Parade Brings Part Of Rodeo Back To Main Street

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Payson's beautiful Green Valley Park will host staging activities for the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo parade, the sixth annual Main Event.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21 and travels east on Main Street to Colcord.

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Arizona Public Service participates in many of the community's events, including sending its popular clown troop to take part in Rodeo parades. This group was in the 2004 World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade.

"Our grand marshal is Mayor Barbara Brewer," said Dennis Fendler, parade chairman. "We will be showcasing rodeo royalty, including Miss Rodeo Arizona Tamara Clause and queens from around the state and from out-of-state as well."

Other entries in the line-up will be a 1928 Model T from Anheuser-Busch, the Shriners, members of the Red Hat Society, Rim Country Classic Auto Club, the PT Cruiser Club and more.

Fendler said entries will be taken up to the day of the event. The fee for businesses and individuals is $20. He said for nonprofits, schools and royalty, the fee is waived. The proceeds benefit the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee and its charity work.

John Carpino and Eddie Armer will be announcing the parade at two different spots along the route.

"Bring the family and come out," Fendler said.

For more information about entering the parade, Fendler said to call Bill Armstrong at (928) 474-2618.

Streets accessing the parade route will be closed to traffic during the parade. For information about street closures, Fendler said to call Commander Don Engler at the Payson Police Department, (928) 474-5242, ext. 224.

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