Around Rim Country


Car show coming to town

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s plans for the 17th Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show are in the final stages.

This year’s show will be exciting from start to finish, organizers said.

“We will kick off on Friday, April 23 with registration starting at 11 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m. Then at 4 p.m. we will start the Cruise-In down Main Street, turn north on the Beeline to 260, east on 260 to Tyler Parkway. Then north on Tyler Parkway to the roundabout at the Beeline, then south, back to Main Street and back to Green Valley Park. There the fun continues,” said organizers.

The Kiwanis Club will provide the Brat Burn, with desserts by the ladies of the car club and music provided by Junction 87.

The big show takes place in Green Valley Park Saturday, April 24 with registration for show cars starting at 8 a.m. There will be food vendors, cars and rods, and good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll provided by KCMA FM 98.5 all day. The awards and door prizes will begin at 3:30 p.m. The grand prize this year is a “Hot Rod BBQ” as seen on TV.

The show is free to those who attend. Spectator parking is available this year and it is free too.

For more information, contact John Turner at (928) 472-3236 or Ken Gunderson at (928) 595-1980.

Dutch oven cooking

Once again the Payson parks department will have Dutch oven cooking classes.

The first class will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 17 at Rumsey Park, Ramada 4. The deadline to register is Thursday, April 8.

The second class will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 24 at Rumsey Park, Ramada 4. Register now through July 15 for the second session.

Participants will learn how to cook main dishes, desserts and fresh bread from award-winning Dutch oven cooking instructors.

The cost is $30 per person.

Relay for Life still taking teams

Fewer than 80 days remain until Payson runs the relay that saves lives.

There are 18 teams signed up and several other people are looking for groups to join.

This year’s Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m., Friday June 4 at the Payson High School track and continues through the night until 6 a.m., Saturday, June 5 to honor the round-the-clock fight of those battling cancer.

Local leaders are recruiting teams to participate, survivors to honor, and businesses willing to sponsor. For more information, visit

To start or join a team, contact Team Chair DJ Craig at (928) 468-1482 or Dusty Miller at (928) 468-6292, or at

Food bank golf tourney

St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country Food Bank is preparing for its ninth annual golf tournament, “Tee Off for Hunger,” to raise funds to help those in need.

The April 24 benefit at Payson Golf Course will be a four-person shotgun scramble, with teams balanced according to handicap.

To register for the tournament, call Richard Roy at (928) 474-9559 or Mary Smith at (928) 468-8766. Mail registration along with your donation of $70 ($45 for Payson Golf Course members) to HC4 Box 3M, Payson, AZ 85541-9571. The deadline for registration is April 19.

Constitutional seminar

A seminar on the U.S. Constitution, “Making of America” is being sponsored by the Payson Tea Party. The seminar will be presented by the National Center for Constitutional Studies (

The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24 at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E. Cedar St., Payson. The cost is $10 per person, which covers the workbook participants will use. Register with payment by April 8 to guarantee having a book. Checks should be made payable to June Dudley. Purchase your tickets at any regular Payson Tea Party meeting, held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at Famous Sam’s, or call Shirley Dye at (928) 468-1131. Participants will need to bring a pencil, other materials provided; a lunch (or go out during the one-hour lunch break) or pre-purchase a box lunch provided by Mojoe’s Cafe for $5.

To learn more about the Payson Tea Party organization, visit the Web site

Spring Fashion Show

The Blue Thong Society will host its first Spring Fashion Show at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 25 at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway.

See fashions from local merchants and get a discount on their purchase, plus a gourmet luncheon, door prizes and gift bags.

Admission is $20, with all proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Central Arizona. For more information, call (928) 978-4100.

Benefit concert

The Sonoran Swing Band will present the concert, Best of the Big Band Sounds at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 25 at the Payson High School auditorium to benefit the Payson Institute of Learning. Admission is $18 per person. Tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Payson Wildlife Fair

The spring recreation scene peaks 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8 at Green Valley Park where the 15th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair will offer a myriad of free activities including fishing and outdoor games.

Also participating will be the usual array of conservation groups offering up-close and personal looks at all types of wildlife including birds of prey, snakes, Gila monsters and alligators.

Food booths will offer a variety of lip-smacking delights including hamburgers and hot dogs cooked up by members of the Mogollon Sporting Association.

The fair is a cooperative effort of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

For the event, fishing opportunities will be greatly enhanced by a stocking of trout that will be twice the amount usually placed in the lake.

Each year since the fair’s founding 15 years ago inside Rim Country Middle School gymnasium, it has grown in leaps and bounds. It now attracts hundreds of visitors from around Gila County and the Valley area.

It is especially popular among the younger set who enjoy the free fishing, angling lessons, children’s game and the fascinating glimpses of wildlife.

O-C (O bar C) Ranch Poker Ride

There will be a Ranch Poker Ride Saturday, April 24 at the O-C Ranch in Tonto Basin (1390 Ewing Trail).

The ride is 42.7 miles long and will take five to six hours. Sign up at 8 a.m., and the ride begins at 9 a.m. Pack a picnic and pick a spot along the way.

Rides can be ATVs, UTVs and 4-wheel Jeeps only.

The cost is $20 per hand. And the proceeds benefit the Relay for Life/Cancer Foundation.

The poker ride will travel through the beautiful back country of Arizona along a trail that leads to a historic cabin that the local cowboys used to stay in while driving their cattle to the sale every year.

 For information or directions, call (928) 978-1254 or (928) 978-0540

Payson Choral Society presents ‘Encore XX’

Mark your calendars now! The Payson Choral Society’s Spring concert “Encore XX” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris comes to the Payson High School auditorium Saturday, May 8. Performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Concert tickets are $8 for adults, all students under 18, and children are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert.

Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded and the students sing each year at the spring concert.

Library bookstore specials

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore’s theme for April is “Spring Into Fitness.” Spring is a great time to start correcting winter’s indulgences. Therefore, the bookstore is featuring two-for-one specials on health and fitness materials. The categories included in this promotion are health, diet and self-help.  

Spring also means it’s time to think about getting your garden going. Whether you want to plant a rose bush or start a new vegetable garden, the bookstore’s gardening section has useful information at a great price. During April all gardening books will be offered at two for the price of one. Since the bookstore normally prices hardback books at $3, $2 or $1, this is a golden opportunity to load up on extremely reasonably priced gardening material.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the LFOP Web site at

Benefit motorcycle rally planned

Plan now to make time the weekend of Oct. 8, 9 and 10 to have some fun, help the community and maybe win one of at least seven new motorcycles or an ATV. A benefit motorcycle rally is being organized for the Mogollon Health Alliance, Gracie Lee Haught Foundation and the American Legion. The family-oriented event will feature live music, special contests, activities just for children, plus local and national vendors. As more details are finalized, they will be published in the Payson Roundup and on a dedicated Web site for the rally that is currently in development.


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