Payson and the Rim Country are kicking off summer with a celebration of the region’s Old West heritage.
The 2010 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo is ushering in the season with two performances at 7 p.m., Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. Gates will open at 5 p.m. at the Payson Event Center on the southwest side of Payson. It is expected that more than 200 competitors will take part.
Tickets are $14 for adults, 13 to 64; $12 for seniors, 65 and older; and $10 for children ages 8 to 12; children 7 and under will be admitted free of charge, as will those with active military identification cards. Reserve seating can be purchased for $22 per person.
Tickets are available at: Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bob’s Western Wear, Circle K North and Circle K South in Payson, and at Bill Armstrong’s Jewelry and Pawn in Star Valley.
Women’s Professional Rodeo
Association to help food banks
Start celebrating the Spring Rodeo early by attending a 7 p.m. performance, Thursday, May 13 at the Payson Event Center, where the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association will present a series of contests. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is a can of food for the area food banks.
Once again, the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is dedicating a performance to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research. The Friday, May 14 show will be the Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance. For every competing cowboy wearing pink, a $3 donation will be made to breast cancer support, and for everyone in the audience wearing pink, a $1 donation will be made. There will also be pink merchandise for sale to support the campaign.
The stock contractor for the 2010 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo is Salt River Rodeo, which features some of the top bulls in competition this season.
Kick up your heels at Rodeo Dance
Both Friday and Saturday night will feature a Rodeo Dance at the Historic Oxbow Saloon on West Main Street, Payson. One of the Rim Country’s favorite bands, Junction 87, will provide the music. Doors open at 6 p.m., the music starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 cover charge beginning at 8 p.m.
While you’re in town, be sure to get information from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Payson Parks Department about all the activities planned for the coming weeks of summer.