fiddle Festival

The Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration takes place Sept. 26-27 at Green Valley Park. There will be a free family concert the evening of Sept. 25.

Arizona High School and Junior High Rodeo Association season opener

Come out and cheer on the next generation of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Payson Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway. Admission is free.

Sol DeVille plays

The Sol DeVille band will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Landmark at the Creek, 1355 Christopher Creek Loop. The band plays a variety of genres, including country, blues, R&B, soul, funk, pop and original numbers.

Payson Town Council meeting

The Payson Town Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Town Hall.

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Free family event

The Payson Old Time Opry presents an evening of music and talent from The Purple Hulls, featuring Madonna & The Boys.

The group was the 2019 band competition winner at the Payson Old Time Opry.

The concert is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at Green Valley Park. Admission is free.

Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration

The 50th annual Old Time Fiddle & Acoustic Celebration takes place Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 at Green Valley Park.

Organizers say to gather the family and bring some lawn chairs to enjoy talented musicians, vendors and more.

Saturday’s schedule

Contest begins at 9 a.m.

9 a.m., Introductions/National Anthem

9:15 a.m., Small Fry Division, Junior Junior Division, Junior Division

11 a.m., Twin Fiddle, Awards Announcement/Tie Breaker for Small Fry, Junior Junior, Junior Divisions

11:30 a.m., Young Adult Division, Senior Division, Adult Division, Cross Tuned

1:30 p.m., Awards Announcement/Tie Breaker for Young Adult, Senior, and Adult Divisions plus Twin & Cross Tuned

2 p.m., Fiddlers Jam at the Park (if time allows)

3-5 p.m., Workshops

6 p.m., Fiddle Fest continues with Opening Announcements — Age Division Winner recognition

6:15 p.m., Band Competition

7:30 p.m., Hot Bow Competition

8 p.m., Special performance by festival judges and community jam

Sunday’s schedule

9 a.m., Gospel Program with Incidental Bluegrass

11:30 a.m., Grand Champion Division

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