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Payson Wildlife Fair to offer outdoor fun May 14

Posted May 9, 2022

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Payson’s Green Valley Park  


PAYSON, Ariz. — Whether it’s catching a rainbow trout, paddling around in a canoe, or touching a live snake, the 26th annual Payson Wildlife Fair will offer all kinds of fun outdoor activities Saturday (May 14) at Green Valley Park.

The free, family-friendly event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be booths from several local and state organizations, hands-on activities, an archery range, and prizes for the kids such as fishing rods and lures. 

Birds of prey also will be on display, as well as snakes, Gila monsters, tortoises and other wildlife. The fair celebrates Arizona’s great outdoors and our state’s diverse wildlife. 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s aquatic specialists will conduct a free fishing activity at Green Valley Lake as part of the fair. A fishing license is not required for fair attendees, and bait and loaner fishing rods will be provided.    

The Payson Wildlife Fair is a cooperative effort between the department, USDA Forest Service, and the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department.