World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson

(Cox7 advertiser) Known as the “World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo” the Payson Rodeo will celebrate 132 years of rodeo August 18-20, at the Payson Event Center. John Landino, Payson Rodeo Committee, says the rodeo started in 1884 down on Main Street across from the old Oxbow Saloon. The start was cowboys getting together to show off their skills and blow off some steam after the roundup. 

Today the rodeo has over 200 cowboys and cowgirls competing. Visitors from Arizona and around the world come to Payson for the Rodeo. While the rodeo tourism gives a boost to the Payson economy, the main goal is to raise funds for local charities. A big emphasis is on scholarships for local high school students. They also support breast cancer support groups and veterans groups.   

Landino says a major purpose of the rodeo is to keep the Western heritage and lifestyle alive in Payson. 

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City of Payson:

- Zane Grey Cabin & Rim Country Museum 

- Payson Golf Course

- World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo

- Mazatzal Hotel and Casino

- Tonto Natural Bridge and State Park