Catch Fishing Fever

Hook, line and sinker — the annual Fishing Fest is fun

Two young ladies share conversation and also wait for a fish or two to jump onto the lure, well, maybe.

Two young ladies share conversation and also wait for a fish or two to jump onto the lure, well, maybe. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Brothers, sisters, dads, moms, grandma and grandpa – everyone is sure to have a great time at this weekend’s Fishing Festival in Green Valley Park. Register and no license is needed.

Calling all kids (from 2 to 102) – it’s time for the 7th Annual Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park.

Once again the Rim Country Optimist Club and friends are presenting this great family spring celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 6.

Just sign up and a fishing license will not be required to drop a line in the freshly stocked lakes at Payson crown jewel – Green Valley Park at the end of Historic West Main.

The festival is a cooperative effort of the Optimist and Rotary Clubs; the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department; the Arizona Game and Fish Department; Trout Unlimited; Scoops; and DJ Craig.

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Some young anglers have the patience it takes to fish.

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Some young anglers have the patience it takes to fish; others wonder why there’s so much fuss.

Representatives from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Trout Unlimited will provide fishing clinics to help people begin or to improve fishing skills. Poles and bait will be available. The Payson Rotary Club Foundation and Rim Country Optimist Club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and more. Scoops will also join the fun and D.J. Craig will share his music, make announcements and add to everyone’s entertainment.

The popular silent auction, which will be bigger than ever, and raffle return. Between the two, participants have a chance for a piece of jewelry donated by Overman Designs; Diamondback tickets; certificates for restaurants; fun things to do; places to go; fishing items; and a variety of other items.

Even if you do not want to fish, it is worth a stop to see what is going on and if there is something on which you want to bid: from a basket of baby items to a bow and arrows.

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And then there are those who don’t have to worry about patience — their efforts are rewarded with a great catch from a well-stocked lake.

To donate a raffle or silent auction item to support this community event 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 Street.

Through the course of the Fishing Festival, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 6:

• Fish will be weighed and measured for anyone who wishes to have it done.

• Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and more provided at a reasonable price.

• Scoops Ice Cream will be available

• Raffle tickets will be sold before the event and throughout the day.

• Raffle tickets will be drawn throughout the day for a variety of gifts, services etc.

• Major prizes will be drawn after 2 p.m. and Silent Auction item bids will close

• Huge Silent Auction

• D.J. Craig will be providing music and announcing raffle winners all day

Items in the raffle (so far)

Peridot Necklace from Overman Designs

Diamondback Tickets from Don and Pat Heizer

Fly Fishing Set

Croquet Set

Horseshoe Game from Susan Detrich

Fish Key Chain

Ugly Stick Fishing Pole

Cracker Jax: four hours of mini golf, bumper boats, go-carts for two

Enchanted Island Amusement Park: two All-Day Ride Passes fro ages 2 to 10

Macky’s Grill: $20 gift certificate

Lowell Observatory: two admission passes

Kangaroo stuffed animal

Arizona Science Center: two admission passes

Motion-activated Candy/Nut Dispenser

Wild Life World: three 3 passes

Giraffe stuffed animal

Ice Den: family 4-Pack for ice skating

Scene It Game

Wild Life World: two passes

Joke Game

Macky’s Grill: $20 gift certificate

Golfland: set of two 4 free mini golf passes

Enchanted Island Amusement Park: two All-Day Ride Passes for ages 2 to 10 Robot

Giant: $20 Gift Card

Raffle ticket holders do not have to be present to win, but be sure to either legibly write on each ticket your name and telephone number or give the information to the seller and the range of numbers printed on your tickets.

More raffle items are expected before the event.

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