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Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Syd­ney Young

This year the Payson Scot­tish Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 30th an­nual Fes­ti­val. The As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tu­ally or­ga­nized 31 years ago in prepa­ra­tion for their first Fes­ti­val which took place in 1984 in con­junc­tion with the Payson Onion Days. Ad­mis­sion has al­ways been free.

The ven­dors ar­rive dur­ing the day Fri­day and pre­pare to be open for busi­ness at the start of the Fes­ti­val Fri­day evening when the fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin. The first event is the Fri­day night Ceilidh (kay-lee), July 11 from 6:30-9:30 pm, at the Band­stand in the Payson City Park. Per­form­ers and dancers share their tal­ents and re­gale the crowd with Scot­tish mu­sic, song, sto­ries and dance.

Satur­day, July 12 at 9 am, events be­gin with a pa­rade up Main Street. Open­ing Cer­e­monies, of­ten called Massed Bands, take place on Main Street on the west side of the park as the pa­rade com­pletes its march. This year, dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies the Payson Scot­tish Fes­ti­val Chief­tain’s staff will pass from our pre­vi­ous chief­tain, Mike Find­lay, to Bob Gal­limore who will serve as the Chief­tain for the next two years.

All day Satur­day there are many events to en­joy. One can pe­ruse the ven­dor’s booths where all things Scot­tish and Celtic can be found. The folks tend­ing the clan booths are happy to share their knowl­edge about their clan and its his­tory. There are additional band­stand per­for­mances to en­joy. From morn­ing to evening the sound of the pipes wafts through the park as the pipers and bands prac­tice and com­pete. Oc­ca­sion­ally you will hear a mighty roar from the ath­letic field as an ath­lete makes an im­pres­sive toss or throw. In the big top tent, the tar­tan is fly­ing as bon­nie lassies and lad­dies com­pete in the High­land Dance com­pe­ti­tion. Hunger and thirst can be sat­is­fied at the var­i­ous food booths most of whom sell fa­mil­iar food and drink. If you care to try some­thing new and dif­fer­ent, there are a few food ven­dors who sell Scot­tish del­i­ca­cies such as Scot­tish Eggs, Hag­gis and Fish & Chips.

The day ends at 5pm with clos­ing cer­e­monies on the ath­letic field. The bands play as they march onto the field then stand at at­ten­tion as the win­ners of the var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions are an­nounced and ap­plauded. A lone piper plays Amaz­ing Grace as the Flow­ers of the For­est list of names is read. (Flow­ers of the For­est are folks who have re­cently passed on.) The bands play as they march off the field leav­ing you filled with mem­o­ries and a hunger for the next year’s Fes­ti­val.

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A band prac­tices at the 2013 Payson Scot­tish Fes­ti­val as many people en­joy the sounds and ac­tiv­i­ties nearby.

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