Pat Willis Named Rodeo Parade Marshal

Tom Chambers, Al McCoy and Danny White named special parade embassadors

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Pat Willis is the parade marshal for the August rodeo parade and he will be accompanied by special ambassadors Al McCoy, Tom Chambers and Danny White.

Chambers is the former Phoenix Sun basketball player and White led the Dallas Cowboys to three consecutive NFC championship games. McCoy is the voice of the Suns.

The annual August Doin's Rodeo Parade will march down Payson's Historic Old Main Street starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, This year the route will be east bound from Green Valley Park and end at Sawmill Crossing Shopping Center.

Remember the deadline for entry forms is Aug. 8. So if you have not yet turned in your form please go to www.paysonrimcountry.com and click on the "Payson Parade" link on the home page. Download all the forms and make sure to get them to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce by Friday at 2 p.m.

Free parking and shuttle

Don't fight the long lines of traffic, ride the free shuttle bus. Beginning at 7 a.m., Aug. 16, you will be able to park at the Payson High School north football field parking lot and ride the shuttle to Main Street. The drop off and pick up point will be at South McLane and Frontier Street. Visitors can also park on Westerly just south of Main Street in a brand-new, paved parking lot provided by Reese Randall and Intermountain West Construction.

Grand marshal and special ambassadors named

Willis is one of the most involved citizens in Payson. Recently he was the chairman for the Traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial Committee. This tribute to this country's fallen hero's was an emotional event for Payson. His dedication and efforts in bringing The Wall to Payson was no small task, said Cameron Davis, Payson tourism director. He and a group of dedicated citizens worked for more than 12 months to bring this tribute to Payson. When all the dust settled, more than 30,000 people attended this four-day event.

Willis has also been involved with many different groups over the years including the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation Board, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and many others.

Chambers returned to the Suns as a community relations representative in 1997. Chambers played five seasons (1988-1993) with the Suns, averaging 20.6 points. After signing as the first unrestricted free agent in league history on July 8, 1988, he made three straight All-Star appearances from 1989-1991.

White is a graduate of Mesa Westwood High School. White had a stellar career as a quarterback and punter at Arizona State University and subsequently appeared briefly in the World Football League before being signed by the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys.

McCoy, The Voice Of The Suns, has been the radio broadcast announcer of Phoenix Suns NBA basketball games since 1972, which makes him the longest tenured broadcaster in the NBA.

McCoy is a graduate of Drake University. His first job in radio was at KJFJ in Webster City, Iowa.

Al has accepted the role in this years parade as co-announcer along with Eddie Armer. The two will be stationed in front of Karik Construction on the main judges stand. Other announcers located along Main Street will be DJ Craig and Fred Carpenter.

McCoy, Chambers and White, will all be signing autographs in front of the Oxbow Saloon right after the parade.

They will also be signing autographs at the Friday and Saturday night rodeo performances in the VIP tent.

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