It’s going to be another rockin’ weekend in Rim Country, with a host of choices for fun and food.
Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race
Start with a spaghetti dinner by Gerardo Moceri of Gerardo’s Firewood Café at the third annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. Dinner is $5 for race participants and $10 for others. It will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13 at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena, 6000 Bradshaw Drive in Pine on the corner of Old County Road. A portion of the proceeds goes to wildfire prevention and trail development in the Pine-Strawberry fuel break.
Just meet the racers or join them by registering from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and again from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.
The race schedule is as follows: Saturday: 7:30 a.m., 45-mile race start; 7:45 a.m., 30-mile race start; 8 a.m., 15-mile race start; 9 a.m., Kids Race start.
There will be live music and a beer garden on both Friday and Saturday. The awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday. On the final day of the event, cyclists can take a ride on the new Bearfoot Trail in Pine starting at 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 15.
Scenic airplane flights over the Rim are the highlight of the Aero Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Payson Municipal Airport. Offered by EAA Chapter #810, the flights will cost $30 per person.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. The Boy Scouts will sell a barbecue lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $7.50.
The event will also have classic cars, antique tractors and vendors.
For information, call (928) 472-4748.
Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Tasting
Get a taste of award-winning chili and salsa at the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee’s Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Tasting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Gila County Courthouse parking lot on Beeline Highway and Frontier Street in Payson.
The event will also feature some fun raffles and a snow cone vendor.
Proceeds benefit the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee scholarship fund.
SWIRA Regional Finals
The Tonto-Apache Tribe and Mazatzal Hotel & Casino are sponsoring the Kenny Davis Southwest Indian Rodeo Association Regional Finals in Payson Saturday, Sept. 14.
There will be performances at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Payson Event Center.
Admission is $5 per person for each performance and children 9 and younger will be admitted free.
Scheduled events include: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, ladies breakaway roping, team roping, senior team roping, senior breakaway roping, junior breakaway roping, junior barrel racing and junior steer riding.
A Gala Night
The Time Out domestic violence shelter will stage its biggest fund-raiser of the year from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center, with delicious food, music by Gary Cordell, live and silent auctions, and the opportunity to save lives and make a difference.
Make a reservation with a check or credit card at the Time Out Thrift Shop on South Beeline. Tickets are $75 per person. For information, e-mail Kim Chittick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (928) 978-5245.
Joe Hopkins presents Chicago-style jazz at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church located at 800 W. Main St.
A requested donation of $5 helps defray costs and includes refreshments.
For information or RSVP, contact Reynolds at gerry-reynolds @hotmail.com, or call (602) 619-3355.
Country Western Steak Fry
The Mountain Village Foundation, formerly Strawberry’s Elite, is having its annual Country Western Steak Fry Sunday, Sept. 15 at the StrawBEARy Bear in Strawberry. Dinner will be served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets are available from any MVF member or at the door. Delicious steaks are cooked to order and served with ranch beans, cole slaw, rolls and Texas sheet cake. Tickets are $15. Non-meat options will be available.
The steak fry is an annual fund-raiser for the foundation, a 501(c)3, which raises money throughout the year to help children and families in need in Pine and Strawberry. For more information, call Christy at (928) 476-2239.