APS and Rim Country Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade on Saturday, Aug. 15. The parade was co-chaired by Brian Tollefson and John Wakelin.
There were 64 entries with 84 actual units parading. The Grand Marshal was Nancy Sheppard, World Champion Trick Rider and Roper, member of the Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the Cowboy Hall of Fame.
The two ambassadors were Tim Kempton and Dan Majerle of the Phoenix Suns. Announcers were Eddie Armer, Fred Carpenter and DJ Craig, with assistance from the Phoenix Suns announcer Al McCoy.
Guests of the Parade were Dora Lee Connolly, Payson’s first Rodeo Queen; Leroy and Velma Tucker, Charlie Henderson and Duke Wilbanks, all Rim Country old-timers.
The winners of the competition are as follows:
Motorized Vehicle — First place, Payson School District; second place, Rim Country Classic Auto Club; third place, KRIM FM 96.3
Marching Group — First place, Payson High School Marching Band; second place, Northern Arizona All Airborne Chapter; third place, Dynamite Sports-Gymnastics & Dance
Civic/Volunteer — First place, High Country Garden Club; second Place, Payson Pro Rodeo Committee; third place, Zane Grey Friends of the NRA
Costumed non-rider — First place, APS Volunteer Clown Troupe; second place, Dancin’ on the Rim; third place, Strawberry Patchers
Costumed rider - female — First place, Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Association Royalty; second place, Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty; third place, Fiesta Days Rodeo Queen - Nichole Fisher
Costumed rider - group — First place, Phoenix JC Commancheros; second place, Gila County Championship Rodeo Queens; third place, Glendale Desert Riders
Horse Drawn — First place, H-4 Farm & Ranch; second place, Wells Fargo Stagecoach; third place, Mazatzal Trail Riders & Wagons
Best Theme — First place, The Home Depot; second place, Payson Rodeo Reunion; third place, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.