Little League official Felicia Moore is hoping for a huge turnout tomorrow, April 30, for opening day ceremonies.
“It will be a fabulous day of softball and baseball,” she said. “We would love to see the whole town come out and cheer on the wonderful children of Payson.
Games begin at 8:45 a.m. at Rumsey Park.
In addition to games, a mini carnival will be set up, bounce houses will be available, KMOG will air a live radio broadcast, Scoops will be serving ice cream delights and pulled pork meals will be available for purchase.
Also, a 42-inch, high-definition television and gift certificates will be raffled and silent auction baskets will also be available for bidding.
Little League volunteers have put a good deal of work into planning opening day festivities, so drop by Rumsey Park and spend a few hours in show of support for the young players.
Rodeo at PEC
Also tomorrow, April 30, make plans to stop by the Payson Event Center for the inaugural FFA Fun Day and Rodeo. It begins at 8 a.m. and will be highlighted by a myriad of events including barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, ribbon roping and calf roping, all complimented by plenty of old-fashioned, small-town camaraderie.
For those 8 years and under, there will be a foot rodeo featuring dummy roping, musical hay bales, stick horse race, boot scramble and more.
Also expected to be a big draw will be the family roping, with teams consisting of a parent and child.
Also on the agenda is No. 10 pick/draw team ropings that can be entered twice.
Entry fees are just $20 per roper.
For the ropings, books open at 11 a.m. and close at 12:30 p.m. and there will be a 40 percent payback as well as prizes.
In the timed events, entrants will compete in age groups including 8 and under, 9 to 13, 14 to 18 and 19 and over.
When the hunger pangs take over, probably about lunchtime, the fun day/rodeo will take a break for a barbecue, deep-pit cooked beef meal prepared by acclaimed cowboy chef Roy Haught.
Adding to the festivities will be musical entertainment provided by the Moonshine Mafia band.
All proceeds benefit the local FFA program.
Jan Parsons points out that the April 26 Extra Points headline takenly read, “Drive, Wine & Dine starts next Wednesday.”
It actually starts Tuesday, May 3.
We regret the error.
Parsons is touting the fun, camaraderie and skill enhancement that beginning women golfers can enjoy during the “Drive, Wine and Dine” nights and also the healthy competition that traditionally highlights the Wednesday businessmen’s twilight golf play.
The Drive, Wine and Dine events, which are priced $15 for each night, will be held at 5 p.m., May 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Parsons says the sessions are designed to “teach golf basics, practice what you learn, eat, drink and socialize.”
She says the sessions are also for ladies who want to learn to play golf as well as those who are novice golfers.
The weekly businessmen’s twilight league begins at 5 p.m., May 4 at PGC and continues each Wednesday thereafter.
The fee is $25, which includes nine holes of golf, prize money and dinner catered by Teri’s Good Stuff.
For more information, call Parsons at (928) 978-7606 or e-mail her at Jan@paysongolfcourse.com.