Friday, August 17, 2012

Payson Weekend Events and Entertainment

Compiled by Jenny Caster

Missoula Children's Theatre at Payson High School Auditorium
Betty Lou and the Country Beast-Missoula Children's Theatre will perform with 60 local children at the Payson High School Auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 17 and Friday, Aug. 18.  The theatre is located at 301 S. McLane Road.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students or will cost an extra dollar at the door.  Tickets may be purchased at the Payson Public Library, the 260 Café or Oasis Christian Books.  For more information, e-mail:

August Doin’s:  128th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo
The 128th Annual August Doin’s Rodeo, presented by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, will be held from Thursday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Payson Event Center.  To purchase tickets, contact the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at: 474-4515 or purchase tickets on-line at:

Rodeo Days Sale
The annual Rodeo Days sale, sponsored by the Women’s Ministries of the Payson Assembly of God will be held on Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of Safeway on East Highway 260.  Baked goods, crafts, quilts and baby items will be for sale.  All proceeds will donate missions and charities.

Payson Farmers Market
Visit the Payson Farmers Market this Saturday, August 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sawmill Theatre parking lot at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s.  The Payson Farmers Market is a gathering place for people to experience fun, friendship and the joy of community through fresh, local food, live entertainment and Rim Country art.  New and returning vendors will offer their wares through Saturday, Sept. 29.  For more information, contact Joe and Katie Klein at: (602) 524-0352 or visit the Web site at:

2012 Iris Rhizome Sale at Farmers Market
The Sun Country Iris Society will hold an Iris Rhizome sale at the Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sawmill Theatre parking lot at 816 S. Beeline Highway.  Sales may end early if sold out.  For more information, visit the Web site at:  The Sun Country Iris Society meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Valley Garden Center, 1809 N. 15th Avenue (north of McDowell Road) in Phoenix.  Visitors are welcome!

2012 August Doin’s Rodeo Parade
The annual August Doin’s Rodeo Parade will march down Payson’s historic Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 18 beginning at 9 am. at Green Valley Park and heading eastbound to the Sawmill Theatre.  Local businesses, volunteers, civic groups, rodeo queens and clowns will bring a smile to the faces of young and old alike as they parade down old Main.  For more information, contact the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at: 474-4515.

ASU Sun Devils Scrimmage at Camp Tontozona
The Arizona State University Sun Devils will be scrimmaging at Camp Tontozona on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.  The camp is located approximately 17 miles from the Beeline Highway on East Highway 260, then right on Camp Tontozona Road.  All Sun Devils fans are invited to attend.

Animal Welfare Fund: ‘Champagne in the Garden’ benefit
The “Champagne in the Garden” benefit will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Freegard Ranch located on the south side of E. Highway 260 in Star Valley.  The Animal Welfare Fund is a non-profit organization that provides shelter to animals in need after disasters and aims to eliminate animal cruelty.  Join us for great food, drinks, champagne and lots of fun and laughter and to buy sale items in the gazebo.  Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by contacting Judi Freegard at: (928) 517-1034; or at the MissFitz’s 260 Café located at 803 E. Highway 260; or at the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop located at 434 S. Beeline Highway behind the Time Out Thrift Store.

Benefit Supper to Benefit Others
The Ponderosa Chapter No. 64 Order of the Eastern Star will hold a benefit supper, “Help Us Help Others,” on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 200 E. Rancho Road.  Supper includes twice-baked spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad and dessert.  Donation requested.  All proceeds to help members of the Order of the Eastern Star support college scholarships and other Masonic charities.

Payson Christian Songwriter’s Group
Join us every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway, for our songwriter’s gathering.  For more information, call:  478-7166.


Looking Ahead
Alzheimer’s Association Caregivers Conference
The Alzheimer’s Association will hold a conference for caregivers on Friday, Aug. 24 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street.  Guest speakers will discuss dementia, memory loss, communication, financial and legal planning and challenging behaviors.  Prior registration is required.  There is no charge.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, Aug. 22.  To register, call: (602) 528-0545.

Southwest Indian Rodeo Finals
Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete at the Payson Event Center for the finals at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, Aug. 25.  Enjoy watching some of the best overall rodeo talent in the Southwest!

The Black Forest Society to play at Mountain High Coffee Works
The Black Forest Society will play at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway, on Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.  Take a journey through the deep woods with acoustic guitarist William Schwab and multi-instrumentalist Dave Rentz . Eclectic songwriting and improvisation highlight the goal to bring you someplace different--a place where wild things lurk in the dark corners of the forest and spirits call from the bottom of deep lakes.  For more information, call: 478-7166.

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