As a 15-year Payson area resident, I want to express my sincerest appreciation to all the event planners, committee members, sponsors and volunteers who brought the recent Thunder Mountain Ride to our community.
I attended the festivities on Saturday afternoon and evening and was overwhelmed with a genuine sense of pride as I watched and listened to the crowd indulge in our perfect October weather, marvel at our lush Green Valley Park and admire our spectacular mountain scenery.
The event was peaceful, entertaining and well organized.
As I mingled through the masses of mostly strangers to me, I felt safe and relaxed.
I hope that our local merchants were able to benefit from the thousands of weekend visitors that came through our town and I look forward to seeing the event return again and again.
To all those hard-working people who made it happen, what a clever way to showcase our town and boost our local economy. It was clearly a huge undertaking and it was executed beautifully.