Celebrating rodeo

Here in the Cariboo-Chilcotin we are proud of our ranching and cowboy heritage.

Here in the Cariboo-Chilcotin we are proud of our ranching and cowboy heritage. The most popular events in our region such as the Cowboy Music Festival in 100 Mile House and the Williams Lake Stampede involve celebrating this important heritage of our region.

So while the weather may still be a little chilly to go to the outdoor rodeo grounds, it will be the perfect temperature to watch some intense rodeo action this weekend for the 24th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo taking place at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

This three day event will surely not disappoint rodeo fans with more than 200 competitors registered competing for one of the largest payouts in our province. I would like to thank President Shaun Oxtoby, the organizing committee and all of the volunteers for their hard work to make this event possible.

There is no doubt that rodeos like this one means a lot to our community. It is a big part of our identity and culture in Williams Lake, and our economy receives significant benefits from visitors coming from all parts of B.C., Canada and even the U.S.

From hotel bookings, additional patrons at our local restaurants, and shoppers at small businesses events like these are important economic generators for our city.

These rodeos exist because of our vibrant ranching and cattle industry in the Cariboo. The 77th Annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale will be held at the Williams Lake Livestock Yard, showcasing world-class livestock from ranches in our region.

It is important to remember that these our ranching industries provide thousands of direct jobs for people in the Cariboo-Chilcotin from ranch hands, livestock veterinarians, and equipment sales people among many more.

I am looking forward to be attending the Bull Sale to meet with local ranchers and producers discussing the issues and concerns you may have.

Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.