Getaway Around Rim Country


Memorial Day Weekend

Events planned for the weekend in addition to the formal ceremonies include:

• Pine Library Friends book sale, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28.

• Beaver Valley Day, starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 28. The theme is Beaver Valley Day at the Beach. It starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; continues with Fire Fighter Water Olympics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; plus, throughout the day, food, crafts, volleyball; and an outdoor movie at approximately 8 p.m.

• Payson Farmers Market will open its third season at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 28 at Sawmill Crossing, behind Chili’s Grill and Bar and continue until noon.

The market runs May 28 through October and includes most of the same vendors from last year.

• A Memorial Day breakfast by the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary Fireflies from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 28 at Fire Station 22 in Tonto Village. The station is at 151 Mathews Lane; to reach it, travel one mile in on the Control Road off Highway 260. The menu includes sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrabbled eggs, juice and coffee for $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

There will also be a Bake Sale.

McNeeley Foundation to host charity run

The Justice McNeeley Foundation was established in 2004 to earn the $8,500 needed to buy Justice, then an engaging, witty 5-year-old who suffered from spinal muscular atrophy, a motorized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

The fund raiser was an overwhelming success, Justice got his Go-Bot and organizers were so happy with the results they decided to continue the foundation adopting a motto of “Help us Help a Child.”

Since the inception of the benefit, the fund has doled out more than $35,000 to help pay the medical expenses of needy Rim Country children. Next on the McNeeley Foundation’s list of children to help is 2-year-old Laytin Matthews of Payson.

He is blind and is in dire need of a specialized walker that will teach him how to walk.

Katie Parks, Justice’s mother and an officer in the Foundation, hopes to raise the money needed to purchase the walker at a Motorcycle Charity Run on June 4.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at The Spur in Star Valley and poker cards will be sold $15 per hand and $25 per couple.

The Spur will be offering drink and breakfast specials. After a morning start at The Spur, the run route travels to what Parks calls, “three other stops that take you to the top of the beautiful Rim and back” before ending at the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry. There Bryan Higgens will provide live music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Also at the chalet, auction and raffles will be held.

At the Chalet, cash prizes will be awarded to the best and worst poker hands.

Of the run profits, 90 percent will go to the foundation to help purchase Laytin’s walker. The other 10 percent will go to the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona for baker education.

For those who’ve never participated in a poker run they are more than a good excuse to ride your motorcycle or quad.

The event begins with riders checking in and receiving a score sheet and route map. Typically there are five checkpoints along the route and each rider will draw a card at each stop.

After a card is drawn it is noted on a score sheet and the rider moves on to the next checkpoint. Like a game of poker, the person with the best hand at the end of the ride is declared the winner.

To register for the run or more information go to:

The British are coming

Challenger Sports British Soccer camps debuted in Payson in 2008 and have returned each summer since. Due to the success and popularity of past camps, Challenger is returning again to Payson to offer another camp series open to youth, 3 to 18 years old.

The first of the Rim Country camps, which are co-hosted by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, tip off June 6 and will continue until June 10. The second will be June 27 to July 10. Both are being held in Rumsey Park

The CSBS camps Fielding and others will oversee include First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, five Half-Day Development sessions and a Full-Day Development session.

First Kicks is open to aspiring players 3 to 4 years old.

Campers are introduced to the game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges. The camps are an hour long for five days. Parents are encouraged to join in to help their children.

The Mini-Soccer, for 4- to 5-year-olds, has fun games, competitions and skill-building activities used to help develop budding players. The sessions last for 1-1/2 hours for five days.

In the Half-Day Player Development Camps, emphasis is placed on mastery of core soccer techniques through individual and small group practices and coached games. The sessions are three hours a day for five days.

Full-Day Player Development Camp is aimed at youths 8 to 18. They are more advanced session for serious players. The curriculum includes game-related techniques, tactical development and coached match play. The sessions run for six hours daily for five days.

The fees are $79 for First Kicks, $94 for Mini-Soccer, $124 for Half Day and $171 for Full Day camp.

Online registration may be completed at or at the parks and recreation office in Green Valley Park. All campers receive a shirt, camp ball, personal evaluation and an end-of-camp gift.

Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Payson Area Dutch Oven gathering at Rumsey Park

Payson Area Dutch Oven gathering (PDOG) will gather at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 28, at Rumsey Park Ramada 3. Bring a Dutch oven and favorite recipe and fixings. Preparation and cooking will start at 1 p.m., with service beginning at 5 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of food and fun and share Dutch Oven cuisine For further information contact Mac Freezor at (928) 472-2449 or John Swenson at (928) 472-3331.


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