123rd Payson Rodeo: Welcome To A Touch Of The Old West

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Welcome to Payson, the wonderful Rim Country and a touch of the Old West at the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

On Aug. 17-19 the Old West will be alive at what some call the "August Doin's" at the Payson Event Center.

Kick off the festivities early on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 16 when a special charity barrel race will be held for area food banks. See beauty and power in motion as women barrel racers show their skills and talents, along with those of their horses. Admission is a can of food and all of the donations will go to help stock the shelves of the food banks in Payson and Pine.

The barrel race, like the main events of the Rodeo, will be at the Payson Event Center on the west side of Highway 87, on the south side of town (across from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino). Gates open at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16 and the contest starts at 6 p.m.

Performances of the Payson Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo are at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18, gates open at 5 p.m.; and at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19, gates open at 11 a.m.

The annual Rodeo Parade starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 and runs down Beeline (Highway 87) from Rancho Road to the Bashas' parking lot.

The Rodeo and Parade are not the community's only offerings this weekend.

There will be a variety of special events at different restaurants and waterin' holes throughout the weekend -- lots of live music, dances, special menus and other entertainment.

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee present the Payson Rodeo. Stock contractor Honeycutt Rodeo Company brings the actual rodeo shows to the community.

In this special publication, readers will meet a rodeo pioneer, E.C. Conway; a competitor from a new generation, Jason Amon; and learn details about the folks behind the production of this great three-day event and information about the events.

Admission to the regular performances is $14 for adults; $12 for senior citizens; $7 for children 5 to 12; and free for those under 5.

A family special is being offered by the chamber for the Friday night performance.

Purchase one regular admission at the chamber office, located at the northwest corner of Beeline and West Main Street, and get a second admission free.

For additional details, contact the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

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