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Maurice Hill rode this sheep to victory in the Mutton Bustin' contest. The action took place early Saturday afternoon, Aug. 20, at the afternoon rodeo performance at the Payson Event Center. The landing was much softer this year than in the last few years, thanks to the frequent and heavy rainfall.

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Rodeo newbie discovers the reality behind the myths

I’ve never been to a rodeo before but, new to Payson, I had to share the world’s longest running rodeo with my daughter. But when I asked her to come along, her answer threw me for a loop: “No. I don’t want to go because there’s animal cruelty.” What perplexed me is that she’s not the only person I’ve heard this from. But I decided to drag her along to see if she could open her mind to learn about one of the oldest American events.


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