<center><b><fontcolor="FF0000">Labor Day brings rodeo to Williams<br>
Bob Dean, Bill Williams Mountain Man and Williams Rodeo Committee Chairman, sits atop of his horse last spring prior to the group’s annual ride. The Bill Williams Mountain Men will serve as this year’s Grand Marshals of the Labor Day Parade Saturday in honor of the group’s 50-year anniversary.
The rodeo costs between $50,000-$60,000 for the four-day event. This year’s rodeo is sponsored by 55 sponsors — several of whom are from as far away as Kingman and Prescott, said Dean.
The Williams Rodeo Committee will be on hand to man the gates, direct parking, sell beverages including beer and soda and assure rodeo fans have a great time. The Williams Kiwanis Club will operate the cook shack. All proceeds from the cook shack will benefit the youth of Williams. Volunteers are crucial to the success of the event, said Dean.
“Thank God for Carol Glassburn. If it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t have anything in Williams,” Dean said.
The tour barrel-racing event set for Friday at 7 p.m. will be offered free of charge. Advance tickets for the rodeo are available at the Williams and Forest Service Visitor’s center, 200 W. Railroad Ave. The cost for a three-day pass for adults is $24 and $12 for children ages 12 and under. The cost of a one-day adult pass is $9 and $4 for children. Gate prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Bill Williams Mountain Men will serve as the Grand Marshals for the parade. Longtime resident William Sutton, Sr. has been selected as the Honorary Grand Marshal.
“Bill’s been around for a long time. He has helped Williams a lot over the years,” Dean said.
Approximately 40 volunteers are needed to assure the rodeo is a success. Many jobs need to be filled including selling beverages, collecting money at the gate, working in the cook shack and directing parking. For more information or to volunteer your time, contact Carol Glassburn at 635-5610 or 635-4503.
A dance will be held Saturday night at the World Famous Sultana located at the corner of Third Street and Route 66. The dance begins at 10 p.m.
For more information, contact the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center at (928)-635-4061 or (800)-863-0546.