August – The month for all the Doins’ in Rim Country

World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo

August has always been the month where all types of fun happens in Payson, Arizona and Rim Country. For over 135 years the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo has been thundering in to Payson on the 3rd weekend of the month. Bringing with it history, nostalgia, cowboys, music, food and Fun

In 1884, Payson hosted its first “August Doin’s,” a rodeo that gave local ranchers and cowhands a chance to show off their roping skills and cow ponies during the annual “down time” before the big fall roundup. There were only a couple of events in those early rodeos, but it was not long before cowboys from all over the state were showing up to compete in new events like bronc busting, bull riding, and steer roping.

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 form the ‘arena’. An extra attraction: gambling tables were set up in the open street, especially at the intersection of Mclane Road and Main Street. But there was a wholesome side to those early rodeos as well. As local historian Jinx Pyle put it, “they became week-long celebrations that rivaled Christmas as a time when family and friends gathered for reunions and visiting”. Area ranchers would begin preparation weeks in advance, so food would be ready to feed all the visitors and relatives.

The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo (August Doin's) is still held the third weekend in August. The Payson Rodeo was named the country’s Best Small-Town Rodeo by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which sanctions the event, and True West magazine named it the Best Small Town PRCA Rodeo in the West.

Fast forward 135 years, and Payson's annual rodeo is still going strong.

The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo is a world-famous event that features plenty of heart-pounding events including bull riding, steer roping and bronc busting. But everyone’s favorite is the local hometown flare that comes with the Mutton Bustin’ event. Local kids are invited to sign up and ride a “Mutton” or a sheep. Some hold on for dear life, others fall off at the first movement but all smile ear to ear at the experience.

We invite you to get out of the heat and take the 90 Minute drive from Phoenix to enjoy one of Arizona’s honored traditions…the sport of rodeo, better yet the “Birth Place of the Modern-Day Rodeo”.

This years Rodeo will be held at the Payson Event Center located at 1400 S. Beeline Highway on August 16-18, 2018. Performances fill up fast, so it is always a good idea to get your tickets early.

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Rodeo Parade Down Payson’s Historic Main Street

Bring the kids, the family and come enjoy one of the oldest traditions in the State of Arizona - it’s the August Doin's World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade. Be entertained by the APS Clowns, horseback riders, float designers, local businesses and much more.

The Rodeo Parade has been a tradition that locals and visitors alike have come to enjoy for many years. Come spend the morning with us at 9:00 AM down on Historic Main Street and then in the afternoon go out to the Rodeo. It is a great time here in Payson, Arizona's Cool Mountain Town!

Payson Food Truck Festival

Food trucks, Music and Games – OH MY!

In 2017 a brand-new event burst on to the scene in Payson, Arizona and it proves to be a hum dinger this year. The event is called the Annual Payson Food Truck Festival and this year it boasts over 25 different food trucks. Featured is everything from gourmet lobster to huge Hawaiian shaved ice treats to BBQ and amazing Cajun food. Last year Cousin’s Main Lobster Sold out of product and said that they sold more at the Payson Food Truck Festival than they did at the NCAA Championship games at University of Phoenix Stadium. WOW…that is a lot of food. So, if you want lobster you might want to get there early.

This year the event starts on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 am and goes till 9:00 pm. This awesome event is held at what many call the “Jewel of Payson” Green Valley Park located at 1000 W Country Club Dr, Payson, AZ 85541. It is a perfect location to host this event with its lush green lawns, fishing lakes, brand new kids’ playground and amphitheater that will feature 4 bands (John Scott Band, Junction 87, The Big Fellahs Band and Lane Change).

As your hometown local Real Estate agency, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Advantage Realty is happy to bring you this information and hope you will come and Adventure Where We live. We think Payson and Rim Country is a pretty special place and we think you might like it to. If we can help answer any questions during your visit or if you would like to have one of our agents show you some homes in the area, please give us a call.

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