Payson's Historic Oxbow Inn & Saloon

Payson's Famous Rodeo: World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo and the Country's Best Small Rodeo

The Payson Rodeo was originlly called “The August Doin’s” and was a week long party where family and friends gathered for reunions and visiting. It started in 1884, when Charley Meadows and John Chilson decided to break the summer doldrums by holding calf roping, bulldogging, and bronco riding competitions right in front of the Oxbow Inn and Saloon. In those days Payson was a real cow town complete with cattle drives down the main street. This tradition has continued and the Payson rodeo is still held the third full weekend in August when you can experience the exhilaration of rodeo, the sport of the Old West! Some of the world’s greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls will keep you on the edge of your seat, for over two hours. They'll compete for cash and prizes totaling in excess of more than $50,000 in prize money. Fearless bull riders, steer wrestlers, gorgeous bronc riders,specialty acts, and colorful clowns will keep you entertained and shouting for more.

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Historic Payson Landmark National Register Historic Places
Listed 10/01/04  #04001073
Payson, Arizona, USA
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