Parade Looking For Entries


Storytellers will jump off the Historical Society's float in the parade that celebrates Payson's 125th Anniversary, Oct. 6.

The float, the last in the line, will pause ever so briefly, so storytellers can jump off at different spots along the parade route to tell their tales of Payson and the West.

Entry feesFees are:$50 for commercial entries -- includes any business or vehicle advertising a business or political candidate.$25 for churches and civic groups.$10 for a private individual or family not advertising anything.

"We passed out fliers at the rodeo parade and got verbal nods from some potential entrants and excitement from others who did not know about the 125th parade," Lowell Andrews, parade chairman, said.

"Timeline" is the theme of the parade, thus, applications are split into period categories:

1882-1910: Pioneer families; cattle and horse driving; Tonto Apache pertaining to this period

1911-1929: Antique tractors, cars, groups, churches, etc. pertaining to this time period

1930-1945: (same)

1946-1959: War type of entry; soldiers in uniform; hula hoops, 50s cars and dresses

1960-2006: From the 60s, through current and to the future

"We expect to see a lot of entries in the 1930-1946 categories, but we hope to see entries from all eras," Andrews said.

Hashknife riders, Sheriff's Posse members, APS clowns, Payson Humane Society volunteers, the Illicit Ladies and Commancheros, Veterans, Payson Fire department, Red Hat Society members and local churches are among the many entrants expected.

The parade is open to individuals joining in the fun, to businesses and civic organizations. One 125th belt buckle will be awarded as the top prize in each of the five categories, plus the committee will award other yet to be determined prizes, Andrews said.

Nancy Sheppard is the parade marshal.

In her youth, Sheppard was a rodeo trick rider who performed all over the world -- in 1948 at the Payson rodeo and before that in New York's Madison Square Garden. Age may have slowed Sheppard down some, but the cowgirl still prefers jeans. She can do a rope trick or two, as well -- something she demonstrated at the 2006 Rodeo Reunion.

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