Event-Packed Saturday

Wildlife Fair and more scheduled

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It’s time to start counting down to summer fun.

This weekend the hot season kicks off with not only Mother’s Day, but the Wildlife Fair, the American Legion’s Fun Run for the Payson Supply Line, the Rim Country Corvette Club’s first car show and ABATE of Arizona High Country Chapter’s first Bike Safety Day.

Before celebrating Mother’s Day, get down to Green Valley Park for the annual Wildlife Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 12.

Green Valley Park in Payson will undergo a transformation when its grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and hands-on outdoor activities during the annual Payson Wildlife Fair, presented by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service and the Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department.

And it is all free.

Parents and kids can fish, play games, and get a close-up look at wildlife, including birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators.

A variety of conservation groups will set up booths.

Green Valley Lake will receive more than double its usual stocking of trout for the event. Fair attendees don’t need a fishing license and can borrow equipment and bait.

For more information, contact Parks, Recreation & Tourism at (928) 947-5242, ext. 7.

Payson Supply Line Fun Run

Saturday also features the Payson American Legion Riders’ big benefit for the Payson Supply Line, which sends comfort and care packages to active duty military personnel serving in Afghanistan. The benefit helps raise the money to pay for materials and shipping.

The Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. at the American Legion Post, 709 E Highway 260, with breakfast served until 10 a.m. and lunch from noon to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to participate and need not enter the Fun Run to join the festivities.

For more information, call the Post at (928) 474-6969.

Rim Country Corvette Show

The Rim Country Corvette Club, will present its inaugural Corvette Show at Chapman Auto Center of Payson, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 12.

The event features displays of the cars plus food and vendor booths. The Humane Society of Central Arizona and the Payson Rodeo Committee will participate as well.

Enthusiasts formed the Rim Country Corvette group to share their love of their “plastic babies” and have some fun with other Corvette owners.

Members plan runs all over the state; sometimes just for lunch and others for a long weekend or more.

For additional information, call (602) 320-5309, (602) 320-5186 or (928) 474-3607.

Bike Safety Day

This Saturday will also feature ABATE of Arizona High Country Chapter’s first Bike Safety Day at Rumsey Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This free event will focus on safety for children on bicycles and will provide food and entertainment, bike games, raffles for the children, a bike show and plenty of fun events for kids of all ages.

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