There is much taking place in Payson this week -- school has started and the rodeo is again centerstage.
It is a great week to enjoy a big, Payson event that is also the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo. There will be more than 200 professional cowboys in town during the event, which starts Thursday and lasts until Sunday with a variety of events in town and at the Event Center.
It is a great week to become a tourist and take advantage of what Payson offers visitors and locals alike.
On Thursday evening, there is a charity barrel race which benefits the Rim Country's food banks. Admission to the event is a can of food, more if you really want to help out the food banks, which can always use the extra food to help those less fortunate.
Friday night is family night and attendees are encouraged to wear pink. For everyone who wears some kind of pink western wear, a $1 donation will be made by the rodeo to the Healthy Woman Program, which is a free community service provided by the Payson Regional Medical Center.
You can save money by buying your Friday night admission ticket at the Rim Country Chamber office. In a special promotion for Rim Country families, you can get one free admission with one purchased admission by dropping by the chamber office at the northwest corner of Beeline Highway and Main Street, for your Friday evening tickets. That's a nice deal for family night.
Saturday morning is the big parade. For NFL fans the official mascot of Super Bowl 42, Spike the Super Ball, will be taking part. He will be wearing easy-to-spot Arizona sunglasses and blue sneakers when he leads off the parade.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. and crowds are expected to start lining the route much earlier. So come early and get a good spot to watch what promises to be a great parade filled with Rim Country people and others from around Arizona. It is one of the nicest parades in the area. There will be everything from Cowgirl Starlets to a canine drill team. Don't forget the Saturday morning breakfast, which starts at 7 a.m. Check out the rodeo guide in today's paper for all the information about rodeo events.
The parade begins near Airport Road and the Beeline Highway, and travels south to Highway 260.
The Payson Event Center is the main place for rodeo week, but there will be parties all over town, so check them out. When you party, have fun, but be responsible, too. Many local businesses have special performers who will be on hand to provide entertainment during rodeo week, so check it out. It promises to be a fun four days with plenty of excitement to please nearly everyone.