This weekend Rim Country residents and visitors have an opportunity to “Be Loyal - Shop Local” at the 23rd Annual Strawberry Festival in Pine and Strawberry.
“Just about every business here contributes in some way,” said Sheri Earp, one of the event coordinators with the Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC).
The 2013 Strawberry Festival is this weekend throughout Pine and Strawberry on Highway 87 north of Payson. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16.
On the south end at Pine Hardware Store, participants can enjoy a petting zoo, a mechanical bull and for the first time ever, a water game with WOW bubbles (participants get inside the bubbles and move around a pool of water). Earp said it is like being a gerbil in a ball.
DJ Craig will also share his vast collection of music on site, where visitors can get aboard a shuttle and not worry about finding parking at the different venues.
A Kids Corner at the Pine Community Center ramada will give youngsters a chance to make gifts for their fathers, grandfathers and uncles for Father’s Day.
Live music at the community center will feature Trouble in Paradise along with the Old Fiddlers and Friends, Cinnamon Twist and, on Sunday, the Ballam Family Bluegrass Gospel Band.
The event will feature every imaginable strawberry treat — juicy strawberries (in flats and pints), strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry ice cream floats and sundaes, strawberry sparkle and strawberry oatmeal bars made using an old pioneer recipe.
The Knights of Columbus will also offer a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings at 7 a.m. on both days.
The community of Strawberry will join in the fun with live music, vendors and a giant swap meet.
Moreover, the PSBC will be selling raffle tickets for a beautiful kayak to be awarded at the Mountain Daze Festival in August.
PSBC Events for 2013
All festivals are held at the Pine Community Center 13 miles north of Payson.
• Third Annual Mountain Daze Festival: from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11. Music by DJ Craig, vendors, Kids Korner, raffle drawing for kayak on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought on site or at local businesses. Pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. on both days.
• Sixth Annual Fall Apple Festival (outside)/Second Annual Antique Show (in Cultural Hall): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Music, apple treats, vendors, Kids Korner, chili cook-off on Saturday, pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. on both days.
Web site: www.psbcaz.com. Contact: Sheri Earp (928) 476-3655.