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The Oxbow Outfit & Payson Petticoats stage a famous Old West re-enactment in Young just after high noon, Saturday, July 20 as part of Pleasant Valley Days. They’ll re-create the first gunfight of the Pleasant Valley War, a keynote event in Rim Country history.

Celebrate the notorious, bloody Pleasant Valley War and how the residents of Young have turned their secluded community into a surprisingly entertaining place to live.

Young and its residents celebrate the 30th Pleasant Valley Days Friday through Sunday, July 19, 20 and 21.

Six guns and rifles will blaze just after high noon Saturday, July 20 when the Oxbow Outfit & Payson Petticoats stage a famous Old West re-enactment in the usually quiet and peaceful town of Young.

They’ll re-create the first gunfight of the Pleasant Valley War, a keynote event, during the annual Pleasant Valley Days weekend — three days of history, heritage, food and drink; parade, rodeo and more.

The gunfighters’ Saturday performance follows the rifle raffle.

On the third weekend each July the infamous Pleasant Valley War is remembered and local history celebrated during Pleasant Valley Days.

The Pleasant Valley Community Council welcomes volunteers interested in helping with the venerable tradition of Pleasant Valley Days, during this 30th year for the event. To enlist as a volunteer, call Vanessa Seeley at 928-978-9274.

There are food venues in the secluded community. The Burro Shack opens at 6 a.m. and the Pleasing Palate serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taste wine varietals at Bruzzi Vineyard (the rare vidal blanc grape is Bruzzi’s specialty).

The Pleasant Valley Community Center has crafts vendors, concessions and a beer garden. On Saturday, the local arena hosts the 15th Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Team Roping competition.

30th Annual Pleasant Valley Days schedule

Friday, July 19

6 a.m., The Burro Shack and Ice on Midway opens

7 a.m., Cherry Creek Store opens; the Pleasing Palate opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner

8 a.m., Buddi’s Mini Mart opens; Pitchfork Unlimited Farmers Market opens to serve breakfast and lunch at 464 Hindu Crossing; Pleasant Valley Community Center opens

11 a.m., Valley Bar opens

Noon, Bruzzi’s Vineyard opens; PVCC Beer Garden open

Saturday, July 20

6 a.m., The Burro Shack and Ice on Midway opens

7 a.m., Cherry Creek Store opens; the Pleasing Palate opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner

8 a.m., Buddi’s Mini Mart opens; Pitchfork Unlimited Farmers Market opens; Team roping events begin in PV Arena; Pleasant Valley Community Center opens; PVCC will have craft vendors and a concession stand

10 a.m., Pleasant Valley Community Council Parade starts (Highway 288 will be closed); grand marshal is Merle Saldeen, a generous contributor to the community’s benefits and events, especially for the youth of Pleasant Valley

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., under the trees at the Baptist Church, Children’s Old West Activities with volunteers of the PV Historical Society; free, donations accepted

11 a.m., Valley Bar opens; at the Young Cemetery there will be Graham and Tewksbury presentations by Bill Brown, a Tewksbury descendant

Noon, PVCC Rifle Raffle; Bruzzi’s Vineyard opens; PVCC Beer Garden open

5 p.m., Live entertainment on the PVCC porch

Sunday, July 21

6 a.m., The Burro Shack and Ice on Midway opens

7 a.m., Cherry Creek Store opens; the Pleasing Palate opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner

8 a.m., Buddi’s Mini Mart opens; Pleasant Valley Community Center opens

10 a.m., Tour of the Historic Q Ranch, $10 per person, call 928-970-0219 (Jonathan Rodgers) for more information

11 a.m., Valley Bar opens

Noon, Bruzzi’s Vineyard opens; PVCC beer garden opens

Other events include “Ironman” on Saturday at the PVCC.

Contact the reporter 

tmcquerrey@payson.com

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