The floodgates on summer fun have opened and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo is rushing toward the Rim Country.
The spring rodeo, presented by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, is May 19, 20 and 21 at the Payson Event Center. The livestock for the event is from Salt River Rodeo, which has some of the sport’s top bulls.
The Cactus Series – Ladies’ Barrel Racing opens the festivities Thursday, May 19. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance is at 7 p.m. Admission is a can of food for Rim Country food banks.
The rodeo is at 7 p.m., Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission is $14 for those 13 to 64; $12 for those 65 and older; and $10 for those 8 to 12; children 7 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, all area Circle Ks, Bill Armstrong Pawn in Star Valley and the Payson Roundup office. There will be $2 discount coupons in the Roundup newspaper.
The Friday night performance is dedicated to the Tough Enough To Wear Pink campaign to benefit breast cancer research and patient support programs. The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee will donate $3 for each cowboy contestant wearing pink and $1 for each audience member in pink.
Saturday’s rodeo is the Patriot Performance to honor returning, wounded and fallen veterans. All active military personnel will be admitted free of charge on Saturday night.
Those planning to attend the May 21 show are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.
Following both the May 20 and May 21 performances, there will be a rodeo dance at the historic Ox Bow Saloon on West Main Street. The John Eric Band will provide the music starting at 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.