Getaway Around Rim Country


23rd Annual Pleasant Valley Days

The residents of the Young area aren’t letting the happily departed Poco Fire put a damper on their Arizona Centennial celebration of Pleasant Valley Days.

The call is going out for entries in the annual quilt show — the deadline is July 17.

The show will be July 21, with lots going on before and after.

Festivities start Friday, July 20 with the Pleasant Valley Fire Department dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., along with a program by Cindy Shanks on the last group of sheep to walk the sheep driveway west of Young. There will also be bingo for anyone 18 and older starting at 6 p.m. at the fire department. On the east side of the Pleasant Valley Community Center there will be karaoke and a homemade ice cream contest.

The Pleasant Valley Days fun continues Saturday, July 21 with a biscuit and gravy (plus) breakfast at 7 a.m. at the community center and then the Ted Meredith Memorial Team Roping Event gets under way at 8 a.m., whenever it concludes Saturday evening, there will also be barrel racing. The Pleasant Valley Days Parade starts at 10 a.m. southwest of the Valley Bar and follows Hwy. 288 to the Young Cemetery. Contact Curtis Cortez at (928) 462-3317 for additional details.

Following the parade, a green chili burro (plus) lunch will be served starting at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Community Center. Also at the PVCC will be a craft show where participants and guests can get Pleasant Valley Days T-Shirts, tickets from the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee and PPRC “Jail Crew” for raffle baskets and the Aug. 17-19 Payson Rodeo, snow cones, popcorn and more, plus visit a petting zoo.

There will also be a Quick Draw Contest and Dress for the Old West Contest at the Dead Broke Corral starting at noon and continuing until 4 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in 1887-style clothes and to be in the parade and/or wear to various activities.

For details, check out or call Carol Braswell, (928) 462-3661.

The Pleasant Valley Days Quilt Show XII is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at Braswell’s Chuckwagon. Celebrating 100 years of Arizona Statehood, the theme of the show is The Cowboy Way. Quilts, wall hangings, clothing, pictures and other memorabilia can be entered. Quilts can be any size or shape and memorabilia can be anything from an infant’s baptism dress to Grandpa’s Colt 45.

Start bringing entries in as soon as possible in order to get the paperwork completed and things ready for display. Call if you have any questions. All quilts and projects need to be brought to Braswell’s Chuckwagon by Tuesday, July 17. Entry forms are available now. Forms should be completed and attached to each quilt.

For more information on the quilt show, call Carol Braswell, (928) 462-3661 or write to her at Braswell’s Chuckwagon, Box 183, Young, AZ 85554.

Also on July 21 at Braswell’s Chuckwagon there will be games, vintage vehicles, authentic chuckwagon, hand-churned butter and Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, with taste samples available.

Visit the museums and tour the Tewksbury Cabin. Stop by Martha’s Craft Library, Waite’s Country Realty where quilts will be displayed and Pleasant Valley Winery where there will be a wine tasting from noon to 5 p.m. and quilts on display.

At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner with a choice of a steak or hamburger, plus a baked potato and the presentation of trophies for parade entries, presentation of the 2012 Pleasant Valley Queen and Princesses and recognition of the winners in the Dress for the West Contest.

The last day of the celebration, Sunday, July 22, breakfast of a breakfast burrito (plus) will be served at 7 a.m. at the community center; the team roping continues at 8 a.m.; the Pleasant Valley Fire Department will have lunch at 11 a.m. with hamburgers and hot dogs and more available; from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., festival volunteers and their families are invited to an ice cream social at Braswell’s Chuckwagon; and at 7 p.m., the Valley Bar will have a Corn Hole Tourney.

The fire department will have a hydration center and emergency medical care available, and host the APS “Weiner Wagon” (power of electricity).

Maps and fliers are available at the PVCC.

For more information, call (928) 462-3661.

Multi-artist Concert

Vanilla Nut Production with Espresso Esq., along with Scott McCloud, will present an EXtreme Tour and Rolling Thunder Tour concert with 20 to 30 musicians from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village next to Circle K. There will be exhibits and games and UTurn Men will be present.

K-9 Officers present expo

The annual “Dog’ed Daze of Summer, Law Enforcement EXPO and K-9 Demonstration” is planned for Tuesday, July 17.

For the past 20 years, police dogs, handlers and trainers from all over the U.S. and Canada have come to Payson for the annual K-9 Officers Survival Seminar. During the course of the seminar, K-9 Units are seen all around the Payson area conducting various training scenarios.

Several years ago, organizers were asked by the public to be able to view these K-9s in action and so the “Dog’ed Daze Of Summer” was started.

This year, the event is at the Payson Event Center, Tuesday, July 17. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the demonstration is at 7 p.m. New this year is a Law Enforcement EXPO with events and displays from agencies like U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona National Guard, as well as the Payson Police Department Special Response Team and the Gila County Sheriff’s Lake Patrol. The Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association will accept donations at the gate to help sponsor the annual event.

The Payson Event Center is at 1400 S. Beeline Highway, across from the entrance to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and Tonto Apache Reservation.


Tony Vacca

Tony Vacca will perform Sunday at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church

Jazz saxophonist Tony Vacca, a nationally known performing and recording artist, will be in concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. This program is starting a half-hour later than the jazz concerts usually start.

Vacca has performed with such jazz legends as Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., Richie Cole, Conti Candoli, Irvin Mayfield, Jon Faddis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Swingtips, Tony Bennett, Frank Foster and Doc Severinsen.

A busy clinician and educator, he has been a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold summer jazz clinics.

Critics have said Vacca plays with “Muscular and ripping style,” (Chicago Tribune); “...thoughtful, demure, straightforward post-bop...the performances are solid,” Jazziz; “...sophisticated, searing and electrifying experience,” (Judy Roberts - Chicago pianist); “...sensuous and throaty...,” (Arizona Republic); “...a performer of considerable gifts with his own welcome message on the curved horn,” (All Music Guide); “...the tenor saxophonists’ Mount Everest,”

(All About Jazz - Feb 2002); “The most burning player in the Valley!,”

(ASU Press); “A phenomenal sax player,” (Az Foothills Magazine); and, “Vacca’s approach is brawny... with solid unity of thought and feeling.” (Jazz Review).

A rhythm section will perform in Payson with Vacca.

A $5 minimum donation will include refreshments.

To reserve a seat, contact: or call (602) 619-3355.


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