More than 250 kids — from 2 to 102 — turned out for the Seventh Annual Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park Saturday. The family spring celebration filled about every parking spot around Payson’s crown jewel attraction at the end of Historic West Main Street.
This year the festival was 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.
Representatives from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Trout Unlimited provided fishing clinics to help people begin or to improve fishing skills.
The popular silent auction and raffle returned. A robot, one of the top prizes, was returned by the winner, Mr. Fisa, for next year’s event.
Sharon Shields won the raffle’s top prize, a silver sterling necklace with a peridot donated by Overman Designs. Otis McFadden won the Diamondbacks tickets donated by Don and Pat Heizer. Click here to view and purchase photos All Albums and then find the album Rim Country Optimists.