Northern Gila County Fair Coming In September

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Well the road crews are back in Pine and Strawberry. I’m sure there’s a perfectly logical reason why both towns were completely shut down for an entire day even though there wasn’t a worker in sight for several hours on end, and I’m quite sure that the taxpayers aren’t expected to pay the salaries of the sheriffs who were acting as traffic directors in lieu of the non-existent construction staff, and I suspect the pilot car driver has a reasonable explanation for taking the traffic at the back of the miles-long line who just pulled up rather than allow the cars who had been waiting over 40 minutes to go first. It’s not that I want to be a whiner, but when every single person I speak with has a story that reeks of inept, inconsiderate, disorganized chaos on such a massive scale — well somehow putting it down on paper just makes me feel a little better.

On a lighter note, we continue to be blessed with monsoons in Pine and Strawberry which, in addition to making everything lush and green, help to bring relief from the heat. We went camping up near the Rim lakes last weekend and it is just gorgeous right now.

The elk have been cruising through our neighborhood again — moms with their babies attempting to pillage any edible that dares to escape the garden fencing. We woke to hear them communicating in a language that sounds something like a person learning to play the horn in the early morning hours.

The Northern Gila County Fair is coming up Sept. 10 through Sept. 12 and although it is held in Payson, its roots are deep in Pine where, according to a close friend of mine, her daughters used to show their pigs under the old ramada. The towns of Pine and Strawberry will be well represented as residents show their livestock, vegetables, handcrafts, baking, art, photography and much more. This year the entire event will be held at the Payson Event Center (west side) so be sure to come support those who have entered various items. You can view the exhibits beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10. There will be a llama show at from 10 a.m. until noon, and the popular livestock judging begins at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 11, the exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., the 4-H horse show takes place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The livestock dinner for buyers takes place at 4 p.m. and the “can’t miss” livestock auction begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free on both Friday and Saturday. On Sunday come view the exhibits and catch the Demolition Derby which begins at noon. The cost is only $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for those who are 3 years old and under.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will host their next Movie Madness event Friday, Sept. 24 beginning at 2 p.m. They will be showing PG-rated “James and The Giant Peach.” The following Thursday, Sept. 30, they will show “The Black Cauldron,” which is also rated PG.

The library will also host a series of art classes called “Leaves, Bees and Trees,” to coincide with the fall break at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. Seventh- and eighth-graders will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12. Fourth- through sixth-graders will also meet on Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. Kindergartners through third-grade will meet from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m., Friday Oct. 8 and Oct. 15. Pre-schoolers will continue to meet each Wednesday beginning at 10:15 a.m. All of the classes are free to residence of the Pine and Strawberry area and there is no need to pre-register, just show up and enjoy the fun!

The deadline for home-schoolers to sign up for free art classes taught by Robyn Bossert at the library activity room is fast approaching. The registration closes on Sept. 1 and classes begin the following week on Wednesday, Sept. 8. The class is held each Wednesday through October between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the library activity room.

That’s it for now. Have a great week and keep smiling!

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