Hold on to your hat, the 89th annual Williams Lake Stampede is upon us once again and promises to be a great show.
Stampede volunteers have been out in full force for some time now making sure the Stampede Grounds are in tip top shape for this year’s event.
The action kicks off Friday with the first rodeo performance getting underway at 12:45 p.m. and the second starting at 6:45 p.m.
Friday is family day with children 12 and under getting in to the rodeos for free. Those attending Friday evening’s performance are encouraged to wear red to support our Armed Forces.
As well as several pancake breakfasts and steak-outs being offered around town throughout the weekend, the Stampede wouldn’t be the same without the always popular Daybreak Rotary Stampede Parade. This year’s theme for the parade is Be a Gift to the World : A Tribute to Volunteers.
The parade gets underway Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by the Stampede Street Party immediately following, showcasing all that our fine downtown businesses have to offer.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday the rodeos will start at 1:45 p.m.
Rodeo goers can expect many thrills and spills at this year’s event, with top cowboys coming from across Canada and the U.S. to compete for cash prizes.
Back by popular demand will be the Global FMX Professional Freestyle Motocross, Wild Cowgirls Race, the Ranch Challenge and, of course, the thrilling Mountain Race.
For more on the Williams Lake Stampede and the people and places in our region, look for a copy of the Williams Lake Tribune’s 47th annual Casual Country on stands now. We wish everyone a safe and fun Stampede weekend.
– Williams Lake Tribune