Golly, wasn’t the traffic in town (and the backup just trying to get here) something this past Labor Day weekend? But, who can blame our flatlander friends from wanting to escape the oppressive heat of the Valley?
With the summer now unofficially over, we will most likely see less traffic in Payson, but we’ll certainly not be at a loss for things to do in the Rim Country.
This Friday night, sports fans can cheer on our Longhorn football team as it kicks off the first home game at 7 p.m.
If music is your cup of tea, then you’ll want to catch the Tonto Community Concert Association season debut in the high school auditorium, featuring “Chapter 6,” also scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday night.
If you plan to attend either event, you may want to get there early — parking just could be a problem.
In addition to the two high school-based events this weekend, the Northern Gila County Fair will be held Friday through Sunday at the Payson Event Center and both inside and outside of the Tonto Apache gymnasium.
I understand this year at the fair there will be new and exciting rides for the young and young-at-heart, plus more craft and food vendors than ever.
Inside the gymnasium, the creations of local amateur artists from around the area will be on display. Also, the beautiful fine art of each of Payson’s elementary school children will be there for your enjoyment.
Next to the gym, you will find home-grown vegetables and plants, the pride of our local gardeners.
Some of the local vendors that will be on hand outside the gymnasium will be Paper & Metal Scrappers, Scoops Ice Cream and the Spice Girls. I’ll also be there (hopefully set up next to Scoops), playing your favorite tunes. Please stop by and say, “hello.”
The 2009 Northern Gila County Fair should be better than ever!
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the rock ’n’ roll singer, songwriter and guitarist who in 2003 recorded the song, “County Fair?”
He was born and raised in Freehold, N.J., where he played in local clubs in the mid-1960s.
In 1993, he became the musical director for TV’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
This artist charted 25 Billboard hits from 1977 through 2005. Some of his more popular songs were “My Hometown,” “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Dancing in the Dark” His nickname was “The Boss.”
Is this rock legend A) Rick Springfield, B) Dusty Springfield, C) Bruce Springsteen, or D) The Landon Shill Band?
If you are caller number five this week and have the correct answer, you will win a $15 gift certificate from Paper & Metal Scrappers on the north Beeline Highway, courtesy of owners Brenda Martell and Barbara Wilembrecht.
Now, let’s check and see how we did with last week’s question, which was: Can you name the four-member country group who scored a 1985 No. 1 hit with the song “Forty-Hour Week (For A Livin’)”?
Was this country band: A) Little Texas, B) The Mavericks, C) Alabama, or D) The Landon Shill Band?
The correct answer was Alabama.
Congratulations to this past week’s contest winner, Keri Parker, who won a CD of Alabama’s greatest hits.
Keri was born in Saginaw, Mich. At age 10, she moved with her parents to Arizona. Following high school, Keri began her working days as a line cook at Rip Griffin’s Truck Stop, west of Buckeye. It was at this fine dining establishment that she met Chuck, who also worked at Rip’s. The two were soon off to their first date at the local bowling alley in Goodyear. Keri and Chuck have been married for 16 wonderful years and have a son, T.J., a freshman at Payson High School.
For the last eight years, Keri has been employed as a kindergarten aide at Frontier Elementary School and for the past three as a teacher at the SonShine Club after-school program. On Sunday mornings she is the nursery attendant at the United Methodist Church.
In her spare time, Keri likes to oil paint, watch a good comedy and listen to most genre of music, from the rock ’n’ roll ’50s to the hard rock of today. Her favorite artists are the Moody Blues, My Chemical Romance and All American Rejects.
Have a great weekend. And don’t forget — meet me at the fair!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com