09252017

Payson celebrates 88 years with Golden Onion Days

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Miss Payson Royalty participate in the American Freedom Festival Parade in Provo, Utah on July 4, 2017. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Payson is getting ready to celebrate its 88th anniversary with Golden Onion Days.

Janeen Dean, community and cultural events coordinator, said the greatest part of the city celebration has been how long it’s been around. L.D. Stewart, an old mayor of Payson, created the city celebration.

“The very best part about Golden Onion Days is how many years it’s been around,” Dean said. “It is our 88th year running, and although a lot has changed, we still draw a big crowd to our events.”

One of the biggest attractions for the celebration is the City of Fun Carnival. This event draws the largest crowd and runs all weekend long, according to Dean.

Other popular events include their free concert that attracts over five thousand people, the community theater performance of “The Addams Family” and their flower and art show.

“The park is also laid out in a great way, which allows us to host a lot of vendors. This year we have almost 100 vendors coming to the park. They will be there all weekend long like the carnival.” — Janeen Dean, Payson community and cultural events coordinator

The flower and art show is Payson’s longest running event. It is on its 62nd year and is always popular.

Then, of course, there is the onions. Each year, community members can pick up seedlings in the spring, grow the onions all season and enter them into the Biggest Onion Contest. Winners will be chosen according to the size of their onion.

When deciding on the biggest onion is over, people usually flock to the park. Dean said what makes a lot of the events special is their Memorial Park where many of the events are held.

“Our park is so beautiful. It is just a wonderful place to be,” Dean said. “The park is also laid out in a great way, which allows us to host a lot of vendors. This year we have almost 100 vendors coming to the park. They will be there all weekend long like the carnival.”

To learn more about the events happening this weekend, click here and check out the full list of events below.

Events:

Thursday, August 31

  • Concert in the Park – Peteetneet Amphitheater at 6 p.m.
  • “Addams Family” – Payson High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1

  • Basketball Tournament – Payson Junior High School Tennis Courts at 4 p.m.
  • City of Fun Carnival – Memorial Park from 4-11 p.m.
  • Baby Contest  – Memorial Park at 6 p.m.
  • The Hypno Hick – Memorial Park at 6:15 p.m.
  • “Addams Family” – Payson High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks Pre-Show – Payson High School at 8:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks – Payson High School at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2 

  • Bill Pike Memorial Men’s Softball Tournament – Payson Recreation Center 8 a.m.
  • Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast – Memorial Park at 8 a.m.
  • Firefighter’s Open House – Fire Station from 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Children’s Parade – North Side of Park View Elementary at 9 a.m.
  • Basketball Tournament – Payson Junior High School Tennis Courts at 9:30 a.m.
  • Hitman Monster Truck Rides – Field South of Aquatic Center 10 a.m.- Dusk
  • Children’s Talent Showcase – Memorial Park from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • City of Fun Carnival – Memorial Park from 12-11 p.m.
  • Golden Onion & Dutch Oven Cook-offs – Payson Aquatics Center Pavilion at 12 p.m.
  • Jerry Hardman “The One Man Band” – Memorial Park from 1-2 p.m.
  • Teen and Adult Talent Show – Memorial Park from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • “Addams Family” – Payson High School Auditorium at 3 p.m.
  • Soap Box Derby – 100 S. 500 E. at 3 p.m.
  • “All Hope Contained” – Memorial Park at 5 p.m.
  • “Addams Family” – Payson High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
  • Western Dancing – Memorial Park Tennis Courts 8-10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 3

  • Joe Coffee & Espresso Bar Open Mic –Joe Coffee & Espresso Bar from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Flower and Art Show/ Biggest Onion: Public Viewing – Peteetneet Museum from 2–6 p.m.
  • City of Fun Carnival – Memorial Park from 4-10 p.m.
  • Fireside with Gil Bertelson – LDS Stake Center on 600 East at 6:30 p.m.
  • Payson Band Concert – Memorial Park at 8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 4

  • 5K and 10K Races – Payson City Center at 7 a.m.
  • Chorale Breakfast – Memorial Park from  7-9 a.m.
  • Flag Raising Ceremony – Memorial Park at 8 a.m.
  • Grand Parade – Main Street at 10 a.m.
  • Hitman Monster Truck Rides –Field South of Aquatic Center 8 a.m.- Dusk
  • City of Fun Carnival – Memorial Park from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Golden Onion Days Car Show – 12 p.m.
  • Flower and Art Show/ Biggest Onion: Public Viewing – Peteetneet Museum from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Payson Band Concert – Memorial Park at 12:30 p.m.
  • Family Onion Fun Children’s Carnival – Peteetneet Museum from 1-3 p.m.
  • Payson’s Biggest Onion Awards – Peteetneet Museum at 1:30 p.m.
  • Entertainment in the Park – Memorial Park 12:30-6:30 p.m.
  • “Addams Family” – Payson High School Auditorium at 3 p.m.
  • Badminton Tournament – 7:30-10 p.m.
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