Catch Fishing Fever -- Hook, Line And Sinker


Gracie Mills and her father bond with fishing poles on the shores of Green Valley Lake. The Rim Country Optimists and others will sponsor a fishing festival there on Saturday.

Gracie Mills and her father bond with fishing poles on the shores of Green Valley Lake. The Rim Country Optimists and others will sponsor a fishing festival there on Saturday. |

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Calling all kids (from 2 to 102): Time for the 7th Annual Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park on Saturday, April 6.

Once again the Rim Country Optimist Club and friends are presenting this great family spring celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No fishing license needed to drop a line in the freshly stocked lakes at Payson crown jewel – Green Valley Park at the end of Historic West Main.

The Optimists have teamed up with Payson Rotary Clubs; Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department; the Arizona Game and Fish Department; Trout Unlimited; Scoops; and DJ Craig.

Experts will offer fishing clinics, complete with poles and bait will be available. The Payson Rotary Club Foundation and Rim Country

Optimist Club will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and more. Scoops will also join the fun and D.J. Craig will share his music.

The event will include a silent auction and raffle, which will include jewelry donated by Overman Designs; Diamondback tickets; restaurant certificates; places to go; and fishing items.

Even non-anglers will find something to do.

To donate a raffle or silent auction item or purchase raffle tickets contact Joan Young, (928) 472-2264. To learn more about the Optimist Club or to see pictures of previous fishing festivals: http://www.rimcountryoptimist.com/

Raffle tickets are being sold in advance of the festival from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 5 at Arizona National Bank at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main.

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