Halfway River First Nation is saddling up to host its biggest rodeo yet. From August 17 to 19, the rodeo will feature more than 200 entries, to go along with new events.
“This will be the biggest Halfway River Rodeo in the 18 years we’ve had it. It’s a beautiful spot in the valley to watch rodeo, we have good prizes, and are expecting a busy weekend,” organizer Jeff Metecheah said.
On August 17, a gymkhana event will take place during the day, beginning at 10 a.m. Kids of all ages from the Peace Region will compete in fun events and learn about rodeo and cattle as they go, with everyone winning a prize.
Later that day at 6 p.m., Halfway River will welcome cowboys from Bull Riders Canada Inc. for a professional bull riding competition. Twenty-five riders will start, with eight making the short go for the cash prize. A junior bull riding event for local riders will be held as well.
The main rodeo gets started Saturday, August 18. The junior rodeo events will start at 11 a.m. each day, with the adult events going at 2 p.m. A free pancake breakfast will be held Saturday and Sunday morning, with a dance taking place Saturday night.
“We are really proud of our rodeo and put a lot of work into the grounds each year. The late Chief Bernie Metecheah and Jasper Wokely started this rodeo and we want to keep it going in their honour,” Metecheah said.
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