The annual Golden Onion Days, billed as Utah's largest Labor Day celebration, is poised for a five-day run.

The events begin on Thursday, Sept. 3, and culminate on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.Highlights include the 30th anniversary play of the Payson Community Theater, "Forever Plaid" on Sept. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. with matinees Sept. 5 and 7 at 4 p.m. All performances are at the Payson High auditorium, 1050 S. Main. Tickets are $5 each, $4 for senior citizens and $25 for a family of six. For more information call Click Ball at 465-9787.

Art and flower shows at the Payson City Center and a boutique in the park are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 6, and Monday, Sept. 7.

The Grand Parade will be held Monday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. The theme is "Payson: City of Opportunity." The grand marshall is Elizabeth Huish.

Daily events include food booths with traditional and ethnic food and a carnival at the Payson City Park from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., except Friday, when it begins at 5 p.m. Peteetneet Academy Exhibits are open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday. A sidewalk sale runs Thurs-day through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday at 9 p.m. at the Payson Race Track, 900 S. Main.

Onion Days will end with a demolition derby in the Payson 4-H Cockleburr Arena, 750 S. Main, on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Other events include:

Saturday, Sept. 5

- Golf tournament at the Glandstan Golf Course. For tee times contact Jack Lomento, 465-2549.

- Firefighters open house, 10 a.m. to noon, Payson City Fire Station.

- Children's parade, 10 a.m., begins at 50 E. 300 South and proceeds north down Main Street to Utah Avenue, then east to the Southgate parking lot.

- Children's Fair, 10:30 a.m. in the southwest corner of the city park.

- Youth talent show, 10:30 a.m. at the bandstand in the city park.

- Coin dive at the swimming pool, noon, ages 0-4 in the baby pool and ages 5-12 in the main pool. Free admission. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

- Firefighters' water polo, noon, Main between 200 and 300 South. Teams of five may participate.

- Dutch onion cookoff, 12:30 p.m., at the Payson Park bowery, 250 S. Main.

- Free swimming, 1 to 4 p.m., Payson City Pool.

- Horse races, 1 p.m., Cockleburr Arena.

- Cowboy poetry, 8 p.m. at the Peteetneet Academy stage. Free admission.

Sunday, Sept. 6:

- Fireside, 6:30 p.m., Mountainview Stake Center. Speaker is Gail Halvorson, World War II candy bomber.

- Band concert, 8 p.m., at park bandstand.

Monday, Sept. 7:

- Early bird breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m., $3.50 per person, Payson City Park bowery.

- 5K and 10K races, 7 a.m. at the city park near swimming pool. Registration is $10 or $12 the morning of the race.

- Radio controlled car races, 11 a.m. to dusk, southwest corner of race track, 750 S. Main.

- Band concert, noon, park bandstand.

- Entertainment in the park, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., all ages may participate. Call Janet Lunt for information, 465-0563. No participation or admission fee.

For more information, access the Onion Days Web site at (www.onion-days.sgtec.com).