Parades and rodeos are always a package deal in Payson.
This year, the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo parade, The Main Event, will start at Green Valley Park and end at Sawmill Crossing.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20.
"Our grand marshal is Eddie Armer," said Ruth Klaver, parade chairman.
Announcers will be John and Lu Carpino and the judge is Sandy Butler, who is sponsoring the parade.
As of presstime, more than two dozen entries were registered to participate, with more expected.
Among the participants will be the Rim Country Middle School Band, the Boy Scouts Color Guard, Calendar Girls, rodeo royalty from around Arizona and out-of-state. The Hashknife Riders will be in the lineup, as will the Gila County Sheriff's Posse, the Red Hat Society, Girl Scouts, several Shriners organizations, the Payson Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service.
This year there will be a $25 prize for the winner of each of the following categories:
- walking, individual or group
- motorized vehicle, individual or group
- manual powered vehicle, individual or group
- float, individual or group
- float, corporate
- horses, individual- or group-mounted
- horses, individual- or group-leading
- other animals, individual or group
A $50 prize will be presented for "Best Overall," which will be the judge's choice on the entry that exemplifies the spirit of the Spring Rodeo Parade. The prizes will be sent by mail, entry forms are at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Roundup office.
"We just want everyone to bring the family and come out and join us," Klaver said.
For more information about entering the parade, call Klaver at (928) 474-8837.