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Remembering their roots: Payson Onion Days promises layers of fun

July 29, 2018

Payson’s Onion Days strives to stick to its roots. This traditional view brings back a simpler time every year during the turning of the season, as summer draws to a close and fall begins.

Taking place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, this festival’s throwback features include a football game, fireworks, a soap box derby and much more.

The weekend’s events kick off on Aug. 30 with a concert sponsored by the Mountain View Hospital in the Peteetneet Amphitheater. This year will feature the group “The Frontmen of Country.”

“It’s wonderful,” said Karl Teemant, the recreation director of Payson. “We have several thousand people show up. It’s a wonderful family event to kick off the celebration.”

Another staple event is the community play, which is presenting “Mary Poppins.”

“They do a great job every year, they’re just wonderful. You can pick your day that you want to go,” Teemant said.

Friday night will see some town spirit as the Payson High School football team faces off against Emery High School, with a fireworks show to follow the game.

On Labor Day itself, the 5K and 10K races take place.

“It’s a family-oriented race,” Teemant said. “We have families that come back every year for family reunions that might have 30 people running from the same family.”

More family fun is found at the children’s carnival, which features a petting zoo, many different carnival activities that are free for children, and a slip ’n slide.

Incorporating the namesake of the city’s summer event, Onion Days also has a biggest onion contest.

“People get to grow onions and bring them in and they’re judged,” explained Teemant. “There [are] some prizes, it keeps the heritage of Onion Days alive.”

Finishing out the week on Monday is the Grand Parade, an event which is the fruition of many months of planning. Per Payson Onion Days tradition, the parade’s Grand Marshal is kept secret in the months leading up to the festival and revealed at the Salmon Dinner that occurs the first Friday in August.

In order to be one of the first to learn the identity of the person who will be honored this year, tickets are now available on the city website for the big night on Aug. 3.

“We just want the people of Payson to unite and come together and enjoy the festivities, celebrating the heritage of our city,” Teemant said. “It’s a good way to remember your roots.”

For more information on this year’s events, visit the Onion Days website at http://paysonutah.org/events/golden-onion-days.

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