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Annual Wildlife Fair this Saturday at Green Valley Park

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All types of creatures and activities are planned for the annual Wildlife Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11 in Green Valley Park.

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The 2012-2013 school year is quickly coming to a close, so it’s time to start making some summer plans.

Visit the annual Wildlife Fair this Saturday at Green Valley Park for inspiration. Maybe some camping and fishing trips can be part of your personal summer program.

The Wildlife Fair is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11. Admission is free.

Green Valley Park in Payson will undergo a transformation when its grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and hands-on outdoor activities for all.

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.

Parents and kids can fish, play games, and get a close-up look at wildlife, including birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators.

There will be booths from a variety of conservation groups and Green Valley Lake will receive more than double its usual stocking of trout in preparation for this event.

No fishing license is required for fair attendees and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.

For more information, contact the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at (928) 947-5242, extension 7.

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