This is Payson's big show. August Doin's. The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.
It's a celebration of where we've come from and who we are a 117-year-old tradition that recognizes our history and our heritage.
It doesn't matter how you feel about rodeo. It doesn't matter whether this is really the 117th year we've been doing this or a few years less.
What matters is that our community is no less a product of its past than any other place. What happened here is very much a part of who we are today.
Rodeo is a reflection of our values. Of our belief that hard work is its own reward. Of our sense of community. Of our faith in the land and in each other.
If for no other reason, that makes it important that we all get behind the events that are taking place this weekend.
It all starts tonight at 7 p.m. at the Payson Event Center with the opening rodeo performance and dance.
Then Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. the annual rodeo parade wends its way down the Beeline from Rancho Road to just north of the Highway 260 intersection. Bring your lawn chairs and show up early.
There's a rodeo performance on Saturday at 1 p.m., a dance at 3 p.m., another rodeo at 7 p.m., and another dance at 9 p.m.
August Doin's 2001 wraps up Sunday with Cowboy Church at 9 a.m., a moving event which is open to the public, and then a closing rodeo performance at 1 p.m.
Grab that cowboy hat, pull on those boots and come on down. August Doin's is a special time for our community. Always has been.
It's up to us to make sure it always will be. That's the way traditions work.