Horses, Clowns And Shriners Make A Beeline For Rodeo

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"How the West was fun" is the theme of this year's August Doin's rodeo parade on Saturday, Aug. 21.

"It's going to be a wonderful time," Parade Coordinator Stephanie Turlukis-Keeney said. "We are expecting between 70 and 80 entries."

The parade, sponsored by APS, begins at 9 a.m. at Rancho Road and travels south on the Beeline Highway, ending at the Payson Village Shopping Center, Turlukis-Keeney said.

"The grand marshal this year is the Payson Ranger District, the local hotshot crews and Smokey Bear. It's his 60th birthday," she said.

Turlukis-Keeney said several election candidates will be in the parade, including Congressman Rick Renzi and State Representative Jake Flake.

"Bison Ranch will be bringing stage coaches and all the royalty will be coming up, and the Shriners will be up with their little cars," she said.

The Calendar Cowgirls, a group of reigning and former rodeo royalty, will be riding their horses with silver saddles down the Beeline.

"They are so beautiful and they put a calendar out," Turlukis-Keeney said.

Parade judges this year are Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner, Payson Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett, Mazatzal Casino Executive Jim Gannarelli, Macky's Grill owner Greg Day, and Chris Wolf, CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center.

Parade categories include costumed rider, female; costumed rider, male; costumed riding group; civic/volunteer; color guard; marching group; classic vehicle; overall float and funniest themed-float entry.

Turlukis-Keeney said although the area of the Beeline Highway will be closed during the event, which ends at about 11 a.m., there will be detours set up to bypass the parade route.

Staging begins at 7:30 a.m. along Rancho Road.

"The deadline for parade entry is Aug. 18," Turlukis-Keeney said. "Applications are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce." Contact Stephanie Turlukis-Keeney for more information at (928) 978-1255.

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