Food, games and entertainment will highlight Beaver Valley Day, Saturday, Sept. 4 in Beaver Valley, a community about 6 miles northeast of Payson on the Houston Mesa Road.
Open to the public, the day of festivities starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Beaver Valley Fire Station. Members of the Beaver Valley Fire District Auxiliary, a non-profit group, will provide a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages.
During the breakfast period, a firewise education program will take place at 9 a.m., honoring firefighters who helped battle the Water Wheel Fire that caused the evacuation of Beaver Valley and Whispering Pines last August. Speakers include Robb Beery, wildland fire expert, and Bo Larsen of Payson Regional Medical Center, who will talk about community health services.
Free educational firewise materials will be available throughout the day. Beaver Valley is a Firewise Community.
Afternoon events from 4 to 5:30 p.m. feature kids’ games with prizes, a jumping house, water slide, craft exhibits and a duck race on the East Verde River.
Other activities include ice cream and face-painting, a silent auction, horseshoe tournament and pie toss. An evening dinner of barbecue beef or chicken starts at 6 p.m. with hot dog meals available for children. DJ Jae Kimball will provide music during dinner and later for dancing. Proceeds benefit the Beaver Valley Fire Department.
“Everyone is invited to help celebrate this one-year anniversary of surviving the Water Wheel Fire,” said Iris Harpster, auxiliary president.
Beaver Valley is located 6.2 miles northeast of the junction of Highway 87 and Houston Mesa Road. From Payson, travel north on Highway 87, turn right on Houston Mesa Road, passing several communities. Turn left at the adobe wall with the “Beaver Valley Estates” sign. Stay on Beaver Flat Road, which curves and leads to the meadow and fire station, the center of Beaver Valley Day activities.
For more information, call (928) 474-1771.
Schedule of events
When: Saturday, Sept. 4
• 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast with eggs, sausage, pancakes and drinks
Firewise Education Program
• Speakers – Robb Beery – Lessons from the Water Wheel Fire
• Bo Larsen – Community Health Services provided by Payson Regional Medical Center
• 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Games for kids plus jumping house and water slide
• Duck race on the East Verde River, horseshoe tournament
• Exhibits and silent auction
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Dinner: Barbecue beef or chicken and hot dog meals for kids
• Music by DJ Jae Kimball