April 17, 2024

PAYSON, Ariz. — Whether it’s catching a rainbow trout, taking aim with a bow and arrow, or getting up close and personal with live critters, the family-friendly Payson Wildlife Fair will be offering a variety of outdoor fun Saturday, May 4, at Green Valley Park.

The annual event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a cooperative effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), U.S. Forest Service, and the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department. Admission is free. 

The fair will feature live wildlife on display, booths from several local and state organizations, an archery range, and prizes for the kids, such as fishing rods and lures. A visit from Smokey Bear also is planned. 

Green Valley Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout in advance of the fair. A fishing license is not required for fair attendees, and bait and loaner fishing rods will be provided. The Mogollon Sporting Association also will be offering a variety of fishing incentives.   

The fair celebrates Arizona’s great outdoors and emphasizes the importance of conserving the state’s diverse wildlife species. AZGFD staff members will be on hand to share and discuss the department’s various programs, as well as provide some hands-on activities for fair attendees. 

“People come from all over the state for this one-day outdoor event,” said Jarrod McFarlin, AZGFD field supervisor in Payson. “It’s a great day up in the cool, mountain air of Payson at a time when the Valley is just starting to heat up.”

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