A new festival is planned for Main Street in September.

The Main Street Merchants Guild wants to host Main Street Days, an event that will include booths lined up along the street where businesses, artists, musicians and food vendors can sell. There will be a host of attractions including face painting and raffles.

“We want to communicate that Main Street is important to the whole community so we want to include everyone.” said Minette Hart, president of the Main Street Merchants Guild.

Everyone from large businesses and services to hobbyists is welcome, she said. If people want to have a booth to display their collectibles, that’s OK too.

“Not everything needs to be for sale,” said Hart.

As soon as the group receives approval from the Payson Town Council, they will begin recruiting participants.

A ribbon cutting for the relaunch of the Sawmill Whistle will be included in the event. The whistle was originally set to sound last Thanksgiving.

Hart hopes the event will stretch from Sawmill to Green Valley Park.

Food vendors will be placed throughout the event instead of grouped in a food court so people can enjoy refreshments as they move through the booths.

Local musicians are invited to play throughout the day.

“It doesn’t have to only be a band,” said Hart. “It can be individual musicians, just so music flows down the street to create a good atmosphere.”

Hart also hopes local theater groups and historical re-enactors will participate in the event to add an historical flair and education.

The guild is organizing the event but it will need community involvement to make it happen, she said.

For more information or to help, contact her at art.minette@gmail.com.

Minette believes the last time a Main Street festival like this was held was in the late ’80s.

The guild meeting is currently held at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, Payson, the first Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m.

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