Getaway Around Rim Country


Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping

The 2010 Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping will be Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Payson Event Center. The entry fee is $30 per contestant (cash only). Entries will be taken Saturday; books open at 7:30 a.m. and events begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Entrants, their families and the public are invited to the dinner and dance Saturday evening with food catered by Suzy Q’s BBQ beginning at 5 p.m. and music by DJ Johnny from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $15 for dinner and dance or $5 dance only. There will be a Calcutta Auction at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Kids’ Dummy Roping at 8 p.m.

The Payson Event Center is located on the west side of Hwy. 87 (the Beeline), across from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Proceeds support GLH programs: assistance to a family for a child’s crisis medical bills, child safety program, and car seats for families in need. GLH programs are administered by the Mogollon Health Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Princess Tea Party

Young ladies of the Rim Country are invited to a Princess Tea Party at the Payson Public Library. Join us for tea (iced) and snacks, fun games, and great prizes. Play dress up and walk our Fashion Runway Show.

Two tea parties will be hosted, one for each age group. The party for those 4 to 7 will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7; and the party for young ladies ages 8 to 12 is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21.

Each gathering is limited to 25 girls and only one sign-up per child. Sign-up in the Children’s Room or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

Gun and Knife Show

The ninth annual Payson Gun and Knife Show, presented by Firing Pin Enterprises, Inc. at the Tonto-Apache Gymnasium is Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8.

Vendors from several Western states will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. New, used and antique firearms, knives and related Western memorabilia will be available to see, touch and buy. Also on hand will be ammunition, books, coins and variety of shooting, hunting, and outdoor accessories.

The public may bring firearms and related items to sell, trade or have appraised. All applicable local, state and federal laws will be observed.

Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8.

For additional information visit or call (928) 485-0437.

Jazz concert

The Payson Friends of Jazz will feature jazz pianist and vocalist Bill Ippolito in a free performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson

A resident of Newport Beach, Calif., Ippolito is a popular club player in that area. He has family members residing in Payson, and we are fortunate in that he agreed perform for us while visiting them here. Joining Ippolito to form an instrumental trio will be Chris Long on acoustic bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

Ippolito has selected a number of popular tunes to sing and play, many of which originated from the Great American Song Book of American composers, such as “How About You,” “Just In Time,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” “It’s Delovely,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Day By Day,” “Nica’s Dream,” “Medication,” and many more.

And, just for the fun of it he says, he will add an operatic tune by Puccini called “O Mio Bobbino Caro,” supported by his special guest, an opera singer.

Sounds like a fun afternoon of music entertainment.

A $5 donation at the door includes refreshments.

RSVP by return e-mail to

Fry Bread for Families

Tonto Apache Tribal Enterprises and its employees are hosting their next Fry Bread for Families event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11 in the southwest corner of Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. For $5 get an authentic Apache fry bread with choice of fixings and a drink and help those in need in the Payson area.

Fry Bread for Families began in the fall of 2009 and raised funds to help 10 area families at Christmas. The Fry Bread Team recently purchased school supplies for Payson’s three elementary schools. Now the team wants to extend the outreach to help the elderly in the community.

So, whether you like your fry bread taco style or on the sweet side with honey and powdered sugar, the employees of Tonto Apache Enterprises invite you to join them for the next Fry Bread for Families event on Aug. 11.

Free delivery is available within town limits for orders of 10 or more, and Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s General Manager, Farrell Hoosava, has been known to make deliveries on occasion. For more information, call Fry Bread for Families Program Coordinator Michell Marinelli at (928) 474-6604, ext. 5304.

Parade entries sought

The August Doin’s Rodeo Parade, Ropin’ and Ridin’, will be held Saturday, Aug. 21 on Historic Main Street in Payson. The parade is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and APS.

The fun will start at 9 a.m., when the cowboys and cowgirls will strut their stuff, along with the floats, cars, tractors, teams, bands and units of the El Zaribah Shriners. The parade will go east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing. 

For parade applications, please stop by the chamber office at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main, or go online to Applications are due by Aug. 14.


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