A Rodeo Field Full Of Dreams And Traditions


In Kevin Costner's famous movie, Field of Dreams, a man built a baseball park in the middle of his corn field. And while some neighbors and townsfolk criticized and ridiculed the project, he pressed on. A voice kept telling him, If you build it, they will come. The ball field turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to the town and the family who supported the dream.

This weekend, the new Payson Rodeo Arena will come to life as it hosts the Annual Gary Hardt Memorial PRCA Spring Rodeo.

The Rodeo Arena, or Payson Multi-Event Center, was built by individuals and a community with a dream. And while the process of building the arena has evolved, the vision has always remained the same -- to build an arena that could valiantly carry on the traditions of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo with room to host other popular events.

The new arena has better parking, a beautiful view of the Mazatzal mountains, easy access, and excellent rodeo ground conditions. It's a deep arena with a good mix of sawdust, sand and soil made from the dirt which was relocated from the old arena. There are still plans to improve the project, but it's been built and now we can come.

We can come to enjoy the rodeo and the good company of neighbors and friends from our community. This desire for friendship and fun is what gave birth to the Rim country's rodeo traditions.

We thank all the volunteers and workers who spent countless hours to build the new facility.

Let's all join the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee in welcoming the new arena to our community this weekend. Whether you're a cowboy, businessman, retired or all three -- you'll find something to enjoy during the rodeo competitions, the Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant and the Main Street Parade.

Look for a schedule of events in today's Roundup or in your copy of the Rim Review.

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