First-year Payson High School Agriculture and Animal Science teacher Jadee Garner is enthusiastically looking forward to the FFA’s inaugural One Day Rodeo and Family Fun Day.
“It’s going to be great,” she predicts.
It will be held April 30 at the Payson Event Center and will be highlighted by a myriad of events including barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, ribbon roping and calf roping all complimented by plenty of old-fashioned small-town camaraderie.
For those eight years and under, there will be a foot rodeo featuring dummy roping, musical hay bales, stick horse race, boot scramble and more.
Also expected to be a big draw will be family roping with teams consisting of a parent and child.
Also on the agenda is No. 10 pick/draw team ropings that can be entered twice.
Entry fee is just $20 per roper.
For the ropings, books open at 11 a.m. close at 12:30 p.m. and there will be a 40-percent payback as well as prizes.
In the timed events, entrants will compete in age groups including 8-and-under, 9 to 13, 14 to 18 and 19 and over.
When the hunger pangs take over, probably about lunchtime, the fun day/rodeo will take a break for a barbecue, deep pit cooked beef meal prepared by acclaimed cowboy chef Roy Haught.
Adding to the festivities will be musical entertainment provided by the Moonshine Mafia band.
“We know this is going to be a lot of fun and we want it to become an annual event,” said Garner.
All profits will benefit the PHS FFA program.
For those unfamiliar with the FFA organization, Future Farmers of America was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. At the time, its mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting — it’s also a science, a business and an art.
Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own talents and explore interests in a broad range of careers
After graduation, members often go on to careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers, teachers and businessmen and women.
At PHS, Wendell Stevens headed the program before turning it over early this school year to Garner, following his retirement.
For more information about the FFA benefit, call Garner at (928) 301-5803.