Horse-drawn carriage rides with Mike Varga’s Percheron draft horses were popular at the Beaver Valley Day festivities Saturday.
Beaver Valley Day on Saturday attracted several hundred Rim Country residents and visitors to a day of family activities, food and fun.
An educational firewise program featured speaker Lorna Glaunsinger, firewise chairman of Bonita Creek, who explained how that community used government grants to clear brush and reduce risk of wildfires.
Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin also showed up to support Beaver Valley’s firewise educational program.
During the pancake breakfast, political candidates Brenda Barton, Tom Chabin, Adam Shepherd and Bob Thorpe spoke briefly about environmental and economic issues affecting rural areas.
In the afternoon, horse-drawn carriage rides with Mike Varga’s Percheron draft horses were popular with both kids and adults, as was Rocky, an American Miniature Horse, driven by Ann Kosan. These well-behaved horses have been in many parades.
Gina Costano, community liaison of the Gila County Library was on hand to introduce the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program that provides free books to children. A bounce house, duck race on the East Verde River and dinner rounded out the day.