The Payson Law Enforcement Torch Run committee and the Cowboy Junction (Cowboy Church) are sponsoring a benefit team roping event Saturday to help raise money for local Special Olympic athletes.
Local cowboys will compete at the Payson Event Center with other Arizona teams for prize money and trophy buckles and saddles.
Admission is free. The barbecue with all the fixin's is $5 a plate. All proceeds from the deep-pit barbecue, silent auction and activities and a portion of the team roping entry fees will be donated to the local Special Olympics fund to provide uniforms, training, equipment and transportation for the athletes as they represent Payson in competitions throughout the year.
The ropes start flying at 9 a.m. and the fun continues until 5 p.m. Following the first round of team roping, a Cowboy Church service will be held. The barbecue will begin at noon and a variety of activities will continue throughout the day, including a silent auction, dummy roping, a stick horse rodeo, inflatable interactive games and door prizes.
Prizes and auction items were donated by local businesses and include: a round of golf at the Rim Club, a getaway night at Kohl's Ranch and drawings by local artist Jason Huffman.
For more information, call 474-3400 or 474-6453.
At a glance
What: Benefit Team Roping
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Payson Event Center
Cost: Admission free; barbecue $5 a plate
Information: 474-3400 or 474-6453