Taking place in Payson, Arizona, the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo 2018 will be held May 17th through May 19th at the Payson Multi-Event Center. This spring Payson rodeo is one you will not want to miss. It’s a PRCA event filled with excitement, action and fun for the whole family.
The Payson Rodeo is known as the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. The first rodeo in Payson was organized by Abraham Henson Meadows, who became known as “Arizona Charlie” Meadows (1860-1962) and John Collins Chilson (1867-1924). In August of 1884, the first Payson Rodeo took place. It was held at what is now Sawmill Crossing. Horse racing, bronc riding and the roping event as well as some silver dollar pitching were the first held events.
1987 was the year in which the spring rodeo in Payson became the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, to memorialize the passing of Gary Hardt. A talented roper of recognition, Hardt was skilled in bull-riding as well.
At the gate, Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased locally:
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce
Bob’s Western Wear
Circle K, Star Valley
Circle K’s in Payson
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee donated $500 to Donnie Smith and $1000 to the Senior Center. $2000 was donated to the Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group as well.
Things to Do in Payson
After or before the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, hike to Mongollon Rim or see Tonto Natural bridge. Mountain biking trails as well as hiking are in the area. Go fishing or bring binoculars for great bird-watching.
The Media team covering this PRCA rodeo is Cowboy Lifestyle Network, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Earnhardt Auto Centers and Papa John’s Road Team. Cowboy Lifestyle Network is the leading online source and community for everything Western and Country.