Celebrate 124 Years Of True Old West Fun


For 124 continuous years, Payson, Arizona has been celebrating the history and tradition of Rodeo. It is still held the third weekend in August and, according to the PRCA, which sanctions the event, it is considered the country's Best Small Rodeo. We invite you to come and experience the exhilaration of rodeo, the sport of the Old West!

Some of the world's greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls will keep you on the edge of your seat. They'll compete for cash and prizes totaling more than $50,000. Fearless bull riders, burly steer wrestlers, gorgeous barrel racers, soaring bronc riders, specialty acts, and colorful clowns will keep you entertained and shouting for more.


Rodeo Fast Facts

Thursday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Women's Barrel Racing Special Performance, Admission is a can of food for the Payson Food Bank

Friday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m., "Tough Enough To Wear Pink" Benefit for Breast Cancer Research, 1st Performance -- World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, Gates open at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 1 p.m., 2nd Performance -- World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, Gates open at 11 a.m., Tickets are 2 for the price of 1, first 500 paid tickets get a free Coke promotional item.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., 3rd Performance -- World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, Gates open at 5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17, 1 p.m., 4th Performance -- World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, Gates open at 11 a.m. All children (under 12) admitted free with paying adult. Drawing for a major child's item (must be present to win).


Adults: $14, Seniors: $12, Kids: $7, Under 5: FREE

For more information, contact the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-6PAYSON or (928) 474-4515.

Free Parking and Shuttle

Starting at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15, you will be able to park your car at Payson High School. A shuttle school bus will pick you up on the north side parking lot (by the football field), off Longhorn Road, and transport you to Payson Multi-Event Center for rodeo performances. After the show, the buses will return you to your parked car. As an incentive for using the shuttle service, you will be dropped off at the front gate and given direct access -- no waiting in long lines!

To get to the shuttle parking lot, take Highway 87 to Longhorn Road. Go west on Longhorn until you get to the Payson High School north parking lot (north of the football field on the south side of Longhorn). Once this area is full, you may park anywhere at the high school.

Rodeo Dances

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee will present Rodeo Dances at the Oxbow Saloon Friday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 17.

Dancing to live music at the historic Oxbow Saloon will be presented:

4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, Aug. 15, bands will start playing at 7 p.m.

9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, bands will start playing at 7 p.m.

10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday, Aug. 16, bands will start playing at 3 p.m.

The cover charge is $5 starting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday only.

The featured bands:

Junction 87, Friday, Aug. 15

Silver Star Band, Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16

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