Payson Scot­tish Fes­ti­val pro­vides fun for com­mu­nity

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Shauna Phelps

This year the Payson Scot­tish Fes­ti­val cel­e­brated its 31st year as an or­ga­nized non-profit cor­po­ra­tion. PSFA was or­ga­nized un­der the di­rec­tion of Don Lank­ford as the first Chair­man in 1983 in prepa­ra­tion for their first games in Au­gust 1984 which were held in con­nec­tion with Payson’s Onion Days with the help of He­len Scott who later be­came the Chair­man from 1986 to 2000. The fes­ti­val has been bring­ing fun and entertainment to Payson and Utah County res­i­dents since its in­cep­tion.

The event be­gan this year on Fri­day evening, July 11th with entertainment in the park from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. The fea­tured per­form­ing artists this year was Men of Worth, giv­ing per­for­mances on both Fri­day and Satur­day.

There was an early morn­ing 5K run be­fore the main event be­gan at 9 am on Satur­day. The com­pe­ti­tions be­gan af­ter a pa­rade on Main Street where the Chief­tain of the past two years, Mike Find­lay, passed his du­ties on to the new Chief­tain, Bob Gal­limore, who then of­fi­cially opened the games. Dancers, pipes and bands, and ath­letes com­peted through­out the day, pleas­ing the crowds who watched the events un­fold.

There were a num­ber of new mer­chant ven­dors and clan booths that joined us this year. The clans of­fered his­tory and ge­nealog­i­cal ex­per­tise for those in­ter­ested. The food ven­dors kept the crowd fed and hy­drated with en­tic­ing vict­uals.

The event ended af­ter all the com­pe­ti­tions were fi­nal on the Ath­letic Field at 5pm. Af­ter the Flow­ers of the For­est (folks who have re­cently passed on) were read, the bands played Flower of Scot­land and Amaz­ing Grace. The win­ners of the Pipes and Bands com­pe­ti­tions were an­nounced. The bands played a fi­nal num­ber and the games ended.

Every­one was tired and sat­is­fied from a fun-filled day of all things Scot­tish. Join us next year on July 10 & 11, 2015 for the best fam­ily fun around.

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