Jolee Lautaret, Kingman, gets ready to throw her rope during the Women's Professional Rodeo event Thursday night at the Payson Event Center.
The August Doin's, 124th Annual World Oldest Continuous Rodeo activities continue tonight.
The 2008 Payson Rodeo Parade is returning to the roots of Rim Country rodeo. The parade, which starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, will be on Old Main this year instead of the Beeline Highway.
The parade starts at Green Valley Park and concludes at Sawmill Crossing. Both Main Street and Sawmill Crossing were at one time sites of the 124-year-old Payson Rodeo.
The theme this year is "Buckin' Broncos & Bucket Seats" for a 1950's Inspired Rodeo Parade.
Leading the parade line-up will be the Payson Fire Department, the Honeycutt horse, Grand Marshal Pat Willis, Special Ambassadors Tom Chambers and Danny White with Al McCoy, the voice of the Phoenix Suns, helping to announce the parade
The popular APS Volunteer Clown Troop is next in the line up, followed by the Payson High School Varsity Cheer squad, Payson High School Marching Band, the presenting sponsor Bison Homes' Percheron Hitch Team and Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.
Next on the route will be representatives from the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund, the Pine Strawberry Marching Band, Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, Payson Rodeo Reunion and the seasoned beauties of the Fancy Flair of Red chapter of the Red Hat Society.
Next in line parade goers will see the Miss Turquoise Circuit Pro-Rodeo Queen, Wells Fargo Bank Stagecoach with Mayor Kenny Evans and Arizona Legislative District 5 Representative Bill Konopnicki, the Phoenix Jaycees Comancheros, Gila County Rodeo Royalty, Time Out, Inc., Payson Humane Society, Councilmen Rick Croy and Ed Blair, KMOG.
Next on the parade route is a whole bevy of beauties in flashy duds: Ashley James, Rodeo Queen, Yuma Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo Queen, Casa Grande Heritage Rodeo Royalty Court, Golden West Cowgirls, The 2008 Gilbert Days Rodeo Royalty Court, Sydney Hay for Congress, Linda O'Dell, Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Royalty, Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty.
Look for representatives from the Northern Gila County Democrats next, followed by the Pine Strawberry Fire Department, Strawberry Patchers, Stubbs for Sheriff, Kiwanis, El Zaribah Shrine, Bradshaw Misfits Shriners, Gila County Sheriff's Posse Payson, Hashknife Pony Express, Payson Adventures, Mary Kim Titla for Congress, Lehr O. LaVoy, Cowgirls Historical Foundation and Central Arizona Board of Realtors.
Next will be Mazatzal Trail Riders, Ann Kirkpatrick for U.S. Congress, Payson Ranger District/US Forest Service, Frontier Dental Arts, Payson Horsemen's Association, Zane Grey Friends of the NRA, Howard Shanker for Congress Supporters, Barbara Brewer, Northern Arizona All Airborne 82nd Airborne Division, Payson Pro Rodeo Scholarship Jail, Ron Ely, Committee To Elect Sylvia Allen and Rim Country Museum.
Nearing the end of the lineup will be Canyon River Ranch, New Hope PMU Animal Hospital, Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin, The Kiesner Family Wild West Review, Show Low Deuces Wild Rodeo Court, Kenneth Caldwell, KCMA, Terry Goddard, Miss Kitty, Payson Care Center, Payson Parks and Recreation and the Police Buffers.
Announcing the parade with the Rim Country's own Eddie Armer will be the Voice of the Phoenix Suns Al McCoy on the judges' stand at Karik Construction. Other announcers located along Main Street will be DJ Craig and Fred Carpenter.
McCoy, Chambers and White will 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.
Free parking for parade goers will be available in a new, paved 65-car lot on Westerly just south of Main provided by Reese Randall and Intermountain West Construction, Scott Nossek of Payson Physical Therapy and the Town of Payson. Additional parking will be offered at the Payson High School, with shuttle service to and from the parade, starting at 7 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16.