South County Lanes a cen­ter for fun

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Allen Steele

South County Lanes is Payson’s des­ti­na­tion for fam­ily fun. It was started out of a love for the game of bowl­ing. Bud Mar­rott, the man­ager of South County Lanes since Jan­uary of this year, is the latest to con­tinue man­ag­ing a fam­ily trust and a legacy. His Un­cle El­don founded the bowl­ing al­ley in 2005 in or­der to host bowl­ing leagues for lo­cal res­i­dents. In 2010, Bud’s mother An­nette man­aged the bowl­ing al­ley and tav­ern. Her mother is listed in Le­mon’s Bowl­ing Hall of Fame.

Bud has in­vested in ren­o­va­tions and added new at­trac­tions. Of­fer­ing 16 bowl­ing lanes, laser tag, pool ta­bles, air hockey, clas­sic ar­cade games, skee ball and a re­demp­tion cen­ter to pick a prize, there is some­thing for just about ev­ery­one. Look them up on Face­book to take ad­van­tage of a spe­cial of­fer through Oc­to­ber: one laser tag ses­sion, one bowl­ing game and free shoe rental on Thurs­day nights for $6.

Bowl­ing lanes have 42” dis­plays sport­ing a new scor­ing sys­tem that is easy to read and use. Fun an­i­ma­tions show you which pins fell, hail your suc­cess or con­sole you with a funny reen­act­ment of your last at­tempt. Come join a league or en­joy a Fri­day night “Cos­mic Crush” from 9:15 p.m. to mid­night. The bowl­ing al­ley is trans­formed with mu­sic, sound ef­fects, black lights, laser light­ing and fog for a eerie and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence. Be sure to mark your cal­en­dar on Nov. 28 to at­tend the Ar­row­head Event Mar­ket­ing Tur­key Bowl with free bowl­ing. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., laser tag is half price and Santa Claus will make an ap­pear­ance be­tween 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

As you walk into South County Lanes, you may no­tice a set of doors that look like an en­trance to an Egyp­tian pharaoh’s tomb. Raid an an­cient Egyp­tian ruin with

friends. Se­lect a red or blue vest and get ready to have a blast shoot­ing lasers to fame and glory. Be care­ful though, the ru­ins are full of crum­bling stone walls, stat­ues, flash­ing lights and fog and mum­mies are seen break­ing through walls. Laser light shows move to the sound of mu­si­cal scores. In ad­di­tion, a va­ri­ety of game op­tions are avail­able once you master the ba­sic red vs. blue game. Be sure to ask about game op­tions such as “Vam­pire,” where one player is given the role of vam­pire and ev­ery­one else is a peas­ant. The num­ber of vam­pires in­creases as a peas­ant is hit enough times. The vam­pires win if they con­vert enough peasants, the peasants win if time runs out.

Come and try your skills at the pool ta­ble. The room is lit with lamps hung over the ta­bles with a large se­lec­tion of mu­sic from a juke­box to en­joy while you play. Do you en­joy throw­ing balls? Then head on over to Skee-Ball and win some tick­ets that you can re­deem for a prize.

So much ac­tiv­ity can build up an ap­petite. They have you cov­ered with a snack bar where you can or­der cheese­burg­ers, fries, drinks and other clas­sic fa­vorites. Their french fries are fa­mous. South County Lanes is lo­cated 122 W. 900 North in Payson. Take I-15 exit 250. Let the good times roll!

Photo by Steve Gray

Bud Mar­riott and his staff are ready to go to bat­tle in the laser tag area of South County Lanes. The busi­ness also of­fers bowl­ing lanes and ar­cade games.

Dr. David Nance was hon­ored dur­ing the Septem­ber meet­ing of the Nebo School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for his gen­er­ous ser­vice to Nebo stu­dents through the Kids Cause pro­gram.

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