There is something different about the 2013 edition of the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo — actually there are several new features. New features
The Payson Rodeo Committee’s annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo kicks off Thursday, May 16 with a new event, Bulls, Broncs & Bling.
The Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo started as an Old-Timers Rodeo years ago, but has since grown into a fully sanctioned PRCA event featuring some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the country.
In the Rim Country, Bill Armstrong is known as a longtime rodeo boss, a crafty businessman, a sports aficionado and the father and grandfather to some of the finest athletes to ever play for Payson High School.
They aren’t cowboys competing for points, but without them there would be no competitor. They’re the stock contractor and announcers. Once again, the Salt River Rodeo Company will be providing the livestock for the Spring Rodeo.
Rodeos today look a whole lot different than the early ones held among working cowboys and vaqueros in weathered, dusty arenas. And they cost a lot more to put on. A two-day rodeo requires months of planning and a whole lot of flare. Spectators expect entertainers, commentators, concessioners, professional judges and seasoned cowboys.
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee honors the memory of Gary Hardt when the action hits the arena at the Payson Event Center this week. Among those who remember him fondly is his son, Shawn, now a teacher and coach in Queen Creek.
Entertainment beyond the competition at Payson Event Center will include beauties in precision drills and the hilarity and high jinks of the PRCA 2012 Clown of the Year.
They were those little girls who loved horses. Some grew up on ranches where horses were part of their lives; others had to persuade their parents to help them pursue their passion with riding lessons and boarding arrangements.
A half-dozen beautiful young women will be in Payson this week focused on a contest for a crown — or two. The Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant is in the Rim Country for the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo.
Tickets available 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 ($2 off coupons can be found in the Payson Roundup)
An absolutely fine film; see it when you can
Four Saw Blades! See it! That may be my shortest movie review ever. This film is absolutely fine. “Quartet” is billed as a comedy, and thanks largely to Billy Connolly as Wilf, a cheerful, lecherous opera singer, it does have moments of laugh out loud humor.
Classic sweet treats like pound cake are delicious on their own – and with a few simple ingredients, they can be dressed up to make any day more special. These recipes highlight the classic, homemade taste of Sara Lee Pound Cake.
Registration for the Payson Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program is just around the corner – it opens Monday, May 13 and the program starts the first week of June. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. There are programs planned for children ages 6 months to 18 years.
Registration opened May 1 and will continue through the course of the program. This program is for children ages 6 to 12. Youngster can be registered for one or all seven weeks.