The 121st World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo is on the horizon.
Scholarship committee fund-raiser
The Rodeo Jail Committee is looking to lock 'em up. Wish someone you know was doing time? Now you can have them picked up, put away and held until they raise the bail money you set. Proceeds will be used for scholarships. Call Christine at 978-3535 to get your warrant.
Events begin Thursday, Aug. 18 with the Women's Rodeo, sanctioned by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association. Admission is a can of food to help the area food bank.
Rodeo performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Payson Event Center, located south of Payson on Highway 87 west of the Mazatzal Casino.
The annual rodeo parade takes place at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. To enter your group in the parade, pick up an application at Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce (corner of Highway 87 and West Main Street), or for more information, call (928) 474-4515.
Forty youngsters will have a chance to show their skills in Mutton Bustin' during the 121st Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Sign-up forms are available from Emily Moore at Chapman Auto Center in Payson, (928) 474-5261. Ten young riders will compete at each of the four performances Aug 19-21. Riders must be 40 to 60 pounds and age 5 to 7. A $10 registration fee is required. Every child who participates will receive a souvenir buckle and bandanna. The winner at each performance will be awarded a $50 gift certificate from event sponsor, Justin Boots.
A rodeo reunion and book-signing, hosted by Jayne Peace-Pyle and Jinx Pyle, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Tonto Apache gym. Many old-time cowboys will be on hand to sign the book, "Rodeo 101, History of the Payson Rodeo," written by the couple.
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