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23rd Annual 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 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 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 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. 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; 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.

Concert in the park

The annual Summer Concert Series by the Payson parks department features a free program at 7 p.m. every Saturday through July 28. The concerts are held in the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park where the audience can bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.

Scheduled to perform through the rest of July are Southern Flight Band with variety and rock music, July 21 and popular local group, The John Scott Band with blues, July 28.

MHA Arts & Crafts Sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 20. Many items will be available, including: baby blankets, bibs and toys; the ever-popular potato bags; denim purses; bird feeders; and more. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Time Out benefit

This year, the summer benefit for Time Out Inc., Summer Sizzle Garden Party & Fashion Show, will be a visit to the lovely garden of Bob and Ruth Klaver at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21.

The event includes a fashion show with unbelievable finds from Time Out Thrift Shop, a great lunch and numerous treasures. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Time Out Thrift Shop.

Missoula Children’s Theater in Payson

The theater directors and the students of both the high school and junior drama programs are working to bring Missoula Children’s Theater to Payson in August.

This is a production company from Montana that provides a great experience for children in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Between 50 and 60 youngsters will have a chance to be part of a professional theatre production.

Any child interested in being in or helping with the play will audition Monday, Aug. 13, after school. Those selected will rehearse Monday through Thursday after school and do shows Friday afternoon and Saturday evening.

These are fun, lively shows based on old stories, but with a modern twist. This year MCT has chosen to present “Betty Lou and the Country Beast” which is a country version of Beauty and The Beast.

Rim Country Museum

The Rim Country Museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program this summer with the American Association of Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Blue Star Families Foundation in support of the Blue Star Museums program for 2012. Blue Star participants agree to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, providing an engaging, enlightening family outing to those Americans who most epitomize sacrifice.

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