Every August for 57 years now Payson residents enjoy a fire-grilled salmon supper at the Payson Memorial Park while building lasting memories.
“It started out as a ward project,” said Coralee Wilson, event coordinator. “It was started by Bishop Ruland Lindsey as a fundraiser event for the ward.”
Wilson said when the ward stopped the activity, the city took over and has since had the salmon supper every year.
Proceeds for the event, held the first Friday of August, go to improving city parks. The price per plate is $15 and the food includes fire-grilled salmon served with a baked potato, local sweet corn on the cob, salad and dessert. Tickets are sold at the park.
“It is a nice place to spend the evening,” Wilson said. “You meet lots of friends.”
The fire department of Payson sends out volunteers to start the fire for the grilling.
“The volunteers start the fire around noon,” said Jacque Remkes, administrative assistant. “The men do not cook till 2 p.m. and continue cooking till dinner is over.”
Jay Gabbitas, a Payson resident, shared his experience.
“I have lived in Payson since 1974, and ever since I have gone,” Gabbitas said. “Most of the residents are volunteers. They include seniors, Payson employees and others. There is entertainment provided and they are all by volunteers. Older people enjoy the company and the reunion in the family. Many people help the old people to their chairs and theirs is served to them.”
This annual celebration attracts visitors from all over, including many bus groups, not only for the salmon but for the entertainment as well.
Dinner goes from 5-8 p.m.