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Fiddle festival

The Vertielee Floyd Memorial 41st Annual Old Time Fiddlers Contest will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 through Sept. 25 at the Payson Event Center.

The Payson Old Time Opry is the feature Friday, Sept. 23 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Performing will be The HillBenders; Desert Sons; and Run Boy Run, with a special appearance by State Champion Fiddler Michael Rolland. Admission is $5 per person.

The schedule for Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Payson Event Center: gates open at 8:30 a.m., with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Competition starts at 10 a.m. Special features for the day are noon entertainment by Run Boy Run and a 6 p.m. jam concert. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 25 at the PEC, with a gospel program planned from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Competition will start at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. the awards are scheduled to be presented. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under.

Gosar benefit

Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar, Congressional District 1, and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, America’s 2011 Sheriff of the Year, will be featured at a barbecue from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Rumsey Park Ramada 3. Tickets are $50 per person.

For reservations or contributions, contact Tysen Schlink at (480) 789-9869 or tysen.schlink@gmail.com. Please make reservations as soon as possible. For local information or fliers, call Don at (928) 474-8545.

Jim Barrett Memorial Rodeo

The Jim Barrett Memorial Rodeo is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18 at the Payson Event Center.

More than 400 high-school age cowboys and cowgirls will converge on Payson for the opening rodeo of the 2011-2012 high school rodeo season. This event is open to the public. 

Wild Wild West Charity Ball

The Payson Elks welcome guests to its Wild Wild West Charity Ball at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Payson Elks Lodge. Enjoy a tri-tip dinner for $14 per person or $25 per couple and the music of Junction 87.

Pleasant Valley Fair

The 78th Annual Pleasant Valley Fair in Young is Saturday, Sept. 17. The fair begins with a free barbecued hot dog lunch at noon. 

As well as the garden and flower, baking and canning displays, the community of Young specializes in master craft quilting — the fabulous quilts at the fair always dazzle admirers. Of special note are also the handcrafts, photographic and fine arts displays — especially the artwork of the children. The bake sale and silent scarecrow auction end at 3 p.m., and the fair closes at 4 p.m. 

Pleasant Valley Winery will have its Little Log Cabin Wine Shop open for wine tastings and sales from noon until 5 p.m. Come down to Pleasant Valley and Young and say hello. For more information, contact (866) 558-2734, extension 4484 or PVWinery.com.

Raise a Glass for Feral Cats

Sample wine and food from Italy at the Rim Country Friends of Ferals’ wine tasting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 at MoJoe’s Grill.

Enjoy the first of four wine and beer tasting events that will benefit Rim Country’s feral cat organization. Noble Collins of The Beverage Place will lead wine, beer and food pairing discussions.

Space is limited, so get tickets now at The Beverage Place, MoJoe’s or from Lisa Boyle, (928) 474-1836, for any or all of these great events.

September chamber mixer

The September mixer for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Payson Care Center. Admission is $3 members; $5 community.

The “Hula Your Feet Off” theme of the mixer is backed up by music by DJ Craig, Hawaiian-style “Poo-Poos” (light finger food), Piña Coladas (virgin), various health tests, and great door prizes.

All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Care Program. Bring cards and brochures to share and network. Make a reservation by calling (928) 474-4515.

Low cost spay-neuter clinic

The Humane Society of Central Arizona and PAWS in the Park are partnering with Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge to provide a low cost spay and neuter clinic for felines and canines through the Healing Hearts Mobile Surgical Unit, which will be in Payson on Thursday, Sept. 29. In order to reduce the numbers of animals, which through no fault of their own are homeless, abandoned or mistreated, spay and neuter of all companion animals is of utmost importance.

The one-day clinic is meant to make spay and neuter of companion animals possible for those in Rim Country communities who have been most negatively impacted in the economic downturn through loss of jobs, reduction in pay, changes in living situations and other negative financial issues. Even though fees for the services are significantly less than normal rates they may still be prohibitive for some to pay, so PAWS in the Park is generously providing funds to help those who need further assistance.

In order to have your companion animal included in the clinic you must register at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. There is a $20 cash deposit required at the time of registration.

For information about costs, and other details please go to the Web site at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org or call the shelter at (928) 474-5590.

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