Getaway Around Rim Country


Chili Cook Off

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is participating in the first annual Chili Cook Off at the Gila County Court House parking lot on the Beeline Highway across from the Post Office on Saturday, Sept. 15.

This is a CASI sponsored event, with both a professional and a local People’s Choice division. There is a $15 entry fee for participants. Tickets are $4 for guests. Included in the ticket price are a tasting cup and spoon, plus a voting ballot for the People’s Choice contestants. Information for entry into the People’s Choice cook off is at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or call (928) 468-6684. Entry tickets may be purchased the day of the competition at the event.

Ice cream social

The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society will be holding an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Pine Community Center. The evening will include a “Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” feature. It’s all-you-can-eat to the music of the Randall Family Band. Adult admission is $10 and $5 for children under 12. For more information call (928) 970-0658.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Payson Conference is holding its annual Walk for the Poor starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Edward Jones office at Sawmill Crossing. The walk will be down West Main and back up again.

For more information, register to walk, or to pledge to support those who volunteer to walk, please contact Anna Urioste, (6020 301-8981, or Sue Hubenthal, (602) 980-6668.

Masons raffling three guns

The Mason 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 choice of one of three weapons available; second winning ticket get 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 Mason’s 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.

An Evening of Time Out Gala

Time Out, Inc. will present an Evening of Time Out Gala to benefit its programs Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Rim Golf Club.  The event starts with a no-host bar at 4:30 p.m., followed by a gourmet buffet dinner and dancing to the Starlighters.  Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling Cathy at (928) 474-3960 or Debbie at (480) 213-2103, online at or (928) 472-8007.

Fund-raisers planned for Duran family

Eddie Duran’s many friends are currently planning a fund-raiser to help with the medical expenses his family is incurring due to the stroke he suffered about a week ago. He remains hospitalized in an ICU at press time.

Organizers, including his longtime friend Noah Sarnowski, have settled on a benefit barbecue, camp-style dinner prepared by Clayton Randall. Sarnowski says it will be beef, cowboy beans and all the fixings.

The dinner will be served for donations.

The benefit is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Payson Concrete

Benefit organizers have also scheduled several raffles including one that has as a prize a full Angus beef, cut, prepared and freezer-ready. Friends of Eddie’s have also donated seven rifles, which will be raffled

Tickets for the beef and rifles will be sold for $20 each or six for $100.

Also, Sarnowski received an envelope donation containing $1,000 in cash, which will be raffled. Tickets are $50 each.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at Bud’s Plumbing, Payson Concrete, NAPA Auto and Semstream.

Eddie, a longtime Payson Little League coach and board member, is employed at Payson Concrete as a truck driver. He and his wife, Ellen, have three sons.


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