Start eating all those power meals now and maybe add some extra reps to the exercise routine — the Rim Country will be so full with fun and festivities for the Fourth it will feel like a flood of good times.
Activities start Friday, July 1 and continue through Monday, the Fourth of July. There will be big fund-raising events, an arts and crafts festival, a chili cook-off, concerts, lots of good food all over the place and of course, fireworks over Green Valley Lake.
Here are some of the details:
Book sale and quilt raffle
The Pine Library Friends will have a Fourth of July Book Sale and Quilt Raffle.
The sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 1; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 2; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 3 at the Library Activity Room located behind the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center.
The Library Friends members will be selling tickets on a Sept. 4 raffle for a quilt made by and donated from the family of Patricia Sogan.
She was a member of the Library Friends and was working on the quilt when she died; her fellow members completed it in her honor. The tickets for the queen-sized quilt, appraised at $1,975, are $1 for one or six for $5.
The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a Half-Price Sale Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2. Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be sold for 50 percent off the listed price.
The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Hwy. (across from Wendy’s) and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Time Out Thrift Shop supports Time Out Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs and services in Gila County.
The Humane Society Thrift Shop, 501 W. Main, will also have specials for First Friday, July 1 including door prizes and $5 coupons for purchases and more.
First Friday on Historic West Main in Payson will be celebrated from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. by many of the merchants and galleries on the street.
Several also provide a place for a number of nonprofit organizations to raise funds through the sell of refreshments and raffle tickets.
Start the holiday weekend where old Payson used to party.
Fourth of July Arts & Crafts Festival
The 31st Annual Fourth of July Arts & Crafts Festival is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 2 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 3 at Pine Community Center grounds.
The festival features more than 80 original, hand-crafted, juried art booths with stained glass, original art, wood and copper items, pottery, hand woven baskets, jewelry, candles, denim items, handmade clothing and pet attire and more. There are also food booths, entertainment, a pancake breakfast, clowns, face painting and fun for the entire family.
The event is sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild. Please visit the Arts & Crafts Guild Boutique to meet local artists, see their work, and sign the guest book. Proceeds from this event help to support to the community.
Cub car wash
The area’s Cub Scouts will have a car wash in the Walgreens parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 2. Money earned helps to keep the pack running, with events, awards and sponsoring Scouts’ registrations fees. Donations welcome.
Big Band music
The holiday weekend’s Concert Under the Stars in Green Valley Park features the big band music of the Terry McFee Orchestra at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 2. The concert is in the park’s amphitheater area, which has no seating, so bring lawn chairs or blankets and sit back and enjoy the cool evening air and even cooler sounds from one of history’s great eras for music.
The Payson Pro-Rodeo Committee is presenting a Chili Cook-Off at the Payson Event Center Sunday, July 3. Check-in is at 9 a.m., with the awards program at 4 p.m.
This is a CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) sponsored event with both a professional and a local People’s Choice division. The pro contest requires at $15 entry fee, while the local contest has a $10 entry fee.
Admission is $4 per person, which includes a tasting cup and spoon, plus a ballot to vote for the People’s Choice contestants.
The chili for the People’s Choice awards will be served starting at 11 a.m., while the chili for the CASI contest will be served beginning at 2 p.m.
Information for entry into the cook-off is at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce office or call (928) 595-0731. Admission tickets may be purchased at the chamber in advance or at the event center gates the day of the competition.
Elks Independence Day Celebration
The Payson Elks will have a charity benefit, open to the public. The 2011 Independence Day Celebration is Sunday, July 3.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, beans and corn on the cob will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beer, soft drinks and dessert all may be purchased.
Live music by Goin’ 4 Broke will be presented from noon to 2 p.m. There will also be a flag ceremony, patriotic songs, horseshoes and games for children.
The Payson Elks Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.
Moose plan Red, White and Blue Celebration
The Moose Lodge in Star Valley will have a Red, White and Blue Celebration beginning at 11 a.m., Sunday July 3.
There will be fun, food, games and more, including a dunk tank. Enjoy burgers and brats, along with beans and chips for just $4 per plate.
RoseLyn will provide music.
The event is a benefit for the Hellsgate Fire Department and Moose Charities.
Payson’s patriotic party
The Town of Payson’s festivities for the Fourth of July begin at 8 a.m., Monday, July 4 with a patriotic ceremony at the Green Valley Veterans Memorial. This will be followed in the afternoon by old-fashioned games and fun from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., including sack races, an egg toss, a tug-of-war and foot races.
The band Higher Power will present a free concert from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fireworks over the lake will begin at 9 p.m.
Parking at Green Valley is limited, so shuttle service will be available. Starting at 5:30 p.m., a shuttle bus will pick up at the Payson High School administration parking lot (off of McLane Road) and transport to Green Valley Park.
After the show, the buses will return guests to their car. Follow signs to the Payson High School administration parking lot. This will be the main pick up and drop off point.
Christopher Creek parade
Independence Parade scheduled for Saturday, July 2.
Participants will line up for an Independence Day Parade in front of the Tall Pines Market at 12:45 p.m. and the parade will start promptly at 1 p.m.
The parade will conclude at the Landmark On The Creek where there will be free ice cream for the kids. So, come on out and decorate your quads, golf carts, trucks, ATVs and bikes or you can get some exercise in and walk with your pet on a leash.