Groups Need To Mend Rodeo Fences


It's time for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee to rein in their, "This rodeo's not big enough for the both of us" attitudes.

The fact of the matter is, this town's not big enough for two rodeo committees.

Not two good ones, anyway.

But that's the solution the chamber board is considering in light of its recent decision to end its relationship with the rodeo committee -- a group that has helped the chamber produce the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo for decades.

Members of both groups blame the split on miscommunications during contract negotiations. But it's clear that the problem runs deeper than that.

The heads of both groups are strong-willed community leaders who have vastly different styles and approaches to producing rodeos.

Although they both want the same thing -- to produce a well-respected rodeo that's good for Payson -- they haven't been able to overcome their personal differences to get the job done.

At this point, it probably seems easier to cut off negotiations and leave the personality conflicts, the misunderstandings and the contractual sticking points behind.

But when it comes time for the rodeo committee to replace the $5,000 it earned for scholarships from the chamber and the chamber is scrambling for volunteers to staff the rodeo arena, it may not seem like the best solution after all.

If the rodeo committee and the chamber board are interested in developing the best solution for the community, they'll put personality differences aside and head back to the negotiation table to work out their differences.

Working together as a community to put on the best small rodeo in America should never go out of style.

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