20th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair  


May 9, 2015    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Green Valley Park undergoes an amazing transformation on Saturday, May 9, when its sprawling grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and outdoor activities. The public is welcome to attend the free 20th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair. Organizers have been working hard to make this year’s event the biggest and best one yet. 

“You can land a trout, try your hand at archery, paddle a kayak, or get a close-up look at a live hawk… there is something for everyone, “ says Amy Burnett, Arizona Game & Fish’s Information and Education Program Manager. “People come from all over the state for this one-day outdoor event. Who wouldn’t want to be out enjoying the cool mountain air of Payson, at a time of year when the Valley is really heating up?”

In addition to birds of prey, other live animals on display will include rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, bats and even alligators and giant pythons. Fair visitors can test their skills at one of the casting booths, pellet gun and archery ranges or visit booths from a variety of conservation groups, including the Arizona Antelope Foundation, Phoenix Herpetological Society, and Tonto Natural Forest, to name a few.

Green Valley Lake will receive over double its normal stocking of trout in preparation for this event.  For this event, 800 pounds of fish will be released into the lake prior to the fair.  No fishing license is required for fair attendees, and equipment and bait are provided at the free fishing booth at the fair.   

The fair is a cooperative effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, USDA Forest Service, Mogollon Sporting Association, and Payson Parks and Recreation Department. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9 at Green Valley Park in Payson. 

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