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Sep 06, 2019 08:07PM

The Salmon Supper, as it was initially known, was started in 1954 by the Payson LDS Park Ward as a fundraiser social activity.

The Lindsay, Tanner, Christensen, Oborn, Williams, Rosenbaum, Broadbent, Beckstrom, Page, Ellsworth, Loveless, Montague, Hansen and many other families were involved.

Fresh salmon was brought in and grilled over applewood at the Payson Memorial Park. Generous portions of salmon, along with rolls, sweet treats and corn were served while entertainment like Monte Taylor's Dixie Land Band Played.

About 30 years later, the LDS Church changed its fundraising policy and was going to discontinue the event. The Payson City Council stepped up to the "plate" and converted it to the Payson Salmon Supper. The excess funds generated were assigned to civic projects, such as the new pavilion designed by Blair Andreason. City workers were all involved. The fire department grilled the Salmon. The Browns cooked the corn. The police and ambulance provided security. The high school athletes and cheer squad helped with set up and serving. Dozen of volunteers served and assisted.

Steady attendance growth has continued each year and now more than 5,000 were fed with fishes and provided extraordinary entertainment. Janeen Dean went high tech this year with online ticket sales and scheduled serving which reduced the quarter-mile line to a fraction. The Payson Salmon Supper is held the first Friday in August each year. (Serve Daily submission by Don Dixon.)