Come join us for a fun time! You can buy your tickets now online. Gates open at 5pm and the event starts at 7pm. We're excited to see you there!
Before you come, though, there's a few things to remember so that it's a safe and enjoyable time for everyone!
1. No liquor/liquids in or out of the rodeo grounds, this includes water bottles. These items can be purchased at the rodeo
2. All bags/backpacks are subject to search
3. No weapons (guns, knives, explosives, etc)
4. No Strollers in the bleachers. Stroller parking areas are provided below the bleacher areas
5. No Coolers allowed, hard or soft sided
6. No pop-up canopies or oversized umbrellas allowed
What's our history? Find out here:
During its earliest years, Payson's Spring Rodeo was part of the National Old-Timers Rodeo Association, now known as the Senior Pro Rodeo Tour.
In 1987 it became the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo to honor the memory of the Payson native who died in 1987.
Hardt was a well-known roper. He was recognized throughout the Southwest for his bull riding and roping talents. His rodeo career began in 1962 at the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson.
As a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, Hardt rode bulls for about 20 years. During the last 10 years of his work in rodeo, he became a well-established roper as well.
This memorial event benefits local youth with educational and athletic achievements. The event is coordinated by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, led by Bill Armstrong.