Everyone participating in the parade for the 120th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo deserves the community's thanks for making the festivities all the more fun.
"We had 78 entries," said Stephanie Turlukis-Keeney, chair of the Rodeo Parade Committee. She said Yuma's rodeo queen was probably the entry that traveled the farthest to participate in the parade.
"A lot of the politicians waited until the last minute (to enter), and so I think I might have put some together that are opposing each other," she said.
Turlukis-Keeney said she and her committee were assisted in organizing the parade line-up by the use of a golf cart donated by Chapman Auto Center. It is something the company has done for the rodeo parade for several years now and Turlukis-Keeney said it has really made their job easier.
Special certificates were awarded to the top entries in 10 different categories. Winners were as follows:
- Costumed rider, female: Miss Rodeo Arizona, Tamara Clause
- Costumed riding group: Calendar Cowgirls
- Costumed group: APS Clowns
- Funniest (theme) entry: Mazatzal Casino and the Tonto Apace Tribe
- Float: Payson Youth Football
- Classic vehicle(s): Rim Country Classic Auto Club
- Marching group: Payson High School Marching Band
- Civic or Volunteer group: Hashknife Pony Express
- Color Guard: Western Glory
- Horse-drawn: Bison Ranch
Judging the Aug. 21 parade entries were LaRon Garrett, Greg Day, Chris Wolf, Gordon Gartner and Judge Ronnie McDaniel.
Parade entry proceeds benefit the chamber this year.