Heber/Overgaard Oktoberfest This Weekend

The controlled Walnut Canyon burn raised a large cloud of smoke Tuesday as the Forest Service was mitigating forest fuels to prevent future fires.

The controlled Walnut Canyon burn raised a large cloud of smoke Tuesday as the Forest Service was mitigating forest fuels to prevent future fires.


The warm weather and thermal updraft creating the clouds that brought rain during the mid-day time frame has yielded to crystal clear days of blue skies. The drier weather and cooling nights has dominated our weather patterns. Our first light freeze has occurred over the last weekend with some garden leaves indicating it with their green leaves turning black on the tips. And so many of our local gardeners will be harvesting the remainder of what they can expect from their gardens this year very soon.

On Tuesday of this last week the Forest Service was conducting “burn outs” that were scheduled to alleviate fuels in the forest in Walnut Canyon and in Circle Bar Draw.

The “Walnut Canyon Fire,” that is 311 acres, is a burn-out operation that is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 14 to clean up the perimeter and will have a final size of 485 acres. It is located about mid-point between Heber and Forest Lakes and about four miles to the north.

The Circle Bar Fire was caused by lightning. The fire was found Friday, Sept. 10 and is located roughly two to two-and-a-half miles southwest of Chevelon Canyon Lake. It is being monitored and allowed to continue burning ground fuels to mitigate future fire hazard. The size is currently 50 acres, and due to the drier weather we are experiencing, it will continue to produce smoke for some time according to Forest Service officials.

One of the largest annual events in Heber-Overgaard is occurring this weekend. The 23rd. Annual Heber/Overgaard Oktoberfest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19 at Bison Ranch Resort. In addition to the arts and crafts booths, there will be plenty of food of all kinds as well as a beer garden.

For the children, there will be a number of inflatables, a children’s train ride, pony rides and a mechanical bull for children and adults. The chamber of commerce will also feature live entertainment on Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. by the American Kountry Band.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., a Willie Nelson impersonator called Almost Willie will perform. An admission is required for the show at the Wild Women Saloon Banquet Room. There is also an afternoon and evening poker tournament that will be held at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday with prizes to the winners.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, there will be a car show from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free for the event, however, a $5 donation is requested for parking. All proceeds from this event and parking are donated to the fireworks fund.

The Bison Livery Stable along with the 100 Club of Arizona is sponsoring a Benefit Rim Ride for fallen officers and firefighters. This is scheduled to occur from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 2. This will be a ride that will follow part of General Crook Trail and will be approximately 10 miles. Lunch will be provided and there is an entry fee of $35. There will be prizes that will include a fun safe, tack and more.

For more information, please contact Cheryl at the Bison Livery Stable at (928) 535-6786 or the 100 Club at (602)485-0100.


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