Rim residents and visitors have a chance to show their support and share their passions for programs and events throughout the area in the coming weeks.
The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo comes to Payson Friday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 19 and several special events are planned leading up to the big celebration.
Entries needed for Rodeo Parade
The 128th August Doin’s Parade will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 9 a.m.
The theme for the parade will be Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial. The Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce are producing this year’s parade.
Grand Marshal will be Marshall Trimble. The parade includes floats, marching groups, equestrian groups, bands and all kinds of other marchers. As a special category, the producers are inviting all veterans of any service at any time to march in the parade. There will be an award for winners in each of eight categories.
The Chamber and Kiwanis Club are seeking the following for the parade: entrants, both experienced and new; sponsors for floats; event sponsors; and volunteers to help with the parade
For more information, please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.
Rocky Mountain Oyster Gathering
Another rodeo week kick-off is Jake’s Corner’s 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Gathering from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11. The event is at Jake’s Corner Bar and will feature Rocky Mountain Oysters; live music by Junction 87; raffles and a 50/50 drawing and the Payson Pro-Rodeo Committee will offer rodeo discounts. Jake’s Corner is south of Payson on Hwy. 188.
There will also be a family-friendly Cowboy Dinner to kick off Rodeo Week at Rumsey Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11.
The Cowboy Dinner will be at Ramada 5, 400 N. McLane Road. On the menu will be barbecued beef and pork, pasta salad, cowboy beans, desserts and soda.
There will be fun for the whole family with an antique tractor display, live music, a storyteller, special activities for children and door and raffle prizes.
Tickets will be available at the event or can be purchased ahead of time at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at the corner of Beeline and Main. The cost is $10 for adults; $7 for children ages 4 to 12; with those under 3 admitted for free. A family package, for two adults and two children, is available for $30.
The women’s group of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is hosting the event as a fund-raiser to benefit local charities. For more information, contact Nancy at (928) 474-2336.
The Friends of the Strawberry Patchers are presenting the Fourth Annual Quilt Auction in the Pine Cultural Hall, in the center of Pine on the west side of Highway 87. Doors open at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, for registration and preview. The auction will start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item and get entered into the drawing for a quilt to be held after the auction.
For those with quilts to put in the auction, forms are available online.
The Strawberry Patchers’ Opportunity Quilt tickets will be available along with “buy it now” and “make me an offer” quilts. Additional information is available on the Web site, www.strawberrypatchers.com or call Elaine at (928) 978-3464.
It’s time for Mountain Daze again! This great family festival is coming the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 to the Pine Strawberry Community Center. Come enjoy the Kids Korner and great activities for children with Shara Weiss of Mommy Perks. Shara’s craft projects are always a big hit with the kids at the P/S Business Community sponsored events.
You will also enjoy the antique cars and tractors, crafts festival and food vendors.
DJ Craig will provide music. You name it; he has it — from great oldies and country to heavy rock and roll and all the greatest hits of yesterday and today. His tunes will have you dancing around the ramada as you peruse the arts and crafts booths and enjoy another beautiful Pine day.
If you would like to lend a hand to the P/S Business Community group at this or other festivals, please e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 476-9988.
The Central Arizona Board of Realtors (CABR) invites the public to a Rim Country Change for Change benefit bash at the Oxbow Saloon at 607 W. Main St. in Payson to help bring a new university campus to Payson. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, and will feature great catered food, live music, dancing, a live auction, and sale of raffle tickets for a 2012 Polaris Ranger 800 4x4 utility vehicle (UTV).
Tickets for the bash and the raffle are available at the CABR office, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Oxbow Saloon, and the Butcher Hook Restaurant in Tonto Basin.
Tickets for the fund-raiser bash are $25 per person. Raffle tickets for the UTV are $100 each, with only 250 tickets available for sale.
The raffle for the Polaris Ranger UTV will be held within seven days of the sale of the last ticket. Donations are tax deductible and benefit the Rim Country Educational Foundation.
Rim Country Change for Change is an initiative of the Central Arizona Board of Realtors to help facilitate broad-based community support for bringing a new university to Payson. Ongoing fund-raising activities include placing Change for Change depositories at numerous locations throughout Rim Country, selling tickets for the Aug. 11 benefit and raffle tickets for a 2012 Polaris UTV.
The proceeds from these efforts will benefit the Rim Country Educational Foundation and will be used for pre-development costs for the new campus. For more information or to make a donation, visit Rim Country Change for Change on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RimCountryChangeFor Change.
Through a public-private partnership that includes CABR, the Town of Payson hopes to establish a new, fully accredited, high-tech university with a limited number of degree programs that would benefit local families by offering a lower cost option for obtaining four-year college degrees. It would also provide a much-needed economic boost to the town and surrounding communities by attracting an influx of college instructors and students from beyond our community that would require housing, food, clothing, fuel, personal services, and entertainment.
Detailed information about the university project is available at www.universityinpayson.com.
A key next step is to obtain a 290-acre parcel of land for the planned Phase II South Campus that is located on the south side of Highway 260 and currently administered by the U.S. Forest Service.
Through the Rim Country Change for Change initiative, CABR is helping to raise funds for the development costs of the new campuses.