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Heeler Tammy Lewis (left) and header Debbie Robbins scored points and placed in the Team Roping event. Lewis won the Breakaway Roping event, roping her calf in just 2.2 seconds. The Queen Creek woman won $320 for her efforts in the Aug. 18 event, which opens Payson’s rodeo celebrations. There were a total of 75 contestants at the Payson Event Center Thursday night. Other winners were Jody Heisler in the added money Barrel Race, Alyson Resor in the 4D Barrel Race and Jamie Singletary and Devon Cordova in the Team Roping.

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Rodeo whoops it up

What started with a simple calf roping contest more than 120 years ago is now the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Payson’s rodeo began in 1884 and is now known as the August Doin’s and the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. The celebration will be held Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21.

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