new appreciation for the native wildlife of Arizona. Last year, the lunker rainbows, German browns and Apache trout caught my attention, where I dreamed about what it would be like fighting one of these fish on an ultralight rod and reel.

The lake again will be stocked with hundreds of pounds of catchable rainbows with numerous bonus fish in the 15-inch-plus category, compliments of the Mogollon Sporting Association, one of the major sponsors for the fair.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will provide free fishing equipment, bait, and even expert advice for anyone who wants to try wetting a line.

This is a great opportunity for everyone in the family to have success in catching a trout and no license is required tomorrow for those attending the fair.

There will be a casting booth manned by the game and fish department that will help all novice anglers with their fishing skills. If fly fishing is your interest, then you won’t want to miss the free clinic sponsored by the local chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The tips provided will definitely make that next trip to the local lakes or streams more enjoyable.

The Tonto National Forest, which is another major sponsor, will have an educational display plus Smokey Bear, will be on hand to entertain the younger children. With the fire season fast approaching, their information will be valuable to every homeowner in the Rim Country.

An archery range and pellet gun targets will be constructed for youthful participants created by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Instruction in safe target practice and the correct method of handling firearms will be the main emphasis for all participants.

Refreshments will be sold by the Mogollon Sporting Association and all the proceeds will go to furthering youth activities in the Payson area, as well as to the improvement of wildlife habitat in the nearby hunting units.

The Payson Parks and Recreation program coordinates the day’s activities so that the entire family can have a fun-filled outdoor experience and the price is right, free.

The Rim Country and northern Gila County has so much to offer in outdoor recreation, and the Wildlife Fair at our own Green Valley Park will be the center of activity.

This fair will have something for everyone of all ages, so bring your friends and weekend visitors and enjoy the Arizona Outdoors, God’s creation.

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