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 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 8th Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Team Roping Event gets underway 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 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.
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.
Pleasant Valley Winery will have 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, 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; and at 7 p.m., the Valley Bar will have a Corn Hole Tourney.
Maps and flyers are available at the PVCC. For more information, call Carol Braswell at (928) 462-3661.