The 2008 August Doin's Rodeo Parade is taking a different route this year. It will be held on Main Street, starting at Green Valley Park and traveling east to end at Sawmill Crossing shopping center.
There is a new, paved parking lot south of Main on Westerly. The Town of Payson partnered with Intermountain West Construction and Payson Physical Therapy to construct this new lot.
A free shuttle will also be available. It will carry parade-goers from Payson High School to the route and back again. The shuttle will start running at 7 a.m.
The parade theme is "Buckin' Broncos & Bucket Seats" -- a 1950s-inspired Rodeo Parade. It begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, and features special guests Tom Chambers, Danny White and Al McCoy.
The Grand Marshal of the 2008 Rodeo Parade is Pat Willis, one of the most involved citizens in the Town of Payson. His willingness to give to this community has benefited everyone in Rim Country.
Recently he was the chairman for the Traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial Committee, which brought The Wall to Payson. He and a group of dedicated citizens worked for more than 12 months to bring this tribute to Payson.
Willis has also been involved with many different groups over the years, including the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and many others.
Tom Chambers returned to the Suns as a Community Relations Representative in 1997. After being traded to Philadelphia on Nov. 21, 1997, Chambers left the playing ranks and joined the front office.
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. He was a two time All-NBA selection (1989, 1990) and set a franchise record with 2,201 points (27.2ppg) in 1989-90. In his 15 year career, Chambers made four All-Star appearances, and was named the MVP of the mid-season classic in 1987.
Chambers was originally a first round pick (eighth overall) of the San Diego Clippers in 1981. He played two years in San Diego, and was then acquired by Seattle in 1983 where he played five seasons. After his stint with the Suns, Chambers played two seasons with the Utah Jazz, and then played one full year in Israel. His last full season in the NBA was 1996-97 with Charlotte.
A graduate of Mesa Westwood High School in Mesa, Danny 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. Through 1979 he appeared primarily as a punter and backup to star quarterback Roger Staubach, but after Staubach's retirement following the end of that season he became the starting quarterback himself and for a few years did double-duty as its punter until around 1984.
White made the Pro Bowl in 1982, and led the Cowboys to three consecutive NFC championship games (1980-1982).
Today White is an American football coach in the Arena Football League and also occasionally appears as an analyst on broadcasts of college football games. He was named the head coach of the Arena Football League expansion Utah Blaze, which began play in 2006. Prior to that, he served as the head coach of the Arizona Rattlers from 1992 to 2004, winning the ArenaBowl championship in 1994 and 1997.
Al 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.
In 2006, Phoenix Magazine named McCoy the best play-by-play announcer in their annual "Best of the Valley" issue.
McCoy has graciously accepted the role in this year's parade as co-announcer along with Eddie Armer, they will be stationed in front of Karik Construction on the judges' stand. Other announcers located along Main Street will be local representatives DJ Craig and Fred Carpenter.
Chambers, White and McCoy 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.