Payson's Pride In Rodeo Part Of Parade

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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 Julia Randall Elementary School at the west end of West Main Street and end at its junction with South Colcord Road (the county complex).

The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19.

"This year we are paying tribute to three long-time members of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee who died this past year," said Joni Alexander, parade chairman.

The three will be honored by riderless horses being led along the parade route.

Those being given this special acknowledgement are Al Ayers, Jim Barrett and Walt Prychodnik.

As of press time, more than a dozen entries were registered to participate, with more expected.

Alexander said she would accept entries up to parade time.

Among the participants will be rodeo royalty from around Arizona and out-of-state, the Hashknife Riders, the Red Hat Society, and the local Shriners.

Cash prizes of $25 will be presented 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 given for "Best Overall," which will be the judge's choice on the entry that exemplifies the spirit of the Spring Rodeo Parade.

"We just want everyone to come out and join us," Alexander said. For more information , call (928) 468-9797 or (928) 978-3348.

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