EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
compiled by Jenny Caster
First Friday on Main Street festivities
Start with dessert for First Friday on Main Street, Friday, Aug. 3 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street. Taste Pastor Proudfoot’s infamous “Black Beast” chocolate-y concoction while listening to music. Shuttle buses will take participants from the church parking lot to other businesses along Main Street. Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main Street, will have artist Susan Palmer on hand to help everyone paint their own watercolor art cards. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main Street, will be celebrating their sixth year in business. Junction 87, Payson’s favorite country rock band, will play for the crowds in front of the store. Rodeo tickets will also be on sale at Bootleg Alley.
Fifth Annual National Night Out Family Fun Day
Payson’s Fifth Annual National Night Out Family Fun Day will be held at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon to 8 p.m. Hosted by the Payson Police Department, the festivities include live music by Junction 87, The Hot Cappuccinos, Landon Schill and Team EXYO. There will be various non-profit groups that will provide information about community services. Highlights of the event will include a police versus fire raft race. For more information, contact Kim Becker at the Payson Police Department: 474-5242 ext. 209 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payson Farmers Market
Visit the Payson Farmers Market this Saturday, August 4 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. For more information, contact Joe and Katie Klein at: (602) 524-0352 or visit the Web site at: www.paysonfarmersmarket.info.
‘A Taste at the Bridge’ at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Friends of the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will present "A Taste at the Bridge," on Saturday, August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. The early evening setting will depict the Tonto Natural Bridge at its finest and will showcase western art by local artists. The festivities will also include wine, light finger food, music, raffles and door prizes. This will be the only fundraiser by the Friends of the Tonto Natural Bridge group. Proceeds will benefit the Tonto Natural Bridge in operations and areas that are not funded by the State of Arizona. Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at: 474-4515.
Ice cream social in Pine for the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological Society
The Pine-Strawberry Archaeological Society will host an ice cream social, concert and dance at the Pine Community Center and Cultural Hall, located off Highway 87 in Pine, on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Raven and the Randall Family Band will provide the musical entertainment. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, contact Marge at: (928) 970-0658.
Tenth Annual Payson Gun and Knife Show at Tonto Apache Gymnasium
Firing Pin Enterprizes, Inc. will host the 10th Annual Payson Gun and Knife Show at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium, 30 Tonto Apache Reservation, across from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call: (928) 485-0437 or visit the Web site at: www.firingpin.com.
Second Annual Mountain Daze Festival in Pine
The 2nd Annual Mountain Daze Festival will be held in Pine at the Pine Community Center on the west side of Highway 87 across from the post office on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include vendors, food, entertainment, antique cars, children’s crafts and games. The Quilt Auction will be held in the Pine Cultural Hall next to this event. For more information, call Sheri Earp at: 476-3655 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Fourth Annual Quilt Auction in Pine
Friends of the Strawberry Patchers present the Fourth Annual Quilt Auction at the Pine Cultural Hall on the west side of Highway 87 in Pine, on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. The auction begins at 1 p.m. Free admission. Bring a non-perishable food item to enter a quilt drawing. For additional information, call Elaine at: (928) 978-3464 or visit the Web site at: www.strawberrypatchers.com.
Cowboy dinner at Rumsey Park to kick off Rodeo Week
There will be a cowboy dinner at Rumsey Park to kick off Rodeo Week. Hosted by the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the dinner will be held at Ramada 5, 400 N. McLane Road, on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. The menu includes barbecued beef and pork, pasta salad, cowboy beans, desserts and soda. Rope a steer, storyteller and antique tractor display will be included in the festivities. All proceeds will benefit local charities. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for those under age 3. Tickets can be purchased at the event or may be purchased in advance at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce on the northwest corner of the Beeline Highway and Main Street. The fundraiser will benefit the ministries of the Women of St. Paul’s. For more information, contact Nancy at: 474-2336 or Ann at: 472-2386.
August Doin’s: 128th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo
The 128th Annual August Doin’s Rodeo, presented by the Payson 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: http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/Activities/Rodeos/AugustDoinsRodeo/PaysonRodeoTickets.aspx.
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: www.suncountryiris.com. 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.