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The annual Payson Aero Fair takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at the Payson Airport. Admission is free. The event begins with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; the cost is $7 for adults and $4 for those under 10. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Boy Scout Troop 7354 will be offering Deep Pit Beef BBQ lunches, including chips and baked beans, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also at the Aero Fair, there will be lots of unique aircraft ranging from older, vintage craft to the new Sport Aviation aircraft. Plane rides are just $25 per person for a flight over the magnificent Rim Country.

May 20 Friday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

• Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo: 7 p.m. at Payson Event Center, dance to follow at 9 p.m. at Ox Bow Saloon, same scheduled Saturday

Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo

The Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, presented by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, is May 20 and 21 at the Payson Event Center.

The rodeo is at 7 p.m., Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission is $14 for those 13 to 64; $12 for those 65 and older; and $10 for those 8 to 12; children, 7 and under, are free. Tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, all area Circle Ks, Bill Armstrong Pawn in Star Valley and the Payson Roundup office. There will be $2 discount coupons in the Roundup newspaper.

The Friday night performance is dedicated to the Tough Enough To Wear Pink campaign to benefit breast cancer research and patient support programs. The Pro Rodeo Committee will donate $3 for each cowboy contestant wearing pink and $1 for each audience member in pink.

Saturday’s rodeo is the Patriot Performance to honor returning, wounded and fallen veterans. All active military personnel will be admitted free of charge on Saturday night.

Those planning to attend the May 21 show are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

Following both the May 20 and May 21 performances, there will be a rodeo dance at the historic Ox Bow on West Main. The John Eric Band will provide the music starting at 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

May 21 Saturday

• Aero Fair: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Airport

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public 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

• Music and magic: 6:30 p.m., Uptown Espresso

Aero Fair will have food, fun and flight

The annual Payson Aero Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21 (the rodeo show is at 7 p.m., so there is no conflict) at the Payson Airport. Admission is free.

The day starts off with a pancake breakfast by the Payson Pilots Association from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the cost is $7 for adults and $4 for those under 10. In addition to the pancakes, there will be eggs, sausage, juice and coffee on the menu.

Boy Scout Troop 7354 will be offering Albert Hunt Deep Pit Beef BBQ lunches, including chips and baked beans, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also at the Aero Fair, there will be lots of wonderful, unique aircraft ranging from older, vintage craft to the new Sport Aviation aircraft. Plane rides are just $25 per person for a flight over the magnificent Rim Country.

Once again, Home Depot is sponsoring a building event for children and there will be vendors with something for everyone. Participants can buy a raffle ticket for just $1 for a chance to win a Garmin GPS.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, May 21 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, May 22 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited. 

Music and magic

Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Hwy., will present a program of praise and entertainment at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21. The program includes Rachel Smith, songwriter and singer; Flame, pastor and Christian illusionist; and Maysco, illusionist.

May 22 Sunday

• Pancake breakfast: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church fellowship hall

• Open house: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jim Jones Shooting Range, south of Payson

• Gear Hedz gathering:10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rumsey Park; car show, food, music

• 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

Pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus organization is having a Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sunday, May 22, at St. Philip’s Church Hall. The price is just $5 per person. All proceeds are for local charities.

Open house at shooting range

The Tonto Rim Sport Club will host its 5th Annual Open House at the Jim Jones Shooting Range from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 22.

This is a chance for the whole family to learn techniques and safety procedures and, at no cost, try out various sport shooting types, such as archery, cowboy action, 22 silhouette target, high power and small bore.

This year, the club will also have available a special archery competition, similar to skeet shooting. It will have Range Safety Officers at all locations and will provide earplugs and safety glasses. Anyone with any interest in types of bows or firearms, shooting or the range would find this is a great time to come out.

One of the highlights every year is a demonstration by Payson Police of the various items in their law enforcement arsenal. Other agencies and local vendors will also have information available.

To reach the range, go south on Highway 87 and take the left turn about 4/10 of a mile after Mile Post 249. The range gate is not quite 2 miles into the forest.

If you have any questions, please call Charlie Thompson at (928) 468-1521.

Gear Hedz gathering

The Gear Hedz are doing a benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at Rumsey Park. Stop by and enjoy a car show, hamburgers, hot dogs and live music.

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