Something has been happening this week that has the power to transport us back to the very birth of the Old West, Arizona and Payson herself. A tradition is being carried on right before our eyes. But for some, the tradition is carried right on by, and they miss experiencing its enchantment.
Steaks have sizzled. Cowboys and saloon girls have walked the streets searching for those not dressed in western apparel. Chamber staff members and volunteers have worked diligently with Pro Rodeo Committee volunteers and hundreds of local business owners and citizens to uphold this rodeo tradition.
It's called Payson's August Doin's, and it is alive and well. Our town has a heritage we can be proud of and be a part of. If you have been watching all the rodeo activities from the sidelines, it's time you jumped on the chuck wagon.
It's not too late to capture the flavor of Payson's August Doin's. Put on your cowboy hat this weekend. Even if you're just going to the store or taking a walk at the park -- be a part of something fun and exciting. Put on your boots and head for the rodeo. You can catch rodeo action at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday), Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
You'll see cowboys, clowns, barrel racing, bull riders, mutton bustin', bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, a special buffalo performance and even stick horses with some of our youngest cowboys and cowgirls offering us a smile and a memory.
Saturday's rodeo parade offers a whole bunch of additional characters -- marching bands, floats, wild women of the west, Shriners -- it's a sure-fire two-hours plus of fun that starts rolling down the North Beeline at 9 a.m.
Don't let the tradition ride by without jumping on. Call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at 474-4515 for tickets and information. Tickets are also available at the gate. We'll see you at the Payson Rodeo Grounds this weekend.