Parties, Music, Added Fun Pack Rodeo Weekend

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Popular country singer Brandon Shepard is scheduled to perform during rodeo weekend festivities at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Talk to someone who remembers the Payson Rodeos held in the early 1960s or before and one of the common favorite memories are the parties and dances that were held. They were events the whole family could enjoy. The celebrations accompanying the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo will return to that fondly remembered tradition with several dances, including one just for youngsters and another for the entire family.

The Rodeo Reunion is a tribute to the parties of the past. The sixth annual Rodeo Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. There will be an old-fashioned barbecue served with all the trimmings. Admission is a $5 donation per person.

All proceeds will benefit a scholarship for a Payson High School senior.

Cowboys and cowgirls from the past 50 years will be on hand to visit and sign autographs of your copy of the “Rodeo 101” book, a history of the Payson Rodeo, by Jayne Peace Pyle and Jinx Pyle.

The reunion golf tournament starts the day — sponsorships for course holes are still available. For more information, call coordinators Harry or Sharron Shill at (928) 476-3334.

The Payson Rodeo Preservation Alliance and KCMA Radio will hold a youth dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14 at the Rim Country Mall, music will be provided by DJ Craig.

A family dance with a live band will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 15 at Rim Country Mall.

The adult crowd can head over to the historic Oxbow Saloon for the Payson Rodeo Committee Dance. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $5.

Friday’s dance at the Oxbow will feature the Landon Shill Band and Junction 87; the Saturday dance at the saloon will have the Landon Shill Band and Rendezvous providing the music.

At the Mazatzal Casino there will be several different special events for the rodeo celebration.

Those 21 and older can try their hand at riding a mechanical bull at the Mazatzal Casino Triple 777 Mechanical Rodeo from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.

Entertainers at the casino during the rodeo will be Brandon Shepard and Rodeo Ruckus on Friday night with a $5 cover charge and Sam Morrison’s Tribute to Bob Seger will take place Saturday night, admission is $15 or $10 with a Players Club Card.

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