Big Weekend Kicks Off Summer Fun


Green Valley Lake will get a double dose of fish this weekend for the Payson Wildlife Fair.

Green Valley Lake will get a double dose of fish this weekend for the Payson Wildlife Fair. |

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No one in the Rim Country can claim they’re bored this weekend. The weekend events include the annual Wildlife Fair, the American Legion Riders Fun Run for the benefit of the Payson Supply Line, the Second Annual Corvette Show and a benefit for the Gila County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse at the Oxbow.

Wildlife Fair

Visit the annual Wildlife Fair this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Valley Park for a whole herd of ideas for summer fun. The Payson Wildlife Fair is a cooperative event between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service, and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Admission is free. Parents and kids can fish, play games and get a close-up look at wildlife, including birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators.

The town will double the normal stocking of the lake, with no fishing license required for fair attendees, and equipment on loan at the free fishing booth at the fair.

Legion Riders Fun Run

It’s spring, so it’s time for the annual American Legion Riders Fun Run for the Payson Supply Line. Come to Payson American Legion Post 69, on East Highway 260, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11 to register. Participants can ride motorcycles, quads or travel along in their cars. Music starts at 1 p.m. The event is a poker run, with a live auction and raffle. Pick up cards at different stops on the route and get a chance at cash prizes for both the high and low hands.

Mail donations to ALR Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541 to support the Payson Supply Line, which provides items to soldiers in war zones.

2nd Annual All-Corvette Show

The Rim Country Corvettes, a not-for-profit group of Corvette enthusiasts, will present its 2nd Annual All-Corvette Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at Chapman Auto Center, at the corner of Highways 87 and 260 in Payson.

The first show had more than 50 participants, and organizers hope for 100 this year.

“You can expect to see (models) from 1956 to 2013 at the show,” said Don McLaughlin, one of the group’s founders and organizers of the event.

Several area organizations will have booths: The Christopher-Kohl’s Firebelles will have a food trailer and the Elks, Kiwanis, Soroptimists, the Humane Society of Central Arizona, the Payson Rodeo Committee and Time Out Inc. will also be on hand.

Mounted Posse benefit

Join the Gila County Mounted Posse’s “Spring Roundup Dinner & Dance” from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Historic Ox Bow on West Main Street in Payson for a barbecue dinner, live music by 3 Wheel Drive, raffles, live and silent auctions and more.

Buy the $10 tickets at the Ox Bow, Bob’s Western Wear or Payson Concrete. For more information, contact Earl Chitwood at (928) 238-0005, or Larry White at (928) 978-8010.

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