Here come the August Doin’s! It’s August, and the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo is back. The name and history of our rodeo has been questioned, litigated, fought over and yelled at. The fact that it may be older than 124 years or that we got the name only because we slept through World War I and Prescott didn’t, does not matter.
We have held this rodeo, in many locations, conditions, rain or shine, 124 times. That alone should get our towns and communities together to support it.
This is our signature event, the one that comes to mind with the name “Payson,” and vice versa.
My goal is to remind all of us that this is “Our” rodeo, and we need to volunteer to help in its production, go to its performances, and come together to make it a success.
The idea that there would not be another “World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo” would be a major blow to Rim Country for our visitors and locals, alike.
This rodeo, of all of the past rodeos, is the one that needs us, as a region, to give it our maximum support. So, wear your western duds for August Doin’s Week (or buy your rodeo button at the chamber for $2) to stay out of “jail.” Buy your tickets at the chamber or the parks and rec office. Go to the many events and volunteer to help make it all happen. It’s your town, too.
John Stanton, manager, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce