Some Oktoberfest Money Benefits Fireworks Fund

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Residents and weekend visitors enjoyed the annual Heber-Overgaard Oktoberfest last weekend. Some of the donations will benefit the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce’s July 4th fireworks fund.

There have been intermittent clouds on some days this last week but very little precipitation has occurred. Still, the smoke from the controlled burns continues to dominate areas west of our community. Although our community has seen thick smoke at night from those burns, the prevailing winds has shifted the clouds of smoke to a more northeastern direction. There is still no word as of yet when those burns will discontinue at Walnut Canyon.

The Heber-Overgaard Oktoberfest festival was busy last weekend with the many that showed. The Ponderosa Lions Club was at the parking lot and accepted many donations for next year’s fireworks fund. Many of the vendors were setup showing their wares and some even were playing music that filled the air. Our Heber-Overgaard Fire Department was there to answer any questions the public had. The car show, which was sponsored by The Pack Car Club, Twinnie’s and Bison Ranch, had over 40 classic and more modern cars were on hand for the car enthusiasts. Many beautiful paint jobs adorned the cars as they glimmered in the noon day sun. Children were also riding the ponies over at Bison Ranch stables.

The inflatables were around the Bison Ranch square where the kids could bounce and slide. Nearby, there was a mechanical bull where the children and adults could try their physical strength of holding on as the bull rocked them at their own pace. If they were to fall off, the inflatable surround pillow would cushion the bull riders. Almost Willie performed in the Wild Women’s Saloon on Saturday where some enjoyed the show.

The Heber-Overgaard Fire Station is having a open house tour to give the community a chance to meet the firefighters and our new fire chief. This will occur on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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 on Oct. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a ride that will follow part of General Crook’s 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 gun 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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