Festival Fever On The Rise In Pine Strawberry


Pine Strawberry School 8th-grader Abby Greenleaf (left) and 5th-grader Jerusha Paine (right) were Grand Prize winners in the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions at the Gila County Science and Engineering Fair in Globe on March 1.

Pine Strawberry School 8th-grader Abby Greenleaf (left) and 5th-grader Jerusha Paine (right) were Grand Prize winners in the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions at the Gila County Science and Engineering Fair in Globe on March 1. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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The weather on the Rim has been beautiful with mild temperatures and lots of sunshine. Like many of you, I’m wondering what happened to winter and would love more snow or rain. However, the beautiful days feel like “festival weather” and I’m ready for the fun to get under way.

Perhaps it is the time of year, the weather, the food, the people, but one thing I’ve noticed, at our festivals nearly everyone is smiling! It’s time to catch festival fever. There are numerous opportunities for a great time this year!

St. Patrick’s Day events

Two local venues invite you to celebrate the Irish on March 17. The Strawberry Bear will have a $5 buffet with corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and other Celtic favorites. Tony G’s Sidewinders Saloon in Pine invites you to party down with green beer, corned beef and cabbage, drink specials, Irish music and party favors. A dart tournament will be held at 2 p.m.

P-S Community Center Thrift Store

March 14 to 17 it’s 50 percent off St. Patrick’s Day items at the Pine Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store. You’ll also find great deals with the winter clothes clearance. Fill a bag of clothes, including coats, for just $2.

March 21 to 24 wraps up the winter clothes clearance with fill a bag for $1, and great deals on a wide variety of Easter décor.

News from our school

Congratulations to two Pine Strawberry school students, 8th-grader Abby Greenleaf and 5th-grader Jerusha Paine, who won the Grand Prize in the Middle School and Elementary Division at the Gila County Science and Engineering Fair on March 1.

Best wishes to you and to all the Pine Strawberry School first-place winners who are going on to the Arizona State Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix April 2 to 4. Abby Greenleaf, Jerusha Paine, Caleb Paine, Ty Zimmerman, and Tianni Lawrence were all Grand Prize and first-place winners in the Gila County competition. Good luck and we hope to see you at the nationals!

Pine Library

On March 22, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine is featuring the children’s movie “Sea Level” at 1:30 p.m. for Spring Break Movie Madness. Kids, bring your brothers and sisters, friends and pillows and enjoy refreshments. See how a little shark shows he’s not too small to save his family!

Remember, the library will be closed for maintenance beginning March 27 and will reopen April 2.

Upcoming events

Easter Egg Fun Day

Hop on down to Pine Trailhead (south entrance to Pine) on Saturday, April 7 for the third annual free Easter Egg Fun Day. This exciting event, sponsored by Strawberry’s Elite, Pine Strawberry School, Mommy Perks and Pine Media includes an egg hunt, coloring area, snacks, prizes, fire truck, handmade candy carriers (while they last) and the Easter Bunny. The event starts at 10 a.m.

Pine Strawberry Trail Day – Take a Hike!

Put a smile on your face and lace up your hiking boots on April 21 for the first annual Trail Day. Let’s show hikers, bikers and outdoor enthusiasts what our community, groups and businesses have to offer. It culminates at Pine Community Center with trail hikes for beginners, intermediate and advanced hikers, dog and horse team demonstrations, medieval fighting demonstration, guided historical walking tours, scavenger hunt, Hashknife Pony Express, car show and music.

May Day Celebration

On May 12 and 13, the Pine Strawberry Business Community invites you to celebrate all the joy and beauty of spring at the annual May Day Celebration. Enjoy the first craft fair of the season, antique tractor show, entertainment, food, gardening and farmer’s market... and could there be a pie-throwing contest? It’s always good, old-fashioned, small-town, family fun at its finest.

Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Festival

May 26 and 27, the artists and crafters of the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild proudly bring you the 32nd Annual Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Festival, featuring 80-plus booths of original, hand-crafted items by Arizona’s most talented artists. There is fused glass, photography, metal art, handmade purses and baby clothes, and more. Additionally expect plenty of great food and fun activities for kids.

Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show

On June 8, 9 and 10, the 16th annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show will take place at the Cultural Hall in Pine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There will be a raffle for a beautiful Opportunity Quilt, the Berry Patch Boutique, vendor mall, quilt appraiser and viewers’ choice voting. Admission is $2 and for each non-perishable food item you bring you will receive a ticket for a drawing for a quilt. Visit the Web site www.strawberrypatchers.com for entry forms and the most current show information.

Please keep me informed about events at haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (602) 790-0248.

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