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HISTORY OF THE PAYSON RODEO
Payson has always been known as a rough and tumble town. Up until the early 1960's, it was super hard to get to Payson due to its geographical position in the state of Arizona. This meant that people who lived here had to find ways to entertain themselves. In the early years, many of the local ranches would get together to demonstrate their cowhand skills and show off their horses. Horse races were a favorite event at the early rodeos. Family's loved this time of year, it rivaled Christmas because everyone would return home for the "August Doins" and the great celebration that would ensue.
The Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo came along many years after and has become a favorite in the spring-time.
Read more about the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo below.