Green Valley Park will undergo a transformation when its grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and hands-on outdoor activities for all at the Annual Payson Wildlife Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10.
The free annual cooperative event by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service, and Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department includes fishing in the trout-stocked lake without need of a fishing license. Green Valley Lake will get more than double its usual stocking of trout in preparation for this event. A fishing booth at the fair will even provide equipment and bait.
Exhibits also include games, a close-up look at wildlife, including birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators. Conservation groups will provide a variety of booths. For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at (928) 947-5242, extension 7.
Pre-register for Mudder
A little less than a month after the Wildlife Fair, the town hosts the 6th anniversary of the Mountain High Games, which will include the popular Mogollon Monster Mudder 5K.
While at Green Valley Park for the Wildlife Fair, get information about the big June 7 event, including discounted registration for online entries completed by May 16.
The 2014 course includes mountain trails with natural and man-made obstacles and, of course, mud!
The Mountain High Games is the Southwest’s largest celebration of adventure sports including the Monster Truck Night of Fire and Thrills and the Mogollon Monster Mudder 5K.
The fun starts Saturday, June 7 at 9 a.m. in the Payson Event Center and continues through the evening, which will feature Race Track Promotions’ monster truck show. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the event center.
Complete registration online before May 16, for $60. After May 16, the entry fee is $70 ($55 for local residents with a valid Rim Country area I.D.).