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Commemorative buttons are one of the more recent traditions of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Each year the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee produces a button for the rodeo. Not only does it commemorate the event, it is also a "Get Out of Jail Free" card.

That's the "Rodeo Jail," not the actual jail.

There are two ways to get into the Rodeo Jail -- one is not wearing Western-style clothing during the Aug. 18-21 rodeo, the other is when a warrant is purchased for your incarceration.

Warrants can be purchased for $10 each, with the buyer setting the amount of "bail" the person to be arrested must come up with to get out the Rodeo Jail, explained Ann Stoner, who is coordinating this year's event.

"The minimum bail is $25," Stoner said. The cost of a button is only $2.

All money raised through the warrants, bail and button sales goes into the Pro Rodeo Committee's scholarship fund to benefit students in Payson area schools.

Stoner is assisted by about a dozen volunteers, one of those is Christine Craig, who is handling the warrants. Call her to purchase one, (928) 978-3535.

Stoner said they will start making "arrests" on Thursday, Aug. 18.

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