Rodeo Weekend Is Upon Us


“His eyes are cold and restless,

His wounds have almost healed.

And she’d give half of Texas

Just to change the way he feels.

Well she knows his love’s in Tulsa

And she knows he’s gonna go.

Well, it ain’t no woman, in flesh and blood,

It’s that damned old rodeo.”


Garth Brooks

Yup, it’s that time of the year again. That damned old August Doin’s Rodeo will be clippity-cloppin’ its way into Payson for the 127th straight year!

Payson’s rodeo has certainly grown in stature over the years and is now acclaimed as the world’s best “Small Rodeo.” It really has turned into a win-win-win weekend for all of Rim Country — although I’m guessing the rodeo animals might take some exception to that.

There’s the heated competition and prize money for the ropers and riders and the thrill-a-minute excitement of watching the bulls and broncos do their bucking best to unseat the high-flying cowboys and cowgirls.

Then there’s the rodeo parade on Saturday morning down Main Street that always delights folks of all ages, as marching bands, clowns and rodeo queens bring a smile to all.

On Friday and Saturday night there will be plenty of country swingin’ and two-steppin’ at the after party and dance at the Payson Event Center and at the Oxbow Saloon to the indoor and outdoor bands, where the glare of bigger-than-a-boot belt buckles is sure to be blinding.

It’s all good rodeo weekend fun, but beware! Those brassy, brazen and bold Pro Rodeo Committee saloon girls will be out again roaming the streets, with their mobile jail, ready to lock up the unwary and hold them for scholarship “ransom.”

Some folks may call these ladies flashy and trashy, others may refer to them as saloon or dance hall queens and still others may mention them as “Painted Ladies of the Old West.”

But I prefer to simply call these fun-filled and dedicated ladies “Sweethearts of the Rodeo.” They work hard all week to raise money for our area youth — and, like Ida of song, are just as sweet as apple cider doin’ it.

If you are a rodeo fan or just simply like country music, you probably are familiar with the late-1980s-early 1990s country music duo, Sweethearts of the Rodeo.

The twosome consisted of sisters Janis and Kristine Oliver, from Manhattan Beach, Calif. (You may remember that Janis was married to country singer Vince Gill from 1980-97, before Vince discovered greener pastures with Amy Grant.)

Although the Sweethearts of the Rodeo had just a brief five-year run of popularity, they did manage to land 12 hits on Billboard’s country music chart, including seven songs which made it into the Top 10.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the Sweethearts of the Rodeo biggest, clinky-clanky hit? Was it A) “Chain of Fools,” B) “Chain Gang,” C) “Chains Of Gold” or D) “Take These Chains From My Heart?”

If you’re the fourth caller this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a “Country Music’s Top Love Songs” CD, guaranteed to put even the meanest, nastiest, snarliest cowpoke into a romantic mood.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the R&B artist who recorded, among his other “animal songs,” the 1963 Grammy Hall of Fame hit, “Walkin’ The Dog”? Was this singer/songwriter/choreographer: A) Rufus Thomas, B) Scot Terrier, C) Pete Bull, or D) Jermaine Shepherd?

The correct answer was Rufus Thomas, who also scored hits with “Do the Funky Chicken,” “Do The Funky Penguin,” “Chicken Scratch” and “The Funky Bird.”

For only the second time since I’ve been posing music trivia questions in the Roundup, there was not a winner this past week. So, last week’s prize, a $25 gift certificate for a free dog grooming (small dogs only) from Louise, owner of the Mutt Boutique, will be carried over and added to this week’s country music CD prize.

Lastly, new photos that I’ve added to my Web site are from this past weekend’s Julia Legassie-R.D. Nielson wedding, held at the Ponderosa Baptist Church. Julia is a 2011 graduate of Payson High School and the daughter of Pete and Terri Legassie. She is employed as a teacher’s aide at Julia Randall Elementary School. R.D. was born and raised in the state of Washington and moved to Arizona several years ago.

Have a wonderful August Doin’s weekend — and keep an eye peeled for those “Sweethearts of the Rodeo!”

DJ Craig

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