Time For Summer Fun, Festivities And More


Memorial Day Weekend is here and the summer fun, festivities and more are busting out all over.

There are holiday arts and crafts fairs in Payson and in Pine; breakfasts and barbecues; Memorial Day ceremonies at cemeteries and the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park; a Dutch Oven Cooking gathering at Rumsey Park; and more.


Get children registered for swimming lessons now. Memorial Day marks the opening of Taylor Pool at North Rumsey Park. To register for the lessons, call 1-877-539-5009.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Register for the parks and recreation department’s Dutch Oven Cooking Class now. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at Ramada 4 in Rumsey Park. The fee is $45 per person and participants will be working with award-winning Dutch oven cooks. It is also a good course to take to prepare for the Dutch Oven Cook-off scheduled next weekend during the Mountain High Games at the Payson Event Center.

Summer reading

The summer reading series for youngsters begins at the Payson Public Library on Tuesday, May 31, so get your children signed up for it today or Saturday, as the library will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

There are three different programs for different age groups:

The Baby Reading Program is for those 6 months of age to 3 years old. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursdays, starting June 2 and continuing through June 23. The program will have ticklers, brain play, lullabies and stories.

The Dino-Mite Program is for children ages 3 to 12. It is both Tuesday and Wednesday, with the program at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. It will be held May 31 through June 22 and includes puppet shows arts and crafts, games and stories.

The Rapters Program, for youngsters ages 10 to 18, is at 4 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning May 31 and continuing through June 21. The program will offer crafts, time to socialize and preparation for “The Ultimate Rap and Dance Off.”

There will be a grand prize drawing and picnic for participants June 29.

Both the Pine and Tonto Basin public libraries have summer reading programs based on the State Library’s theme, “One World, Many Stories,” starting in June.

The program in Pine starts Wednesday, June 1 and continues through Wednesday, June 29. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for toddlers through teens.

No registration is required, but attendance the first day of the program is encouraged as that is when participants will be given their materials, including a log book to record how many minutes and how many books they read during the course of the program.

There will be a hot dog feast and grab bag prizes awarded at the program-ending celebration June 29.

The Pine library will again offer its Kids Quilting program in July. There is only room for 10 students and six slots have already been claimed. The program is July 11, 12, 13 and 14. The Strawberry Patchers quilt group provides materials. Since space is so limited, it is asked that children who have already participated in similar programs offered at the library not register for the 2011 class.

Call the Pine library at (928) 476-3678 for additional details.

The Tonto Basin Public Library will offer its program June 3 through July 7. Prospective participants should register now. Upon registration participants will be given a book bag, bookmarkers and a reading logbook.

The library is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, so it will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. For more information, call (928) 479-2355.

An awards program for the young people will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 7.

Pool opens Memorial Day

Rim residents can dive into the bright blue water of Payson’s Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, May 30 for $2 per person.

Swimming lessons will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday and Wednesday and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. To register for the lessons, call 1-877-539-5009.

The swim team practice is at 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., Monday through Thursday for those 11 and older and from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Monday through Thursday for those 10 and younger.

Water Aerobics is $2 per visit and offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday and Wednesday and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

To sign up, call 1-877-539-5009 or go online to www.EvoSwimSchool.com/payson.

General lap swim is $2 per visit and offered: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, as well as from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Open swim is $2 per visit from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Saturday.

Horse events

The annual 7D Barrel & Pole Series began in April and will continue Wednesday nights at the Payson Event Center. The books open at 4:30 p.m.; time-only runs are from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a $3 fee per run. Competition starts at 6 p.m. with an entry fee of $8 per event. The side jackpot requires $5, paid in cash, with a 50 percent payout.

High School Rodeo Association Finals

Payson Event Center hosts the Arizona High School Rodeo Association 2011 Finals June 8 through June 11. The queen contest will be June 8, with the horsemanship contest at 9 a.m. and the balance of the contest at 6 p.m. at the Payson High School auditorium. The rodeo action is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Payson Event Center.

Mountain High Games

The Payson Arizona Mountain High Games is the Southwest’s largest celebration of adventure sports combined with ATV trail rides, and a massive outdoor expo. It will be held from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 at the Payson Event Center.

Professional and amateur athletes from all over the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest will converge upon the mountain community of Payson to compete in eight different competitions for cash and prizes. This year’s sporting events include: Mountain Bike Race, Trail Run, Dutch Oven Cooking Contest, Archery Competition, ATV Rodeo, ATV Trail Rides, Loggers Sawdust Festival and an old-fashioned Horseshoe Tournament.

The pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 27. Event registration will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 3 and from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4. When registration closes at 10 a.m., Saturday, the books will be closed with no late registrations accepted.

Other programs

The town’s Youth T-Ball League will be playing June 6 through July 16. T-ball gives youth the opportunity to learn basic athletic skills in a fun, safe environment at Rumsey Park.

There are still plenty of openings in the annual Summer Rec Camp presented by the town parks department.

Children entering the first through sixth grades in the fall of 2011 can register for one or both sessions. The program is split into two age groups: one for youngsters going into the first, second and third grades and another for those entering grades 4 through 6. This camp incorporates fun, physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. Registration is required.

Session 1 will be from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 6 through June 23. Session 2 is from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, July 5 through July 22. The fee is $75 per three-week session per child.

There are also summer programs for adults offered through the parks department:

Adult Co-Ed Sand Volleyball 4-on-4, June 13 through July 18 at Rumsey Park and Adult Men’s and Women’s Softball, June 20 through Aug. 12 at Rumsey Park. 

The annual Summer Concert Under the Stars Series begins Saturday, June 4 with a country music performance by Candyce Kain from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Green Valley Park amphitheater area. Concerts will be presented, free of charge, from June 4 through July 23. Look for more information about the concert series and other summer events in upcoming issues of the Payson Roundup.

For more details about any of the town’s programs, call (928) 474-5242.


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