by Jim Keyworth
roundup staff reporter
Payson's first Main Street's Old Fashioned Festival takes center stage Saturday, and if it lives up to its advance billing, it won't be the last.
The premise behind the new event, scheduled to run from noon to 7 p.m. and conclude with Concert Under the Stars at Green Valley Park, is "to get the townspeople together to have a good time enjoying the kinds of activities that used to bring our community together," Main Street Manager Karen Greenspoon said.
Alternating pie and watermelon eating contests take center stage beginning at 2 p.m., sponsored by Safeway and Wal-Mart respectively. Add sack races and lots of prizes, and the foundation is in place for a fun community event.
The Payson Youth Organization will man a dunk tank all day featuring a host of local notables. For your dunking pleasure, they include Payson Elementary School Principal Roy Sandoval, Rim Country Middle School Principal Frank Larby, Parks Director Bill Schwind, Town Manager Rich Underkofler, KMOG radio personality Ron Gibson, and Payson Police Officer Dave Blalock.
Food vendors will also be on hand, offering such taste-tempting fare as kettle corn, hamburgers and hot dogs, brats and hot pretzels, and cotton candy and snow cones. Craft vendors will be offering turned wooden bowls, candles and soaps, bird houses, tie-dye clothing, toy helicopters and miscellaneous crafts.
Then at 7 p.m., Cody takes the Green Valley Park stage for an evening of soft country rock and nostalgic tunes ranging all the way back to the 1950s. From Cody, Wyo., the band has performed for President George Bush Sr. and at Frank Sinatra's birthday party, and has appeared with such legendary artists as Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Clint Black and Alan Jackson. The food and craft booths will remain open throughout the concert.
For more information, call 468-6074.