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Payson Golden Onion Days Adding Four New Events

Aug 12, 2019 04:25PM ● By Arianne Brown

The 2019 Payson Golden Onion Days on Aug. 9-Sept. 2 will have four new events this year that event director, Janeen Dean says will be great for the community. There’s a night golf tournament, skateboarding competition, pickleball tournament, and a duck race.

The pickleball tournament is going to be at 11:00 a.m. on Aug. 31 and will be on the new pickleball courts at Memorial Park. Dean said that the city understands that this is a fairly new sport to many, which is why on August 1 at 6:00 p.m., a clinic will be held along with the ribbon-cutting event. The city hopes that the clinic and tournament will allow residents to learn a new sport and that the new courts will be a good resource to the community.

The Great Peteetneet Duck Race will be held at 4:00 p.m. on September 2 at Memorial Park, and will serve as a fundraiser for the historic Peteetneet Museum. According to museum volunteer, Doug Huff, the museum relies solely on private donations, city funding, and fundraisers.

The duck race will serve as an official fundraiser for the museum. 

Residents can purchase ducks at the museum for $5 each, with the sixth duck free. The ducks will be numbered and registered at the museum and put inside a plastic container to be kept safe until the day of the race. When the race starts, the ducks will be released down the creek that runs through the park. The owners of the first four ducks to cross the finish line will be able to pick from four prizes donated by local companies.

“It is fundraisers like these that help keep the building up and running, and the museum open for the public,” Huff said. “The Peteetneet Museum is a great resource for the community because it represents the history of the city. It lets people know what schools used to look like a long time ago, and it showcases a lot of history for people to see. It is a great building we hope to preserve for a long time.”

For more information on these events and all the other happening during Golden Onion Days, go to  (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)