The Payson Rodeo Committee has always been a big booster of Payson wrestlers. The tradition is continuing this year, according to Duke Wilbanks.
Wilbanks works with Rodeo Committee member Kevin Turner in the town's community development department.
Wilbanks readily admits when there are teenagers who need something, he is one of the parents the young people call on. He said Turner is the same way.
When he found out money was needed to send two seniors from the Payson High School wrestling team to the Senior Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio at the end of the month, Wilbanks told Turner about it.
With Turner going to bat for the wrestlers, the Rodeo Committee once again stepped up to the plate and is giving Zach Lee and George Coleman some of its scholarship money to go to Ohio March 27 through March 29.
But the generosity of the Rodeo Committee is not limited to just two seniors.
Through the efforts of Turner and Wilbanks, it is also helping send at least six wrestlers to a national tournament in Norfolk, Va. in June.
Additional donations are needed for the trips, Wilbanks said, so anyone interested in helping out can contact him at town hall, 474-5242, ext. 263, or at home, 474-2940.
This is not the first year Turner and Wilbanks have taken on a fund-raising job for Payson's young people. Last year, with the help of the Rodeo Committee, more than $9,000 was raised to send 17 youngsters to a football camp in Nebraska.
Turner is a building inspector with the town, a job he has held for five years, and Wilbanks is a permit technician, something he has done for the last three years.
Before joining the community development department, Wilbanks, a Payson High School graduate, worked for the town water department.
The Rodeo Committee's scholarship fund is chaired by Lori Foss. The money for it comes from selling the rodeo buttons each year, putting people "in jail" during rodeo week and from donations.