The Teepee Creek Stampede executive wants the 2021 event to come out of the chutes without a hitch.
They are pulling out all the stops to make sure that this year to make sure the 104th event happens. Scheduled for July 8 to 11, the rodeo will include many of the regular features, with a few key ones missing.
"Last year was a pretty big blow, when something that has gone on for that many years can't take place. Even if it was out of our control, it's still tough to be a part of the group that couldn't make it happen. We're a dedicated group of individuals who work tirelessly to put it on," said Steven Meurs, Teepee Creek Stampede president.
The stampede began in 1917, with 2021 originally on pace to be the 105th edition.
"There will be some big changes, but we are doing what we can to have a rodeo, and have it be somewhat like what it was and do it safely. If there is a way to do it, we'll do it, it will just have to be modified."
There won't be any beer gardens or concerts this year. Though current Alberta PHO restrictions aren't prohibiting larger outdoor gatherings and events, Meurs and the board of directors are optimistic they'll be able to have 500 people in the stands, with sponsors getting priority.
"It will depend entirely on what the restrictions are at that time, but if we can bring in a couple hundred fans we will absolutely do that."
Either way, the rodeo will be available through live-stream so that those who can't attend can watch at home.
While having a Teepee Creek Stampede without gate sales isn't ideal, Meurs said thanks to its group of sponsors, the event will go ahead. Meurs has heard from a lot of rodeo and chuckwagon participants who can't wait to get back to competing this summer.
"For a lot of them, the rodeos are a big part of their finances over the summer. Everyone is pretty anxious to get back to doing what they love to do."
The "Four Days in the Wild" will start with the Wagon Master community event on Thursday, July 8, followed by the junior rodeo, barrel racing jackpot, and team roping jackpot on Friday, July 9. The real action takes place Saturday and Sunday with the pro rodeo and chuckwagon races.
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