Western Heritage Festival Features Vintage ‘Base Ball’


The Arizona Diamondbacks may just be playing spoiler baseball now, but that doesn’t mean the game has lost its entertainment value.

In fact, the entertainment factor will be Rim high at the 2010 Western Heritage Festival in Green Valley Park.

The main feature of the Oct. 2 event will be the Zane Grey Classic Vintage Base Ball Game (originally the sport had a two-word name).

The game will be played from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 in Green Valley Park between the Payson Cougars and the Stars & Stripes Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League.

The rules might be a little unrecognizable and the costumes picture-worthy, but you can be sure fun will load all the bases.

The ball game is just one of the attractions at the free event, which is being presented by the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

There will be food, music, children’s activities, demonstrations and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The food vendors include RMG (Rick Gable), with barbecue beef and hamburgers, cheeseburgers, nachos, popcorn, pretzels and drinks; M&B (Mark and Bobbi), with hot dogs, brats and drinks; Scoops with ice cream and, if the temperatures are chilly, coffee and hot chocolate; Tim Rochford with fajitas and churros; and Kathy Hinton with fry bread.

Music will be provided by Bryan Higgens, owner of Strings, performing from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.; Southern Comfort, performing from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.; and Bill Camp, performing from noon to 12:50 p.m. Joe Miracle, sound and stage manager, and Fred Carpenter, announcer, will keep things organized and running smoothly for the musicians, who will be performing in the area between the historical society’s gift shop and the exhibit hall.

The demonstrations and displays will feature Apache crafts, the Zane Grey Twirlers, antique guns, a costumed storyteller for children, plus old-fashioned children’s games and Jinx and Jayne Peace Pyle will have copies of their many books for sale and will visit about the area’s history, plus Jinx will be doing some rope tricks.

Green Valley Park is at the far west end of Main Street, across from Julia Randall Elementary School. There will be plenty of parking.


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