Rodeo Thunders Into Rim Country

World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo starts up Thursday


On Thursday, the women’s events including barrel racing lead off four days of rodeo.

On Thursday, the women’s events including barrel racing lead off four days of rodeo. |

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The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo gallops into town this week with nearly a week of continuous fun in the Rim Country.

Keep your eye out for the Rodeo Jail rolling around town. The shady ladies of the jail will be on the look out for you — making “arrests” and collecting fines to benefit the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee’s scholarship fund.

Frolic and festivities continue Wednesday with the Chapman Rodeo Mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Chapman Auto Center on the northwest corner of the intersection of Highways 87 and 260. The band Junction 87 will provide the music and food will come from the group’s Sunday night haunt, the Buffalo Bar & Grill.

The real rodeo action gets a jump-start Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Payson Event Center where members of the Professional Women’s Rodeo Association will compete in the Women’s Cactus Series barrel races and more. Gates open at 5 p.m. and competition starts at 7 p.m. Admission is a can of food or non-perishable food item for area food banks.

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Roundup file photo/Dennis Fendler

For the price of a non-perishable food item for the food bank, residents can watch some of the best riders in Arizona at the women’s rodeo events on Thursday night.

The main events of the 129th running of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo start with the 7 p.m. Friday “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance at the Payson Event Center. For every contestant and spectator wearing pink, a donation will be made to area breast cancer support groups. Events include: barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping and the laugh-out-loud fun of mutton bustin’ by youngsters.

The Ram Rodeo Series serves as one of the sponsors for the rodeo and fans have a chance to win a Ram truck by visiting Payson’s Chapman Auto Center. Enter the Ram Rodeo Sweepstakes for a chance to win $45,000 toward any eligible Chrysler vehicle. Starting with only 18 events, more than 30 years ago, the Ram Truck brand and local Ram Truck brand dealerships have hosted more than 560 rodeos a year. The Ram Rodeo Series showcases the sport as it blends local dealer involvement, while providing scholarships, auctions and various initiatives.

The rodeo shows continue at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 and 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18.

Parade

On Saturday morning, the Zane Grey Kiwanis will present the annual Rodeo Parade on West Main. The convoy of floats, riders, walkers and more starts at 9 a.m. in Green Valley Park and ends at the east end of the street and Highway 87.

Tickets

Admission to the rodeo is $18 for those 13 to 64; $16 for seniors, 65 and older; $10 for children, 8 to 12; and children 7 and younger, as well as active armed forces personnel will be admitted for free. A special reserve seating ticket is available for $22.

Go online to paysonprorodeo .com for details and a link to purchase tickets over the Internet.

More

Look for the special edition of The Rim Review on the street Wednesday, Aug. 14 and in the Aug. 16 edition of the Roundup for details about the rodeo and some of the great folks who make it possible.

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