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Dutch Oven Cooking registration deadline is July 15

The Payson Parks department will have a Dutch Oven Cooking class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 24 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. The cost is $30 per person and registration is due by July 15.

Dutch ovens will be provided, or participants can bring their own. It is also recommended that participants bring a comfortable folding chair.

Go to the Parks Web site for more information,

Mazatzal Casino Arts & Crafts Fair

The Mazatzal Casino Arts & Crafts Fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 17 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 18.

Artisans will be coming from New Mexico, Prescott and the Valley as well. The fair will be featuring jewelry of all kinds created from silver, Swarovski crystals and one-of-a-kind beads; pottery, oil paintings, gourds, new style totes, creative water colors, scarves, rugs, children’s crayon aprons, dolls, afghans, needlework, angels and more. 

Monument Peak Loop Trail hike

Enjoy a PATS hike of Monument Peak Loop Trail, which is classed as an easy to moderate level hike, starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 24.

While the event is free, registration is required. Sign up now at the parks office in Green Valley Park or July 24, on-site.

The Monument Peak Loop Trailhead is 3.3 miles east of Hwy. 260 on Granite Dells Road.

Come enjoy the fantastic views of the Granite Dells, a year-round spring with shade and an easy to moderate level of difficulty hike. This is the most popular PATS hike. Don’t forget hiking boots and water.

Benefit Bingo at Elks

The Payson Elks Lodge is having a special benefit Bingo game, open to the public Saturday, July 31.

Ticket sales start at 8 a.m., with the games beginning at 9 a.m.

All proceeds will go to the Arizona Elks Association Social Welfare Committee for its Clothe-a-Child & Community Grant Programs.

The benefit Bingo game is in conjunction with the Social Welfare Charity Golf Tournament.

The Payson Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Hwy, Payson.

Awakening Earth Expo

There will be an Awakening Earth Expo in Pine Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 this year.

This is the second year that the expo has been held in Pine and the focus of the event is learning techniques and practices that enhance conservation and lessen environmental impact. There will be many vendors providing organic products, alternative medical solutions, and artwork, plus information about gardening, water conservation, solar energy, and much more.

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.

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.

It will include the famous APS clowns and many other great entries from all over Arizona.

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. Announcers along the route will keep you posted on the coming entries, and provide music for your entertainment. 

So, bring a lawn chair and enjoy a great morning with some fabulous entertainment, antique cars, clowns, horses and help Rim Country celebrate August Doin’s.

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.

State parks change pass rules

The Arizona State Parks Board voted to revise the State Parks Annual Pass policy to allow two names on either of the Standard or Premium Annual Passes.

“These passes are $75 and $200 respectively. The board revised the pass policy due to customer feedback. This new policy will take effect immediately and anyone who has purchased a pass can come to a park and get a second name added to their pass,” said State Parks Executive Director Renee Bahl.

Please call ahead to find out the latest information about the State Parks by calling (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll free (800) 285-3703) or go online to


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