Willie Crosina (wearing his new rodeo-club jacket) tips his hat in ‘Thanks’ to the Williams Lake High School Rodeo Club (and to the crowd) — in appreciation for the surprise gift presented by club members Wyatt Armes and Kaylee Billyboy (reigning BC High School Rodeo Association Princess).

Willie Crosina (wearing his new rodeo-club jacket) tips his hat in ‘Thanks’ to the Williams Lake High School Rodeo Club (and to the crowd) — in appreciation for the surprise gift presented by club members Wyatt Armes and Kaylee Billyboy (reigning BC High School Rodeo Association Princess).

Willie Crosina a fixture at high school rodeo

It was some time in the 1960s — no one can quite remember the exact year — when Willie Crosina volunteered at the WL High School Rodeo.

It was some time in the 1960s — no one can quite remember the exact year — when Willie Crosina volunteered at the first ever Williams Lake High School Rodeo.

Crosina was a bull fighter then, when the rodeo was held in McLeese Lake.

Today, 45-plus years later and at 90 years of age, Crosina’s missed just one year of the event and is a fixture in the announcer’s booth.

“I missed just one and that was because I was sick,” he said with his trademark smile. “I do remember the first one. I was there, and I wasn’t a contestant.”

During this year’s Williams Lake High School Rodeo held May 1-3 Crosina was presented a special jacket in recognition of his many years of volunteering from the Williams Lake High School Rodeo Club — a jacket he wore proudly while calling the action for the entire weekend.