Labor Day Weekend Packed With Fun


Enjoy a pancake breakfast or Navajo taco this weekend in the shade of the P/S Community Center ramada with a lot of friendly people and cute canines at the annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast or Navajo taco this weekend in the shade of the P/S Community Center ramada with a lot of friendly people and cute canines at the annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Last chance at Riff Raff Raffle

I’d like to remind everyone that time is running out to get tickets for the big raffle drawing this Sunday, Sept. 1. The Riff Raff Rifle Raffle is upon us — and it’s more than just a tongue-twister!

The local Riff Raff Club is a great non-profit organization that sponsors activities throughout the year to raise funds to help needy children, families, individuals and community groups in the P/S area. Their recent School Assistance Program for P/S School was a huge success!

The Rifle Raffle is an annual event that helps with Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and more.

This year’s raffle includes a Marlin 30-30, a Remington 870 Magnum Express Pump Action 12 gauge and many other exciting prizes.

Get tickets outside the Ponderosa Market tomorrow or at Sidewinders and Hairlooms in Pine, the Sportsman’s Chalet and The Bear in Strawberry or call Annette at (928) 978-3019.

The drawing is a very celebratory occasion with numerous winners and will take place at Sidewinders Saloon in Pine at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1. Good luck to all!

Arts & Crafts Festival

The P/S Arts and Crafts Guild will be holding its 33rd annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. Come out and enjoy handmade arts and crafts while supporting artists and crafters and local charities.

People once admired the workmanship of a handcrafted product. Then technology gave rise to machines replacing the artist with factories and mass-produced items. Eventually products made in America like Levi’s, NBA and NFL jerseys and even American flags were outsourced to other countries because labor costs were cheaper. Not only handmade, but American-made items were threatened with extinction.

Thanks to artists and crafters joining together in towns across America and forming groups like the P/S Arts and Crafts Guild, our country’s arts and crafts heritage has been preserved through festivals promoting handmade workmanship.

The P/S Arts and Crafts Guild Labor Day weekend festival at the P/S Community Center promises to deliver unique handmade arts and crafts, artist and crafter demonstrations, great food, fun, scenery and weather.

You’ll also be supporting the efforts of local non-profit agencies as the Guild donates festival proceeds to groups such as the local food bank, fire department, school and more.

There will be a pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday sponsored by the Firefighters Association. The local fire chief, fire department personnel and other community volunteers always cook up a delicious breakfast served with a smile.

The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) will be preparing their always-popular Navajo tacos in the Senior Dining Room in an annual fund-raiser that supports senior citizens in the community.

You can enjoy it all in the shade of the ramada with a lot of friendly people and some cute canines as well.

Be sure to visit the Arts and Crafts Boutique and meet the artists and crafters of the local Guild and see their beautiful creations.

In conjunction with the festival, the Library Friends Labor Day Book Sale will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Library Activity Room with smoking hot deals you don’t want to miss.

It’s a win-win weekend for everyone at the P/S Arts and Crafts Guild Labor Day Festival.

Historical Society Auction

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when it comes to silent auctions, you don’t have to twist my arm — I’ll be the first one through the door!

If you want to bid on some amazing auction items, get down to the Pine Museum at the P/S Community Center between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31.

There will be a wide variety of auction items including antiques and gift certificates.

You must be there to claim your items by 4 p.m.

The local Historical and Archaeological Society does wonderful work keeping the rich history of the area alive. Dedicated volunteers work hard to ensure the preservation of artifacts, the pioneer cemetery, Strawberry Schoolhouse and other historic structures.

Don’t miss your chance to get an awesome item while helping a great cause.

Fire on the Rim

Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin will announce the take off as the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race gets under way with the first race at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. Come out and watch the racers take off and you may just get an adrenaline rush yourself and fall in love with the sport of mountain bike racing.

Saturday will include 45-mile, 30-mile, 15-mile and Kids races. Sunday, Sept. 15, there will be an opportunity to ride the new bike trail in Pine at 9 a.m.

Combine the bike race with an awards ceremony, prizes, a silent auction and bike raffles (yes — plural — not one, but two bikes will be raffled off); add to that free camping, food wagons, an Italian feast, a beer garden and live music and you have the perfect recipe for three days of fun that you won’t find anywhere but right here in Pine and Strawberry.

Did I mention live music? I guarantee you’ll love the performers!

Did I mention a beer garden? I guarantee you’ll love the sponsors, THAT Brewery!

Did I mention the Italian feast? I guarantee you’ll love the chef, Gerardo Moceri, who apprenticed and worked in restaurants throughout Italy.

Whether you are a spectator or a race participant, a toddler or a senior citizen, fun awaits at the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

For all the details, visit the Web site at www.fireontherim.com.

Get raffle tickets for the bikes outside the Ponderosa Market in Pine on weekends until the event.

Don’t let a great event pass you by. You’ll find it all right here every Friday. Please send events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

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