Town's July 4th Activities Could Not Be Dampened


A little monsoon rain did not keep families, tourists or business owners from enjoying the Fourth of July holiday festivities.

"We're a tough town," said longtime Payson resident Katherine "KK" Bennett. "We can handle a little rain."


Don't worry Brett Favre, your records are safe, Cortney Sweet (above) is just playing around with some friends at Green Valley Park during the Fourth of July festivities.

Up and down Main Street, this sentiment was evident as people enjoyed the holiday despite the drizzle. Visitors strolled, bands played and hot dogs were gobbled.

Bennett, who has been attending the fireworks show for 20 years, merrily watched all of the activity from a park bench.

"I am just enjoying the people and fireworks," she said.

Another person watching the activity from the street was Rick Nelson along with his family.

"I have family here today from Glendale, Peoria, Texas and Los Angeles," he said.

Nelson, who owns Canyon Country Log Homes, Inc., said so much of his family comes out for this show because every year it is wonderful.

"My expectations for the fireworks show are high," he said.

Ken and Brenda Mooney, owners of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, said they had a steady stream of visitors all day despite the rain that started around 5:30 p.m.

"It has been fantastic," Brenda Mooney said. The only downfall was "we had to kill the band early because of the rain."

Brenda mused that every time the rain let up, there was a line of cars heading to the park. Then when it started up again, the cars began leaving.

Phoenix musician Norm Pratt said his band, Meighan Pratt and Furlow, had been playing outside Main Street Mercantile, but stopped shortly after it began raining.

"It was pretty slow," he said of the crowds.

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