What an exciting weekend we have coming up here in Williams Lake! With the Williams Lake Stampede bringing four days of rodeo fun and Canada Day celebrations topping off the long weekend, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
This will be the Stampede’s 87th year, celebrating a legacy of cowboy spirit and community fun. There will be a lot of tourists coming in from all over the province, the country, and even from overseas to enjoy the Stampede, and anyone that has been here for past editions of this event knows why. The rodeo is sure to amaze, with bull riding, barrel racing, bronc riding, tie down roping, and much more.
Apart from the rodeo, there will also be a parade, a street party, steak out dinner, and plenty of other events, making for great family fun. One of the most popular events every year is the Mountain Race, where riders come skyrocketing down the mountain on horseback and finish right at the grand stand, where you can be a part of the excitement and cheer on the riders.
I can’t wait to take part in some of the Stampede events myself, and I’m especially looking forward to lending a hand at the rotary breakfast, attending the rodeo, and participating in the parade. I hope you will join me in celebrating our community at all these events as well as at Canada Day festivities in both Williams Lake and 108 Mile House.
On Friday, don’t forget to wear red to the rodeo to show your support for the men and women serving in our armed forces. These selfless men and women serve with distinction whenever and wherever our country calls on them, so let’s recognize their dedication by wearing red this Friday.
Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.