Annual Rodeo Parade A Party For Everyone

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Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

Representatives from Shrine clubs from around the state regularly take part in the annual Payson Rodeo Parade. The Shrine camels in one parade were quite a treat for the spectators.

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Representatives from Shrine clubs from around the state regularly take part in the annual Payson Rodeo Parade. Most often, club members run the route in mini vehicles.

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Rodeo royalty from around the West take part in the annual Rodeo Parade held Saturday morning during the weekend of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. The parade starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and will travel east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing.

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Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

Rodeo re-enactor from around the West take part in the annual Rodeo Parade held Saturday morning during the weekend of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. The parade starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and will travel east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing.

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Patriotism, pageantry and plain, old-fashioned fun await along historic old Main Street in Payson starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 when the annual Rodeo Parade begins its meander from beautiful Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing. Come early to get a good spot to watch all the fun unfold.

An estimated 70 entries are expected to travel old Main from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing in the 2009 Rodeo Parade. With the theme “August Doin’s Rodeo Roundup” the parade will help Payson and the Rim Country celebrate the 125th year of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

The parade starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15. This year, the parade announcers will be Eddie Armer, at the judges’ stand by the historic Oxbow Saloon, assisted by Al McCoy, Phoenix Suns announcer; Fred Carpenter, at the Community Presbyterian Church; and DJ Craig, near the Main Street Fire Station, assisted by Jeff West, of KMLE Country Radio.

Grand marshal of the parade is world record holding trick rider and trick roper Nancy Sheppard, who is a member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Special celebrity ambassadors in the 2009 Rodeo Parade are Tim Kempton and Dan Majerle of the Phoenix Suns.

Among the entries are the royal courts from nine different rodeos; Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard; District One Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin; Payson Mayor Kenny Evans; Ronald McDonald; and the Longhorn Marching Band.

All entries will receive certificates, and a first prize ribbon will be awarded for each of the 12 categories: best themed entry; civic/volunteer entry; motorized vehicle; family entry; male costumed rider; female costumed rider; group costumed rider; group costumed non-rider; adult individual costumed non-rider; child individual costumed non-rider; marching group; and horse-drawn.

Come out for this August Doin’s tradition and celebrate the 125th continuous year of Payson’s signature event.

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