Community Almanac



This Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 the Old Time Fiddle Fest and Arizona State Championships will take place at the Payson Event Center. Gates open at 8:30 a.m., admission is just $5 per person. Enjoy music from artists like Sue Elsclager (above) and many more.

Sept. 24 Saturday

• Tonto Forest fee free date

• Friends of the Poor Walk: 7 a.m., starting at Edward Jones office at Sawmill Crossing

• Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

• Old Time Fiddle Fest: 8:30 a.m., Payson Event Center, continues Sunday

• Free parenting workshop: 9 a.m. to noon, Mountain Bible Church

• Fall Apple Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pine Community Center, continues Sunday

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• September Fest:and Apple Pie Contest: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chitwood Cabinets/Dan Good Flooring parking lot, benefits wounded soldier

• 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

• Wildlife Watching 101: 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., Payson parks office, Green Valley Park

• Open house on forest land sale: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Payson Best Western

• Pioneer Dinner & Dance: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tonto Apache gym

Tonto Forest fee free dates

Tonto National Forest is hosting two more “fee free” events. The next “fee free” day is National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 24.

This year’s remaining fee waiver day is Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

Friends of the Poor Walk

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will host the 4th annual “Friends of the Poor Walk” in Payson Saturday, Sept. 24. Participants will walk in solidarity throughout the country to increase awareness and raise money to assist those in need.

The walk will start at 7 a.m. at the Edward Jones office in the Sawmill Crossing. All money raised will stay in Payson to help the need of those in the area. For more information on the walk, please call Lynn at (928) 474-1347 or Ed at (928) 468-8595. Contributions may be mailed to P.O. Box 1317, Payson, AZ 85547.

Payson Farmers Market

The final two Saturdays of shopping at the Payson Farmers Market have arrived.  Some of the vendors have different final days, so plan to visit both weeks to stock up on all your favorite foods for winter. 

Listen to the Native American flute music of Vibhas and visit Rim Country artists for great Christmas buys.

The last day of the market is Saturday, Oct. 1. It is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s in the Sawmill Crossing. For more information, go online to

Old Time Fiddle Fest

Listen to great fiddle music from musicians ranging in age from 3 to 65+ at the Old Time Fiddle Fest held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 25 at Payson Event Center. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and admission is $5 per day. The championship competition will be held Sunday.

Free parenting workshop

Anyone raising or working with children in any capacity is invited to attend a special parenting workshop on attachment and trauma difficulties from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 24 at Mountain Bible Church, Building C, 302 E. Rancho Road. 

Learn to recognize early signs and symptoms of attachment and bonding difficulties; increase understanding of the mindset of children; and develop skills and methods of intervention. 

Arizona’s Children Association sponsors these free parent trainings each month in the Payson area. Please call or e-mail Kelli Schuttinga to reserve a spot: (928) 232-7149 or for more information.

Fall Apple Festival

Celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Fall Apple Festival at the Pine Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23.

Come out and enjoy food, vendors, music, storytelling, children’s crafts, antique tractors and on Saturday only, a chili cook-off. The Pine Strawberry Business Community is sponsor of the free event.

Free admission at museum

This Saturday, Sept. 24 is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day and the Rim Country Museum is a participant, so admission is free with a ticket printed from venues/.

The museum, located in Green Valley Park, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September Fest proceeds will benefit wounded soldier

Members of Payson Professionals at Your Service (P.A.Y.S.) will hold a September Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 in front of the offices of Dan Good Flooring and Chitwood Cabinets, 810 and 812 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, across from the Best Western.

An apple pie contest is planned with first prize being a gift basket worth more than $1,000. Judging the pie contest will be Mike Vogel and Bobby Davis.

Proceeds will go to the Payson Supply Line to benefit Sgt. Brian Jergens, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan.

Wildlife Watching 101 and Wildlife Viewing Basics

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn where and when to look for wildlife, as well as steps for successful wildlife viewing in the Rim Country from Joe Yarchin, Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program manager.

The program will be from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. The fee is $5 per person and space is limited, so register early.

Open house on forest land sale

Tonto National Forest officials have announced there will be an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Payson Best Western motel to provide information and solicit public input on the proposed land sale by the Forest Service and the construction of new administrative facilities and a heli-base.

Written comments regarding the project can be sent by e-mail, mailed, or faxed. The subject line should be “Payson Administrative Facilities Project.” The deadline for submitting comments is Oct. 30, 2011. The addresses are: e-mail:; fax: (602) 225-5295; mail: Payson Administrative Facilities Project, Attention: Rebecca Roof, Tonto National Forest, 2324 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006.

Information is also available by visiting the project Web site on the Tonto National Forest Web page at, then to the Land and Resource Management section: Projects – Payson Admin Site Sale.

For additional information, please contact Deborah McGlothlin (559) 920-4952, Rebecca Roof (602) 225-5257 or Payson District Ranger Angela Elam (928) 474-7900.

Pioneer Dinner and Dance

The always-popular annual Pioneer Dinner and Dance is from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Tonto Apache Gym. Admission is only $10 per person for an old-fashioned barbecue dinner with all the trimmings, a dance and auction.

Don and Ron Gibson will provide the music for the dance and everyone can participate in the raffle. The raffle tickets are $5 each and provide a chance at winning a butchered hog or whole beef.

Get tickets at the Payson Roundup, Payson Library, SemStream or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

PHS reunion is Saturday

A reunion for the Payson High School graduating classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 is being planned for Saturday, Sept. 24.

Please let us know if you can attend as soon as possible. Contact Cindy Jones Lewis, (480) 837-0271,; Shannon Johns Branstetter, (928) 595-0435,; or Dawn Cline Morris, (928) 468-8147, for additional details.

Join Jimmy Johnson’s birthday party

The Payson Elks welcome members and guests to a celebration of Jimmy Johnson’s birthday at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. This will be a potluck supper built around deep pit barbecue meat donated by Rick and Margaret Gable. The rock ’n roll band, Wilson, will provide the music for the evening.

Sept. 25 Sunday

• 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

• Free concert: 5 p.m., Church on Randall Place, Pine

• Rotary Casino Night: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fargo’s Steak House, proceeds benefit scholarship fund

Free concert

Brush Arbor Revival will be providing an evening of bluegrass music to the community of Pine this Sunday. The group will be performing at the Church on Randall Place located at 6338 W. Randall Place at 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25.

For more information, contact John Lake at (928) 970-4249.

Casino Night Sunday

The Rim Country Rotary Scholarship and Community Services benefit Casino Night is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25 at Fargo’s Steak House. Tickets are $75 each or two for $100, which includes hors d’oeurves and $100 in playing chips.

Tickets are available by contacting Bill Lawson, (928) 474-2784; Debra Isaac, (928) 970-1673; or the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, (928) 474-4515.


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