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Rodeo fun abounds around Payson this weekend. Head out to the Payson Event Center where the Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo performance starts at 7 p.m. tonight, and then go over to the Oxbow for a rodeo dance with live music inside and out at 9 p.m. Get down to Historic Main Street for the 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 rodeo parade, Ridin’ & Ropin’ with nearly 60 entries, several with multiple participants. Rodeo action continues at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Payson Event Center, where there will be a special patriotic tribute at the evening show. Then kick up your heels to more music at the Oxbow at 9 p.m. And then round out the weekend at the 1 p.m. show, Sunday, Aug. 22, featuring a special family celebration at the Payson Event Center.

Aug. 20 Friday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Football scrimmage: 5 p.m., PHS football field, Camp Verde is guest

• Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo: gates open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Payson Event Center

Fair books available

The premium books and entry forms for the 56th annual Northern Gila County Fair are now available at the Payson Public Library and Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine.

The 2010 fair will be Sept. 10, 11 and 12 at the Payson Event Center.

Football scrimmage Friday

The Payson Longhorns football team will kickoff the season at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20 with a scrimmage against Camp Verde. The price of admission is a non-perishable food item to be donated to St. Vincent DePaul Rim Country Food Bank.

The Longhorn cheerleaders will be running the concessions stand and the proceeds will help pay for new uniforms.

Rodeo in town

The 126th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo is in town.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20 at the Payson Event Center, with gates opening at 5 p.m. This is the night that benefits breast cancer research and support through the Tough Enough to Wear Pink program. Every contestant in pink will net a $3 donation for breast cancer research and support and everyone in the audience in pink will get another $1 donated to the cause. There will be a performance at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, with gates opening at 11 a.m. and another at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 dedicated to the armed services and veterans, gates open at 5 p.m.; the final performance is at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, gates open at 11 a.m. — all performances are at the Payson Event Center.

Tickets are $18 for those 13 to 64; $14 for seniors, 65+; and $10 for children ages 8 to 12; those under 7 and under will be admitted free. There are $2 off coupons available in the Roundup and on selected Coca-Cola and Canadian Club products.

Tickets are available at: Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce; all Circle K’s, Bill Armstrong Pawn in Star Valley, the Payson library and the Payson Roundup.

Friday and Saturday night there will be a rodeo dance at the Oxbow Saloon, with the music starting at 9 p.m.

The annual Rodeo Parade — Ridin’ and Ropin’ — is at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, starting at Green Valley Park, heading east on Historic Main Street and ending at Sawmill Crossing. The parade is sponsored by the chamber and APS.

The stock contractor for all the event center programs is Salt River Rodeo.

Look for the Roundup’s special Rodeo publication inside today’s issue.

Aug. 21 Saturday

• Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

  • Hike Houston Trail: 8 a.m., Houston Mesa Trailhead off Houston Mesa Road, east of Hwy. 87

• Free electronics recycling: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mogollon Complex, Overgaard

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• PSWID meeting: 1 p.m. cultural hall, Pine Community Center

• Summer Music Festival: 6 p.m., Merritt Center, between Payson and Star Valley to benefit veterans’ program

Farmers Market

On the way to the 2010 Rodeo Parade on Historic Main Street, stop by to see and taste all the great flavors at the Payson Farmers Market. Find everything from fresh, farm-picked fruits and vegetables to baked goods, olive oils, jams, jellies, spices, sauces, hummus, honey, cheese, tamales, salsa and even chocolate. Relax in the shade and enjoy breakfast or lunch. There will be cooking demonstrations at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s, in front of Sawmill Theatres. For more information, call Lorian at (928) 468-0961 or go online to www.Payson FarmersMarket.info.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Aug. 21 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Aug. 22 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

Hike Houston Trail

Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Group-Led Hike on the Houston Trail from Houston Mesa Trailhead to Flat Rock at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21.

Participants will meet at the Houston Mesa Trailhead, which is 1 mile east of Highway 87 on the south side of Houston Mesa Road. The hike is approximately 2 miles long and is easy to moderate hiking. This is a free event to the public and a great hike for families with children. Don’t forget hiking boots and water.

Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, extension 358 for more information, or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Free electronics waste recycling in Overgaard

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced that a free electronics waste recycling event for Heber Overgaard and the surrounding area will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Mogollon Complex in Overgaard, 2188 W. Country Club Drive.

Tons of unwanted televisions, computer equipment, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, stereos, cables and cords are expected to be collected during the event. For more information, call (928) 535-7115 or (928) 535-4323.

Water district meeting

The Pine Strawberry Water Improve-ment District’s next meeting is at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Community Center cultural hall in Pine. The board will vote on the purchase of the Strawberry Hollow well and elect new chairman Gary Lovetro.

Summer Music Festival will benefit combat veterans

There will be a Summer Music Festival at the Merritt Center, Payson (Star Valley) at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 to benefit the center’s Returning Combat Veterans program. A donation of $35 per adult is requested, children will be admitted free.

Dream Chemistry will provide music with vocals by lead singer Robin Brown (a combat vet), guitarist Larry Samson, jazz saxophone Syl Prious (also a combat vet) and more.

There will be a raffle and activities for the kids, one-of-a-kind auction items and fun for everyone.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Walk the Labyrinth or take a guided tour to the Indian ruins on the 13-acre forested retreat center.

Aug. 22 Sunday

• Gospel concert:10:45 a.m., Rim Valley Church of God

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Steak dinner benefit:3 p.m., Rimside Grill, Pine

Gospel concert set

The Rim Valley Church of God and the award-winning Bost Family Traditions gospel band will have worship and inspirational gospel music beginning at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 22. The church is located at 208 S. McLane Road, Payson. Admission is free.

For more information, call (928) 474-5449.

Enjoy a benefit steak dinner

Strawberry’s Elite is having a steak dinner to raise funds for its program to buy clothing and school necessities for the children of Pine and Strawberry up to Christmas.

Dinner is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22 at Rimside Grill and will feature a 10-ounce steak, beans, slaw, bread and a piece of Texas sheet cake for just $15 per person.

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