The Payson Care Center float participating in the parade

On Aug. 19, 2017, Payson Care Center in Payson, Arizona, continued its tradition of participating in the community’s annual Rodeo Parade.


This year’s theme for the parade was “Adventure Where We Live.” Payson Care Center took that theme and ran with it. Rick Brennan, marketing director, and Sheri Kovar, admissions director, came up with a fishing theme.


Associates covered the facility bus with camping and trail signs, as well as some tree and fish stick-ons. The back of the bus sported a banner that said, “Gone fishing. Catch you later,” and a tent and fake campfire rode on top of the vehicle. Associates dressed in green ranger-style T-shirts and carried a banner along the parade route, as well as a directional trail sign with a couple of regional nature spots.


Residents were not to be left out, either. Several residents from the long-term care units boarded the bus in cowboy hats and scarves for the parade.


“The residents all just kept stating that they could not believe they were in a parade,” said Kovar. “They really enjoyed the cowboy hats.”


The Rodeo Parade was part of the Payson Pro Rodeo, the world’s oldest continuous rodeo, which brings in thousands of visitors each year.

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