Community Almanac



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Brent Ehler won $500 at the first-day weigh-in of the FLW Tournament on Roosevelt Lake. The event continues through Saturday, with the final weigh-in to start at 4 p.m. at Chapman Auto Center. Festivities for the day get going at noon, so make plans to check it out.

Sept. 24 Friday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Children’s movie: 2 p.m., Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Pine

• Motorcycle rally: 3 p.m., Creekside Restaurant, Christopher Creek, continues through Sunday, Sept. 26

• Fiddle Fest concert: 7 p.m., Payson High School auditorium, opens weekend’s 40th anniversary Arizona State Fiddle Championships, to be held at the Payson Event Center, Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Children’s movies

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will host two Movie Madness events for local children in September.

The first, James and the Giant Peach, is at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24; the second, The Black Cauldron, is at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30. Both have a PG rating.

There is no charge for the movies, and refreshments will be provided.

Motorcycle rally

The Modified Motorcycle Association is holding a rally at Creekside Restaurant in Christopher Creek starting at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 26.

For more information on this event, phone 478-4389. Motorcycles from all over the United States will be attending.

Fiddle festival, Old Time Opry coming Sept. 24-26

The 40th anniversary of the Arizona State Fiddle Championships will be held Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26.

The festival opens with an Old Time Opry concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 at the Payson High School Auditorium featuring Providence and The Desert Sons with special friends. The music will include bluegrass and old time western tunes and the event is only $5 per person.

The festival of fiddle music will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26 at the Payson Event Center, with contests starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and running through 3:30 p.m., with a jam session starting at 6 p.m.; Sunday the championship division first round begins at 11 a.m. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. both days.

Sept. 25 Saturday

• Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

• Hike: 8:30 a.m., Round Valley East Trail access

• Child I.D. program and Scout-o-Rama: 9 a.m., Green Valley Park

• Fall Apple Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Pine Community Center

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Friends of the Poor Walk: 9:15 a.m., registration Edward Jones office, Sawmill Crossing

• Benefit quad ride: 10 a.m. start at Spur Bar, Star Valley, proceeds for Payson Community Kids building fund

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy. - Free day with speical pass

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Republican Headquarters open house: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 434 S. Beeline, Payson

• FLW Tournament weigh-in festivities: noon to 4 p.m., Chapman Auto Center

• Gila County Pioneers Dinner Dance: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tonto Apache Recreation Center, $10 per person

Farmers Market

There are only three weeks left to shop at the Payson Farmers Market. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s, in front of Sawmill Theatres.

Shop for local, fresh-picked produce and artisan foods; relax in the shade, enjoy a snack or meal and listen to live local music or bring a musical instrument and join a jam session with Roger Williams.

For more information, call Lorian at (928) 468-0961 or go online to www.Payson

Hike planned

Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Group-Led Hike on the Round Valley East Trail Saturday, Sept. 25. The jaunt starts at 8:30 a.m. from the Round Valley East Trail access, which is approximately 1 mile east of Highway 87, along E. Phoenix Street, then south on S. Gibson Ranch Court.

This beautiful route features fantastic views of Payson, the Mogollon Rim and the Mazatzal Mountain Range. The hike is moderate to difficult with loose rocks and occasional steep slopes.

This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. There are no facilities at the trailhead, so plan ahead and don’t forget your water and hiking boots.

Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information, or visit www.payson

Free child ID program

The Boy Scouts of Payson’s Zane Grey District, in cooperation with the Payson Police Department and local insurance agent Dee Wesley, are sponsoring Operation Child ID at Green Valley Park from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25.

A free service, parents will receive a completed kit containing a photo of their child and a fingerprint card that contains a physical description of their child. All records will be given to the parent.

While in the park, parents and children are encouraged to view the many exhibits built by the various Boy Scout troops in the Zane Grey District to learn more about scouting during this centennial year of scouting in America.

Fall Apple Festival

The third annual Fall Apple Festival takes place in Pine at the Community Center Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26. Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors, fun games for the kids (like pie throwing), and music. A chili cook-off also will be held on Saturday. For $3 you’ll get to sample and vote on your favorite chili.

Enjoy apple and berry pies, apple treats and buy flats of apples. Shop at the various vendor booths and make time to check the local antique and gift shops. There will be storytelling, a greased pole climb and pie throwing for the kids, antique tractors and more. Admission is free

The festival is sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community.

Friends of the Poor Walk

Members of the Society St. Vincent de Paul will be hitting the pavement on their third Friends of the Poor Walk Saturday, Sept. 25. The walk allows its members and members of the community to walk to benefit the needy and suffering of the Payson area. All money collected will be used to help fund the St. Vincent de Paul food bank as well as assisting with rents, utilities, transportation and many other needs.

Registration will be from 9:15 a.m. until 10 a.m. this Saturday at the Edward Jones office at the Sawmill Crossing.

For more information, contact Lynn Canning at (928) 474-0470.

Benefit quad ride

A benefit quad ride will be held this Saturday, Sept. 25 to help the building fund for the Payson Community Kids.

The ride will start at the Spur Bar in Star Valley at 10 a.m. The ride will be from the Spur Bar through Paiute Draw to the Double D Restaurant and Bar in Tonto Village. The fee is $25 per person.

For more details, call (928) 478-4332 or (928) 472-7787.

Free day at museum

The Rim Country Museum will offer free admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day Saturday, Sept. 25. Rim Country Museum will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open its doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from The Museum Day ticket is available to download at

Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues.  One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address. Listings and links to participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites can also be found on this Web site.

Republican Headquarters open house scheduled

The Gila County Republicans and the Rim Country Republican Club will hold a grand opening celebration for headquarters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite C (to the west and behind ERA Realty). 

FLW Tournament weigh-in at Chapman Auto

The Town of Payson along with Chapman Auto Center will be hosting the final day weigh-in festivities for the FLW National Guard Western Series Tournament from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 in the Chapman parking lot at 100 N. Beeline Highway. Festivities will include live entertainment and much more. The final weigh-in begins at 4 p.m.

Pioneers Dinner Dance

The 5th annual Gila County Pioneers Dinner and Dance is from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center. The evening will feature music by the Taylor Hale Band and Don and Ron Gibson.

Admission is $10 per person. The evening also includes a live and silent auction, plus a raffle for a butchered hog and another for two whole beeves.

Payson Church of Christ issues invitation

The congregation of the Payson Church of Christ invites the public to come meet with them and sing praises to God and enjoy Christian fellowship Saturday, Sept. 25. The church is at 401 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Food and drinks will ne provided after singing.

For more information, contact Charles Little, (928) 468-8260 or Rey Nunez (602) 358-6719.

Sept. 26 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Bluegrass concert: 5 p.m., Church on Randall Place, Pine

Bluegrass concert

On Sunday, Sept. 26 the Church on Randall Place in Pine will present a free concert with uplifting bluegrass music of “Brush Arbor Revival”

The concert begins at 5 p.m. While the concert is free, there will be a freewill offering to help defray expenses. 

For more information, contact Pastor John at (928) 970-4249. The church is located at 6338 W. Randall Place.


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