One of my favorite weekend events is taking place tomorrow, this Saturday, at Green Valley Park.
The eighth annual Payson Optimist Club-sponsored Kids Fishing Festival will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The lake’s shores will be lined with moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas and a whole slew of wide-eyed, beaming-with-excitement youngsters. With each cast, all will be hoping to land that prize rainbow trout that is lurking below the water’s surface.
It’s a very special event in the park — one that you only need to show up to have a great time. For the Saturday festival only, no fishing license for anyone is required and; if you don’t have your own, fishing poles and bait will be provided by Game & Fish.
Along with the very seasonable weather that is predicted for this weekend, Fred the DJ will be spinning great music; the Payson Rotary Club Foundation will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs; and Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso will be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, all children who register to fish will receive a free Frisbee, courtesy of Northern Energy.
And as always, the Optimist Club will concurrently hold its popular silent auction, which this year includes a fishing trip, two sets of four Diamondbacks tickets (seats behind the dugout), certificates for restaurants, fun things to do, places to go, many fishing items and much more.
Now in its eighth year, the fishing festival has really become a family tradition for many Payson families.
This week’s question
Can you name the country music artist who sang the 1979 hit “Family Tradition”?
The son of a famous late 1940s, early 1950s country singer, this artist was born in Shreveport, La. in 1949.
Less than four years later, his father died, leaving behind a huge legacy. When the young son was 8 years old, his mother decided to push him into the spotlight, positioning him as the rightful heir to his father’s legacy. He would sing his father’s biggest hits on package tours and by the time he was 11, he had made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
At 13, he recorded his father’s “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” as his debut single. The record was a hit upon its early-1964 release, climbing to No. 5.
After moderate success in the late 1960s, this artist earned his first No. 1 single in 1970 with “All for the Love of Sunshine.” He followed that up with his second chart-topper in 1972 with “Eleven Roses.”
In the 1980s, he was one of the most popular, and controversial, figures in country music, appealing primarily to young and rowdy crowds with his hell-raising anthems and jingoistic ballads.
Though he had established his own distinctive style, he continued to name-check and pay tribute to his father. These salutes became as much a part of his act as his redneck rockers. Both the wild music and the party-ready atmosphere of his concerts made him an immensely popular musician and helped him crossover into the rock ’n’ roll audience.
During the 1980s, he had No. 1 hits with “Texas Women,” “Dixie on My Mind,” and “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” among others. He won several awards, including back-to-back Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year in 1987 and 1988.
Is this “Family Tradition” country music artist A) Eddie Rabbitt, B) T.G. Sheppard; C) Hank Williams Jr., or D) Razzy Bailey?
If you’re caller number six and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your choice of artist or music genre. Good luck!
Last week’s question
That week’s question asked if you could name the artist who scored a No. 1 hit with the song “Peg O’ My Heart,” from the Broadway musical “Ziegfield Follies” of 1913. The choices were A) Buddy Clark, B) The Harmonicats, C) The Three Suns, and D) Johnny Mercer.
If you had chosen any of the first three choices, you would have been correct, as each artist’s version of the highly popular song reached the top of the chart that year. The trend-setting harmonica group, the Harmonicats’ and the instrumental (guitar, accordion, organ) trio The Three Suns’ versions spent eight and four weeks, respectively, at No. 1. Buddy Clark’s vocal version of the song remained atop the chart for six weeks.
Johnny Mercer, lyricist for more popular songs than any other songwriter in history, may be best known for his vocal release of the 1945 hit song “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe.”
Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Tony Salvaggio.
Tony was born and raised on a farm in the small town of Hearne, Texas and graduated from Steven F. Austin High School in 1949. After a four-year stint in the Navy and graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in finance, he began a 40-year career with the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. He and his wife, Kathy, a retired school teacher, have been married for 27 years and have lived in Payson for the past 14.
In his retirement, Tony enjoys golfing, dancing, flying model airplanes and volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. He is a fan of country, big band, Broadway and classical music and his three favorite artists are Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Peggy Lee.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig – (928) 468-1482 – www.djcraiginpayson.com