By Matt Beauchamp, Content Contributor
As we officially enter the summer season we get closer to the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.’
And while the Calgary Stampede has grown in size to welcome hundreds of thousands of people, what’s often forgotten is, at its core, it’s a rodeo.
Among the new and strange food items, and the assortment of entertainment options, the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls compete for huge cash prizes.
However, many people forget it’s not the only rodeo in the Calgary Region.
Airdrie Pro Rodeo provides true cowboy experience
If you are looking for an experience more intimate, that’s not-for-profit and celebrates true cowboy spirit, then the Airdrie Pro Rodeo is for you.
This year, the Rodeo takes place from June 28 to July 2.
“(The Airdrie Rodeo) is one of the top events on the Pro Rodeo Canada Series, with one of the highest purses in that series for cowboys and cowgirls to compete for, and happens during the peak of the rodeo season, cowboy Christmas,” said Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Katy Lucas. “Competition is tough that time of year with some of the best professional athletes from Canada and the United States coming out to wow fans.”
The Airdrie Rodeo has cowboys and cowgirls competing in a number of events including:
- saddle bronc riding,
- bareback riding,
- bull riding,
- down roping,
- steer wrestling,
- ladies barrel racing, and
- team roping, with a total payout of over $125,000.
There’s something to do for the whole family
The Airdrie Pro Rodeo has events and activities for the whole family.
Children can get their face painted, play in a bouncy castle, go on wagon rides and even enter the free junior rodeo events.
Pre-registration is required, so visit the website for more information.
Celebrating 50 years
2016 marks the 50th year of the Airdrie Pro Rodeo.
It has only grown in size over the years, with hopes for another successful 50 years in the future.
As one of Canada’s top 10 rodeos, the Airdrie Pro Rodeo is truly one of the Calgary Region’s success stories.
“The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association hopes fans from Airdrie and the surrounding area will come out and support an event that supports the community,” said Lucas. “Rodeos have huge economic impacts on the towns and cities they inhabit and the more a community can work together, whether it be by volunteering your time, spreading the word or contributing by attending the event, the more impact that rodeo will have on the community.”
Be part of the action or just enjoy the show
Pre-sale tickets are available from June 1-June 26th.
Adult tickets for this year’s rodeo are $18 in advance and $20 at the gates.
Five-day rodeo passes can be purchased for $80.
The Airdrie Rodeo is 100 percent volunteer driven, so if you’d like to participate, or just want more information, visit the Airdrie Pro Rodeo website for more information.
Matt Beauchamp is a Calgary writer and owner of MRB Ink.