Paradise Trout & Berry Days a valley tradition for over a quarter of a century

This weekend the focus is on Bear Lake and Raspberry Days, but that berry theme continues later this month with the annual Paradise Trout and Berry Days. Ryan Obray was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program on Monday. He said events kick-off Saturday, August 19th.

“The first event would be the trap shoot at 10 a.m. on Saturday, always a good time. We have a good turnout, and have a great time up there together,” said Obray.

“And then this year we’re excited, the Paradise Lions Club has sponsored a concert in the park with Ernie Sites coming to be the entertainment. So that will kick-off Monday night at 7:30 there in the park.

“We’re excited to have him come and support Trout & Berry Days with us this year and be there. Should be a great concert.”

There’s also a golf tournament on Thursday, August 24th at Sherwood Hills, which is about the only activity to take place outside of Paradise. A Horseshoe Tournament will happen the next night on August 25th.

Then the big day is Saturday, August 26th with breakfast that morning at the Fire Station, booths, a parade at 10:30 a.m., the Trout Scramble, a pie eating contest, community auction, mud volleyball and then the marquee Trout Dinner from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“(We’ll) also have berry tarts there, obviously. But if you haven’t had trout from Whites Trout Farm it’s a one-of-a-kind type of trout. So those that come out to the dinner understand what we’re talking about.

“We get a lot of people out every year for that trout dinner. We’ve got entertainment going during the dinner and a very reasonable price for what you get.”

Obray said the celebration got it’s start in about 1991 and has been going strong ever since. Donations will benefit the Paradise Park and Paradise First Responders.

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