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Payson Pro Rodeo 2021: World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo

Excitement is coming your way! Taking place in beautiful Payson, AZ from August 20-21, the 138th consecutive Payson Rodeo 2021 is ready to kick open the chutes! As the world’s oldest continuous rodeo, this awesome PRCA event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser filled with action, talent, and fun. Bringing in all kinds of crowds for the two-day event, make sure to mark your calendars now!


Founded in 1882, the town of Payson AZ was first known as Green Valley. in 1884 the town’s name was changed, honoring Illinois Representative Lewis E. Payson. “Arizona Charlie”, Abraham Henson Meadows, was one of the organizers of the first Payson Rodeo, along with John Collins Chilson. Early Payson rodeos weren’t held in fancy arenas. In fact, the original venue was a meadow near the intersection of Main Street and Highway 87/The Beeline. Wagons and later autos created barriers to line Main Street to form the ‘arena’. This year’s activities will feature everything from beautiful rodeo royalty to the Shiner’s participation in the annual rodeo parade.

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Friday, August 20th

  • Payson Pro Rodeo Performance #1 – Tough Enough To Wear Pink |Gates open @ 5 PM | Performance @ 7 PM | Proceeds to benefit local breast cancer awareness programs | Buy tickets here.
  • After party following the rodeo, band starts at 9pm

Saturday, August 21th

  • Rodeo Parade | 9 AM | Historic Main Street in Payson, Arizona
  • Payson Pro Rodeo Performance #2 | Gates open @ 11 AM | Performance @ 1PM | Buy tickets here.
  • Payson Pro Rodeo Performance #3 – Patriot Performance | Gates open @ 5 PM | Performance @ 7PM | Active Military receive Free Admission Every Day | Buy tickets here.
  • After party following the rodeo, band starts at 9pm

Rodeo After Party

Adding to the fun on Friday and Saturday night you can kick up your heels at the Payson Pro Rodeo after party and dance at the Payson Rodeo Grounds.  The band will begin playing at 9 PM each night and there is no cover charge for rodeo ticket holders and families are welcome. The cover charge is only $5.00 if you did not attend the rodeo, all are welcome.

Rodeo Parade

The rodeo festivities include the Rodeo Parade.  It will be held on August 21, starting at 9:00 AM, on Historic Main Street in Payson, Arizona. The Parade is sponsored by The Rim Country Kiwanis of Zane Gray Country.  It will include clowns, rodeo queens, and their courts, Payson High School Band, local floats, riders, first responder teams, and many other great entries from all over Arizona.   Join in the fun when real cowboys and cowgirls strut their stuff, along with floats, cars, tractors, team bands, and units of the El Zaribah Shriners.  The parade will go east from Green Valley Park along Main street to Sawmill Crossing.  Announcers along the parade route will keep you posted on the coming entries and provide music for your entertainment.  So, bring your “mountain” chair, water, and the kids, and enjoy a great morning with some fabulous entertainment, antique cars, clowns, horses, and help Rim Country celebrate The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.  For parade applications, please go to the Chamber or to .  Applications are due by August 1st.

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Ticket Information

Admission (pre-sale) is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 65+, $10 for kids 8-12, free for children 7 and under, as well as any active military. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Sponsorship and Charities

Among the popular sponsors for the Payson Pro Rodeo 2021 event is Coors Beer. Other sponsors include:

  • Wrangler
  • Town of Payson
  • Justin Boots
  • Coca-Cola
  • Resistol and so many more!

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee takes pride in its work, stating,

Our mission is to take all of the proceeds [of our events] and give them to charitable organizations in our community that can really use the money to further their cause. It is with great pride that we are able to give back to our community.

Make sure to follow Payson Pro Rodeo on your favorite social channels by clicking on the links below. See you at the rodeo!

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