The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo wouldn't be enjoying its 119th consecutive year if it weren't for the sponsors who help pay the bills and make the prize money attractive enough to lure some of the top cowboys and cowgirls from across the U.S.
This year's national sponsors are once again an elite group, including Coors, Dodge Rodeo, Justin Boots, Justin Sports Medicine, Montana Silversmiths, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco and Wrangler.
As of press time, event sponsors included Realty Executives for bull riding, Corral West for saddle bronc, Swire Coca Cola for team roping, Arizona State Savings & Credit Union for barrel racing and Majestic Mountain Inn for steer wrestling. The specialty act sponsor is NAPA Auto Care Centers, while Chapman Auto Center is sponsoring mutton bustin'.
Chute gate sponsors include Stone Creek, NAPA Auto Parts, Buster Kittwhistle's, Amon Builders and Payson Concrete & Materials. The Ox Bow Saloon is sponsoring return gates, while the three side gate sponsors are Rensch Walker & Harper, Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Foxworth-Galbraith.
Mazatzal Casino is the ticket sponsor.
Arena banner sponsorships include Jack-In-The-Box, Guaranty Insurance, PostNet, Payson Care Center, SAFE Q Credit Union, Blue Ribbon Auto Sales, Rick Renzi for Congress, Simmons Crabdree Insurance, Payson Welding Supply, Langham Construction, Weathermasters and The Stockmen's Bank.
Buckle sponsors include the Best Western Payson Inn for team roping - header, Bank One for team roping - heeler, Payson Concrete & Materials for all-around, Bank One for steer wrestling, Diamond Point Shadows Steak House for tie down roping, KMOG for bull riding, Spragins & Hinshaw Architects for bareback, Stone Creek for saddle bronc and Lifestar EMS for barrel racing.
Inside roping box sponsors are Payson General Rentals and Roy Haught Excavating.
Thanks to the generous support of both its national and local sponsors, the total purse for the 2001 August Doin's will once again be in excess of $50,000. Base prize money for each event is $3,000.
According to longtime Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong, sponsors are, in many respects, every bit as important to the success of the 119th edition of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo as the cowboys whose performances they are supporting. The biggest event on the Payson calendar couldn't happen without them.