Getaway Around Rim Country

5th Annual Fall Apple Festival

5th Annual Fall Apple Festival


Free airplane orientation flights

The youth of the Rim Country, ages 8 to 17, are invited to participate in an introduction to the basics of flying at the Payson Airport from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.

This a first-come, first-to-fly event; no reservations are needed, however, youth must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a permission slip, or a signed permission slip may be brought to the event.

The pilots and ground volunteers of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810 Young Eagles Program of Payson are sponsoring the event. For details, call Marie at (928) 978-5139.

Home Depot Safety Fair

Home Depot is inviting Rim Country families to come out to its parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 for a program to bring awareness about Fire Safety/Prevention Week, which starts Oct. 9. Various safety organizations from the Payson Police to the Hellsgate Fire Department, as well as the Tonto Search and Rescue and the Mounted Posse will be participating. There will be various canine demonstrations and face painting will entertain families and free refreshments will be served. If you have questions, please call Crystal at (928) 970-0973.

15th Zane Grey Day Art, Crafts & World Bazaar

The 15th Zane Grey Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Bazaar is set to open free to the public at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, for a two-day event at the Gila County Courthouse grounds, across from the Payson Post Office. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Artisans and crafters from Payson and others will be converging on Payson to promote and sell their fine, handcrafted works of art, including paintings, jewelry, clothing, decorative items, chain saw art demonstrations and music. A variety of native, ethnic and American foods will be available as well.

Masons raffling three guns

The Masons organization of the Rim Country is selling tickets for a Big 3 Gun Raffle. Tickets are $10 each and only 500 tickets will be sold.

The firearms to be raffled are a Remington 1911 .45 Caliber Pistol, Henry Big Boy 44 Mag Rifle and a CZ-USA Mallard 12 Gauge over/under shotgun that was winner of Outdoor Life’s 2004 Best Rifle/ Shotgun.

The holder of the first winning ticket gets a choice of one of three weapons available; second winning ticket gets choice of one of two remaining weapons; third winning ticket gets remaining weapon.

Contact Jason at Twin Pines Barber Shop; Tom Jones, secretary, (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950; or any Payson Mason to purchase a ticket. Rules for the raffle are on the Masons’ Web site Rules.html.

The drawing will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Payson Lodge #70 F. & A. M. 200 E. Rancho Road.

Pioneer Cemetery tour

Jinx Pyle will host an informative, free tour of the Payson Pioneer Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Learn the stories of early Payson pioneers and their families.

Meet at the cemetery or meet at the Rim Country Museum to form your own carpools. Immediately following the tour there will be a no-host lunch at the Lone Pine Hotel on Main Street.

Reservations must be made by Oct. 15. Call the Rim Country Museum to reserve your space, (928) 474-3483.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

There’s an old saying that you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Time Out Inc. would like to give Rim residents that experience and provide an opportunity to participate in a fun way to support the organization’s Emergency and Transitional Domestic Violence Shelter.

The annual walkathon is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 on West Main, from the Community Presbyterian Church and back. There will be a short program prior to the walk and a special closing afterward.

A pledge in any amount is welcome – $75 will provide shelter for one person for one night.

To learn more, call (928) 468-8635.

5th Annual Fall Apple Festival

The Pine Strawberry Business Community is presenting the 5th Annual Fall Apple Festival the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 at the Pine Strawberry Community Center and Ramada.

Festivities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7. This is a family event that this year will include the 1st Annual Apple Festival Antique Show in the Cultural Hall on both Saturday and Sunday.

The 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Enter your chili in the cook-off or come sample and judge the best chili in both commercial and non-commercial categories. The proceeds will go to benefit the Pine/Strawberry Food Bank.

There will be activities for kids in the Cultural Hall, food vendors, entertainment, and antique cars on display.

Vendors and artisans will be selling a great diversity of wares.

There is no admission. For more information, visit the Web site: or call (928) 476-3090.


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