Strawberry Festival Means Fun, Food


Purchase raffle tickets at the Strawberry Festival to win this beautifully crafted, high quality kayak being raffled by the Pine Strawberry Business Community. The drawing for the winning ticket will be held during the Mountain Daze Festival Aug. 10-11.

Purchase raffle tickets at the Strawberry Festival to win this beautifully crafted, high quality kayak being raffled by the Pine Strawberry Business Community. The drawing for the winning ticket will be held during the Mountain Daze Festival Aug. 10-11. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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The fabulous 2013 Strawberry Festival is this weekend at the Pine/Strawberry Community Center and throughout Pine and Strawberry on Highway 87. Participants can enjoy a bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, kids’ craft booth and a water game with WOW bubbles (participants get inside the bubbles and move around a pool of water).

During the event raffle tickets will be sold by the Pine Strawberry Business Community for a beautiful kayak to be awarded at the Mountain Daze Festival in August.

There will be live music at the community center with Trouble in Paradise along with the Old Fiddlers and Friends, Cinnamon Twist — Celtic Flavor and the Ballam Family Bluegrass Gospel Band. At the south end of Pine, DJ Craig will spin the greatest hits of all time and take requests (I challenge you to find a song from any genre that is not in his expansive music collection).

Of course your favorite strawberry treats will be on sale — juicy strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry ice cream floats and sundaes, strawberry sparkle and old pioneer recipe strawberry oatmeal bars.

Be there early to support the Knights of Columbus and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and all the trimmings.

The town of Strawberry will join in the fun with live music, vendors and a giant swap meet.

Stop in at the StrawBEARY Bear for strawberry specials like chips and strawberry salsa, daiquiris, margaritas and desserts. There will be more live music with Nick Gravagne on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday it’s good ol’ country music with the Ron Gibson Band from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For convenience, there will be a shuttle between the hardware store, the Community Center ramada, the town of Strawberry and back again. This is fantastic because you don’t want to miss all the excitement in Strawberry and the re-enactment at the old Strawberry Schoolhouse.

The PSBC puts together the annual Strawberry Festival in order to raise funds to help those less privileged in the community and donates proceeds to local non-profit groups such as the P/S Food Bank and others. The festival brings visitors and revenue to our towns and is a source of fun and pride for residents. Look for the PSBC booth and thank the volunteers for their dedication, hard work and community spirit in bringing another successful festival to P/S. 

Strawberry Schoolhouse

Be at the Strawberry Schoolhouse, the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona, on Fossil Creek Road Saturday, June 15 for a fascinating historical re-enactment portrayed by Historical Society Museum volunteers from noon to 2 p.m. Donna Barker will show what a typical day would have been like and Neil Morrison will describe how the pioneers built the schoolhouse.

If you have any questions please contact Jan Clark at (928) 476-4868.

Naked Yard Sale   

The yard sale event of the year is finally here. The Riff Raff Club’s Naked Yard Sale is also Saturday, June 15, next to Payson Concrete. At the Naked Yard Sale you may just find a kitchen sink, but what you won’t find is clothing. “Naked” means this yard sale has no clothing for sale.

For weeks, generous local residents and businesses have donated a wide variety of new items in support of the Riff Raff Club’s annual benefit. Get a great item or two at a low price while supporting the Riff Raff Club’s holiday fund-raiser that supports children and families in need in the P/S community.

Happiness Breakfast

The Time Out Shelter of Payson is having a Happiness Breakfast in Pine at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 19 in the Pine senior dining room. This free continental breakfast meeting, which will last an hour, is to educate interested residents about the Time Out Shelter’s purpose and programs. For 20 years, Time Out has made a difference in the life of many individuals and families dealing with the problem of domestic violence. Your support is very important and greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to Camille at (928) 472-8007.

Summer Movie Madness

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library presents “Escape from Planet Earth” at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 20 as part of its Summer Movie Madness series in the library at 6124 N. Randall Place. Refreshments will be served. Bring a pillow to be comfortable on the library floor.  Then get set for June 27 and the showing of the movie “Big Miracle.”

The Pine library has services, programs, books and movies for the entire family. Check out what they have for you at www.pinepubliclibrary.com.

Independence Day

Independence Day is fast approaching. For the perfect family getaway, the P/S community invites you to come spend July 6 and 7 with us at the P/S Arts and Crafts Guild annual Arts and Crafts Festival where everything is 100 percent made-in-the-USA. Begin your vacation on the Fourth, with fireworks over the lake at Payson’s Green Valley Park — and bring your fishing pole!

There’s no better place to be this holiday than the amazing Arizona Rim Country.

Did you know the Payson Roundup has won countless awards for the best in small town newspapers? Get it and see why. Catch all the happenings around the Rim or check out this column Friday’s online at www.payson.com. Please send your events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

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