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A holiday tradition — the Nickel Picnic

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SAFFORD — A Rotary tradition continued Saturday at Graham County Fairgrounds, giving hungry families the chance to fill up without breaking the bank.

John Archuleta, John Archuleta IV, Kyren Taylor

John Archuleta, left, purchases hot dogs and water for himself, John Archuleta IV, center, and Kyren Taylor at the Safford Rotary Nickel Picnic.

Safford Rotary conducted its annual Nickel Picnic, an event that always takes place on the Saturday closest to the Fourth of July.

Hot dogs are sold for just 5 cents each, plus soda and water were available for an additional cost. Introduced this year were grilled hot dogs for $1 each.

“We sold 1,000 hot dogs last year. I don’t know how many we’ll sell this year, but we have 1,300,” said Safford Rotary Club President Tyson Richins, who added the club had upward of 25 volunteers working throughout the day.

Tyson Richins

Safford Rotary Club President Tyson Richins makes sure there are plenty of hot dogs ready for sale at the Nickel Picnic Saturday at Graham County Fairgrounds.

The Nickel Picnic is one of two major fund-raisers for the club, the other being the annual Safford Rotary Track Meet at Safford High School each spring.

“All the money we raise goes into local scholarships,” Richins said.

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