September 23, 2011
The 2011 Northern Gila County Fair Zane Grey Award was won by Richard Alvarez’s Payson High School woodshop class for its “Memory Lane” cedar chest. The “Memory Lane” cedar chest, along with another class project of an antique wood ice chest, will be auctioned at the Sept. 24 Gila County Pioneers Dinner and Dance. The auction benefits Payson High graduates with scholarships to help them continue their education.
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Six years ago a group of men who once starred in multiple sports at Payson High School gathered in Roy Haught’s Star Valley home to ponder their concerns over the loss of the pioneer or “cowboy” culture in the Rim Country. A common thread running through the discussions was that the tradition of annually paying a fitting tribute to local pioneers had fallen by the wayside mostly because the Tonto Cowbelles had disbanded.