It's rodeo time in the Rim Country.
Advance tickets to performances of Payson's Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo are now available.
The rodeo events will kick off with a charity barrel race contest at the Payson Event Center at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission is a can of food. The food collected will be contributed to area food banks.
The Pro Rodeo performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18; 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 19. Gates open at 11 a.m. prior to the 1 p.m. shows and at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. events.
Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for those 5 to 12, and free for those under 5.
The rodeo parade is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 on North Beeline Highway.
The Friday night performance will be a special feature for area families and the community's Healthy Woman Program of Payson Regional Medical Center.
With the purchase of a regular admission at the chamber office, a second person will be admitted free of charge, according to John Stanton of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
There will be a "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" promotion Friday night. For everyone in pink or wearing pink accessories, a contribution will be made to the Healthy Woman program. A variety of pink specialty items will also be for sale at the Friday night performance including hats, bracelets and bandanas.
Tickets for the other performances are also available at the chamber, as well as at Corral West Ranchwear and at the gate.
Once again, Honeycutt Rodeos is providing the stock, Johnny Pope will be announcing the events, and Shotgun Rodney Gaston will be doing double duty as the specialty act and as a barrel man for the bull riding competitions.
For more information about the rodeo or the parade, call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.