This Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., we’re in for a real treat — the Rim Country Optimist Club will be hosting its annual Kids Fishing Festival at Payson’s Green Valley Park’s three lakes.
Optimist Club member Joan Young told me, “The festival is open to kids of all ages, from 2 to 102. There will be prizes for the largest fish caught, a 40-item silent auction, cakewalk, balloon sculpturing, raffle prizes (to include boys’ bikes), face painting, music and food. We usually have between 300 and 500 participants and are hoping for more this year. And we’ll be giving away ball caps to the first 300 kids who register on Saturday.”
You say you’d like to fish, but don’t have a pole or don’t have a municipal fishing license? Well, don’t worry. This Saturday at Green Valley Park, everyone fishes license-free and Parks & Rec will be on hand with a limited supply of fishing poles and will also supply the bait — no, they won’t bait your hook or take the fish off for you. And I just have a sneaking suspicion that Game and Fish will be showing up at the park in the wee hours of Saturday morning to stock the lake.
This year’s festival should be a whole lot of fun — and the weather on Saturday looks like it’s going to be ideal. The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 77 degrees, with nothing but sunny skies coming our way. Last year on this date, a small number of brave anglers battled high winds, freezing cold and snow at the fishing festival.
I know I’ll be casting my line into the lake sometime during the day on Saturday. I grew up enjoying fishing in the Fox River, which ran through the middle of our small town. And I still enjoy dropping my line into the water — anywhere and anytime, whether it’s at dawn, high noon or dusk. Heck, I even like fishin’ in the dark!
This week’s music trivia question is: can you name of the group that scored a number one hit with their 1987 song “Fishin’ In The Dark?”
Founded in California during 1965, this band has lasted longer than virtually any other country-based rock group of their era. Younger contemporaries of the Byrds, it played an almost equally important role in the transformation from folk-rock into country-rock and was an influence on such bands as the Eagles and Alabama.
The group’s membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded under a shortened version of their more familiar name. Constant members since the early times are singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna and drummer Jimmie Fadden.
The four-to-five member group has found success on both the pop charts (11 hits) and country charts (32 hits). From 1984-89, the band had a remarkable 14 consecutive single releases reach the Top 10 on Billboard’s country chart, including their three number one hits, “Fishin’ In The Dark”, “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)” and “Modern Day Romance.” The band’s top hits on the pop charts were “Make A Little Magic” and “Mr. Bojangles,” which earned a Grammy Hall of Fame award.
Is this “Fishin’ In The Dark” group A) The Eli Young Band; B) The Band Perry; C) The Zac Brown Band; or D) The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band?
This week, the fifth caller with the right answer will win two prizes: a CD of this week’s music trivia band’s greatest hits, which includes their smash hit “Fishin’ In The Dark” and two tickets to the April 12, 13 and 14 Payson High School spring musical “All Shook Up,” inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the rock and roll artist who recorded the 1956 song “Too Much Monkey Business?” Some of his many popular songs included “School Day,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Was this artist A) Chuck Berry, B) Buddy Holly, C) Elvis Presley or D) John Stanton?
The correct answer was Chuck Berry. Holly and Presley were also top 1950s rockers. When John Stanton isn’t moonlighting on stage down at Jake’s Corner (that may be a rumor) he rocks as the manager of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Mike Leigh, who won two complimentary tickets to Payson High School’s spring musical “All Shook Up.” A regular caller, Mike is now a four-time winner.
Lastly, new pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Business Showcase, where more than 700 visitors perused the booths of 48 local businesses and 10 student organizations at the Mazatzal Casino.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Optimist Kids Fishing Festival this Saturday, where I hope you reel in a scale-topper — or at least leave with a whopper of a fish tale of the one that got away.
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