Team Roping, Barrel Racing Is Aug. 8

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Sponsors are eager to host the second annual Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Team Ropin' and Jackpot Barrel Race, mostly because the inaugural event was an overwhelming success.

"It was wonderful, a real family event and a tribute," said Bobbie Jo Haught, who with help from the Mogollon Health Alliance founded the festivities.

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Gracie Haught

This year, the activities tip off Aug. 8 with the barrel racing and continue Aug. 9 and 10 with team roping.

All events will be held in the Payson Event Center.

In addition to the roping and barrel racing there will be plenty of games for children, including a dunk tank, dime toss, face painting, three-legged race, egg toss and shoe scramble.

Also on the agenda is Daisy's Dummy Ropin' and Mutton Bustin'.

Vendors will be serving Navajo tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and shaved ice.

The celebration peaks at 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening with a cowboy barbecue dinner cooked by the Albert Hunt family and a dance featuring live country music.

Tickets to both are $20 each or $50 for a family.

"We'll have a huge 40x100 (feet) tent set up in the arena for the dinner and dance," said Charlene Hunt, who oversees the PEC for the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Also tickets for the Gracie Lee Haught raffle will be sold. Prizes include a 2008 Yamaha 4x4 Rhino and trailer and a children's ATV.

"We'll also have silent auctions and the Sweetness of Gracie Cookbooks for sale," Haught said.

The schedule

For barrel racing, registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and competition kicks off at 7 p.m.

There is no admission for spectators.

Open runs in 4D classification are $35 each and those in peewee 3D (10-years-and-under) are $10 per run.

Hunt is asking that competitors "think pink and wear their best pink shirt."

New to the team roping this year will be the presence of Jack Fuller Productions who is well known for hosting similar events at Mormon Lake near Flagstaff.

"Last year we did it ourselves, this year we decided to bring him in," Haught said.

Entry fee is $60 per roper and contestants can enter up to five times.

On Saturday, ropers will include:

  • No. 11, pick or draw.
  • No. 10, pick or draw capped at No. 6
  • No. 8, pick or draw capped at No. 4

On Sunday, ropers are:

  • No. 9, pick or draw capped at No. 5
  • No. 11, pick or draw
  • No. 13, pick or draw
  • No. 15, pick or draw

Both days, competition begins at 9 a.m.

For more information about team roping, call Fuller at (928) 692-8465.

For more about the barrel racing, call Hunt at (928) 978-4186.

Gary Chitwood is taking Mutton Bustin' pre-registration at Chapman Auto Center, (928) 474-5261.

Hunt calls the three days of festivities a proper and fitting "kick off to the August Doin's Rodeo Week." It begins Aug. 15.

Proceeds from the upcoming weekend's barrel racing and team roping benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Fund that has as a mission to promote and support the health, safety and well-being of local children.

The memorial is held each year in memory of Gracie Lee who died at 3 years of age after a tragic accident near Star Valley. She was the daughter of Hooter and Bobbie Jo Haught.

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