Pleasant Valley Days Kick Off Next Weekend

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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.

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 fun continues Saturday, July 21 with a biscuit and gravy (plus) breakfast at 7 a.m. at the community center and then the 8th Annual 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.

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 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 deadbrokecorral.com 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.”

Look for that unusual quilt or piece of memorabilia, anything to share your family history during the celebration. 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.

Also on Saturday 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. There will be recorded music provided for listening and dancing.

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. Sunday, 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 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 Carol Braswell at (928) 462-3661.

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