It’S Rodeo Time!

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In the title of singer Paula Cole’s 1997 hit, she asks “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?”

Well, Paula, at least for this weekend, they have all come to the Rim Country for Payson’s 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Yep, they’re all here — “Rodeo Cowboys” (Lynn Anderson), “Rhinestone Cowboys” (Glen Campbell), “Coca-Cola Cowboys” (Mel Tillis) and maybe we’ll even see a “Cowboy in a Continental Suit” (Marty Robbins) show up at the Oxbow’s rodeo dance Friday or Saturday night.

I can tell that this year’s rodeo is going to be much bigger than ever. It appears that this big-belt-buckle event is going to be SO big that, according to rumor, the rodeo committee has had to lease extra event space. Just check out the wooden corral fence that’s in place at the corner of the Beeline and Bonita Street. If I were a betting man, I’d lay down a dollar or two that this year’s bull riding events will be held on this new rodeo satellite arena.

And speaking of bull riding (the object of which is to stay in the saddle of a bucking bull for a full 8 seconds), can you name the cowboy artist who recorded the 1990 country song, “Hooked On An 8 Second Ride”?

Prior to becoming a successful independent country artist, he was a rodeo champion known for his bareback-riding skill. He made his name in music by writing countless songs about the rodeo life.

This artist was born in Biloxi, Miss. in 1948. He moved around often as a child, since his father was in the Air Force. He first tried his hand at rodeo riding in Denison, Texas at age 13 and was soon winning junior competitions.

His family moved to Cheyenne, Wyo. while he was in high school, where he continued to ride. After graduating, he won the Wyoming State Rodeo Championship, which earned him a rodeo scholarship to Casper College. He also studied the sport at Sheridan and Eastern New Mexico and won the Intercollegiate National Bareback Riding Championship.

This songwriter/guitarist charted 23 country hits from 1979 to 2004, including “Cadillac Ranch,” “This Cowboy’s Hat” and his Top 10, 1992 duet with Garth Brooks, “Whatcha Gonna Do with A Cowboy.”

Is this artist A) Keith Whitley, B) Chris LeDoux, C) Sammy Kershaw or D) Chuck Jackman?

If you are caller number four this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win two great prizes — a pair of tickets to this weekend’s rodeo, compliments of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a CD of top country hits.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s question, which was: can you name the popular music artist who recorded the 1965 song, “Wedding Bells?” (Hint: his most popular recording was his 1956 hit, “Memories Are Made Of This.”

Is this crooner: A) Dean Martin, B) Sammy Davis, Jr., C) Frank Sinatra or D) Peter Lawford?

The correct answer was A) Dean Martin.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Macie Chernov.

Macie is 11 years old and the daughter of Aaron and Teresa Chernov of Payson. Her sisters are Eden, 17, and Taylor, 15. Also living with the family is cousin, Kimberly. The family moved from Las Vegas to Payson in 2003.

Macie attends Rim Country Middle School, where her favorite class is sixth-grade English with Mrs. Owens.

In her spare time, she enjoys swimming at Taylor Pool; listening to Pink, Rascal Flatts and Vanessa Hudgens and attending the Church of Christ with her family.

As this past week’s music trivia winner, Macie won a gift certificate for a “color and cut” hair treatment, courtesy of Amber Crain at Head to Toe Essentials on the north Beeline Highway. (Macie told me that she thinks she might be able to talk her mother into letting her get her ends dyed blue. Good luck, Macie!)

I’ll close this week’s column with a couple of notes:

One, new pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from this past Monday’s Friends and Family Barbecue at the Payson Care Center. A scrumptiously (is that a word?) good time was had by all.

And second, I hope to see you at the Rodeo Parade Saturday morning at 9 a.m. I’ll be announcing from the balcony upstairs of the Artists of the Rim Gallery, next to the fire station.

Yee Ha! See y’all at the rodeo!

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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