Payson will celebrate it’s western heritage — not to mention its perfect spring weather — this weekend with the annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo Friday and Saturday at the Payson Event Center.
Events include bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping, with three Payson competitors — barrel racers Teri James and Penny Conway plus team roper TJ Brown. Wyatt Althoff, who competes in both team and tie-down roping, has family in Payson.
Sideshows to the professional rodeo include the always-entertaining mutton bustin’ contests for youngsters, a fun a 1800s Old West Costume Contest taking place Saturday, draft horse barrel racing and drill team programs by the Cowgirl Historical Foundation (CHF).
The Friday night show is the annual “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event, which will raise money to support breast cancer research and everyone sporting pink.
Saturday’s Patriot Performance will honor returning, wounded and fallen veterans, with red, white and blue attire encouraged and active duty armed forces members admitted for free.
The CHF drill team will have as a guest rider a Boston Marathon runner, in recognition of the recent bombing there.
Gates for the Friday, May 17 performance open at 4 p.m., with the show at 6 p.m.; gates open at noon, Saturday, May 18 for the 2 p.m. show.
Tickets cost from $10 to $14 depending on age, with kids under 7 free. Get tickets at Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, all area Circle Ks, Bob’s Western Wear, Bill Armstrong Jewelry & Pawn in Star Valley and the Payson Public Library.
In today’s Roundup, check out our special section on the rodeo and get a $2 coupon for admission.