A busy Saturday in the Gila Valley

Zeek Kerby, 4, of Safford puts the finishing touches on his "Nightmare before Christmas" pumpkin at the 2017 Harvest Festival. - Gila Valley Central Photo

SAFFORD —Gila Valley residents have plenty of events to choose from this Saturday.

Things begin with the Safford Lions Club’s Mental Health Awareness 5k and 10k at Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus.

The 10k starts at 8 a.m. and the 5k at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30 per person and all proceeds will be distributed to mental health service providers.

The 21st annual Harvest Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn in front of Safford City Hall.

The free event offers costume contests with prizes for kids and teens, pumpkin carving contests, stick horse and sack races, pumpkin bowling, face painting and more. Children can also receive a map to trick-or-treat the event and the businesses in Downtown Safford.

At 5 p.m., the Safford City Hall lawn will be turned over to the adults, for an Oktoberfest cornhole tournament.

The Oktoberfest, which features the Budweiser beer garden and a costume contest for adults with a $600 prize, is a fund-raiser for the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties.

Multi Vendor Events and More will host a Fall Festival, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at New Life City Church.

In addition to vendors, the event will feature children’s activities, games and food, plus a kids’ costume contest at 4 p.m. and trunk-or-treating starting at 5 p.m.

VFW Auxiliary and Valley Wide Venders Plus is hosting a vendor event, plus dinner and dance at the VFW Hall in Thatcher.

Costume contests for children and adults will begin at 2 p.m., dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the dance will take place from 6-10 p.m. Dinner is $10 per plate and the dance is $5 per person or $8 for a couple.

For those who like their entertainment to be a little faster paced, Flying E Arena will host a 4D Barrel Racing event starting at 6 p.m.