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This year’s rodeo parade included Shriners with a camel, queens on horseback, Hot Shots on firetrucks and a host of delightful oddities.

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Rodeo Parade yields galumphing surprise - offbeat history

She came for the love of horses and got a camel of a surprise. Heather Artis, 10, and fellow parade-goers were treated to an array of entrants at the town’s oldest Rodeo parade Saturday morning, including two, one-hump camels, courtesy of the El Zaribah Shriners of the Valley. And although camels on Main Street surprised almost everyone, Heather, a Charlotte, N.C. native, flew to Payson for one reason and one reason only — Rodeo!


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