With a spring and fall rodeo to plan as well as several fund-raising dances at the Oxbow Saloon, the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee’s 120 members are spread a little thin this year.
On Thursday, the group asked the Green Valley Redevelopment Area Commission if it was interested in taking over planning of the annual spring parade on Main Street.
Rodeo committee member Ruth Klaver said after planning the parade for the last five years, it is easy to do. With no more than 32 entrees, the commission could easily contact police, vendors, entrants, the classic car club, businesses and crown a grand marshal all within a two-month time period.
“I don’t think it is hard to put on a parade,” Klaver said. Just remember, “don’t put your equestrians next to small children.”
After hearing Klaver’s request, commission member Ken Volz was obviously a little dumfounded.
“Would we put it on?” Volz asked for clarification.
Klaver said the commission would effectively take the parade off the committee’s hands and run it indefinitely.
Volz said he was little confused because on the agenda the committee was requesting parade help, he did not realize that meant taking the parade over completely.
“It is not a big deal,” Klaver said.
Volz suggested the commission discuss the issue further later, possibly at a work-study session.
Commission member Chuck Proudfoot said the commission knows how to put on parades; it has organized the electric light parade for the last nine years, but agreed a work-study meeting was necessary to iron out the details.
Alternatively, the commission could partner with the committee through a co-sponsorship. The town currently has a system established where it collaborates with a non-profit on an event.
The commission tried to call Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis for more details on the co-sponsorship, but Davis was unavailable because he was taking a furlough day.
Without those details, the commission decided they would have to return to the issue when Davis was available.
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce organizes the August Rodeo, so it is not affected.
Klaver said the committee’s main concern is putting on the spring and fall rodeos.
Any money raised through the rodeo is given to local youth through scholarships, athletic teams and events. Several dances held at the Oxbow last year gave the committee enough money to buy the rights to the August Doin’s Rodeo outright from the chamber.