Payson’S Electric Light Parade Is Tomorrow Night


This Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. sharp, Payson’s ninth annual Electric Light Parade will be stepping-off, working its way down Main Street, from the Sawmill Theatres to Julia Randall Elementary School.

The CAP Color Guard will lead off the parade, followed by more than 40 entries — all decked in holiday lighting.

This year’s electric extravaganza will include Miss Tonto Apache 2009, the Payson High School marching band, horses and llamas.

And, of course, ending the parade, riding in a horse-drawn carriage and donning his bright red Christmas suit, will be none other than Santa Claus.

Many of the stores and establishments along Main Street will be open during the parade, selling hot chocolate, popcorn and lemonade.

Four of us announcers will be spaced along the way to entertain and bring you the scoop on each parade entry. (I’ll be parked in front of The Gun Shop.)

And maybe, just maybe, if we’re really lucky, there may be some validity to the rumor that the 1970s-80s rock band, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), will play at the lighting of Payson’s official Christmas tree at Green Valley Park immediately following the parade.

Speaking of the Electric Light Orchestra, let’s get to this week’s music trivia question.

The Electric Light Orchestra was originally formed in Birmingham, England in 1970. This symphonic rock band had many personnel changes over its years together, from a group size of eight in 1971 to just three in 1986.

ELO produced 13 albums that sold over 100 million copies worldwide. From 1972 to 1986, the group charted 27 hits on the U.S. Billboard charts. Seven of their singles reached the Top 10, including “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” (1975), “Telephone Line” (1977) and “Shine A Little Love” (1979).

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the title of the Electric Light Orchestra’s top hit, which peaked at No. 4 in 1979?

Was it A) Don’t Bring Me Down, B) Don’t Bring Me Up, C) Don’t Bring Me Sideways or D) Don’t Bring Me To Gisela Ever Again?

Be caller number three and have the right answer and you’ll win a $30 gift certificate for a haircut and style at the Shear Oasis Salon, in the Swiss Village, courtesy of Amanda Ruff, cosmetologist.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: What was the name of Elvis’ debut movie, in which the song, “Love Me Tender” appeared? Was it A) “Loving You,” B) “Blue Hawaii,” C) “Love Me Tender” or D) “Elvis Has Left The Building”?

The correct answer was “Love Me Tender.”

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time trivia winner, Alyce Leach, who won a $10 gift certificate to Gerardo’s Restaurant, where the food and service are just out of this world.

A little about Alyce: She was born and raised in the San Diego area of California. She met her husband, Greg, while she was working in the cash register business.

One fine day, some 20 odd-years ago; Greg, a car salesman at the time, was out cold calling and came into Alyce’s employment, attempting to sell her a vehicle.

Not needing a car at that time, Alyce politely bid Greg adieu.

But that cold-call was not the last Alyce would hear from Greg. Several times a year, for the next couple of years, he mailed her his business card and sales pitch.

Greg’s two years of persistency paid off for him. When he once again made a personal sales visit to Alyce, this time he came away with a signed sales contract — and she was the owner of a brand new car.

But apparently Greg’s business with Alyce wasn’t finished yet. No sooner had the ink dried on the sales contract, and he was asking Alyce to join him that night, New Year’s Eve, for dinner and dancing.

Alyce says that the two of them spent a lovely dinner-dancing date at the Quail’s Inn in San Marcos and have been together ever since.

Sixteen years ago the lovebirds moved to Payson and are enjoying the slower lifestyle that the Rim Country has to offer.

Alyce’s interests are hiking, dancing and quilting. She is a member of the Shoofly Quilters and teaches quilting classes. She also volunteers her time during tax season as an AARP tax aide.

Country music of the ’80s and ’90s are Alyce’s favorite and she enjoys listening to Brooks & Dunn, George Strait and Alan Jackson.

See you at the parade!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

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