You know going in, there is no way this isn’t going to hurt. Just hang on for as long as you can, keep your head up and body loose. Your heart beats in your ears, every breath stings with anticipation and adrenaline. The chute opens with an explosion of speed and anger, there’s no getting out of it now… 8 Seconds, that’s all it takes to be a hero in the rodeo world.
But for most cowboys, it’s 7 seconds too long. The heart and passion of rodeo thrives in Alberta’s Lakeland; alive and growing in every community, large or small. This growing tourist attraction intrigues both rural and urban visitors alike. With rodeos expanding their events beyond cowboy and horse, to include events like an agricultural fair, dances, barbeques, little britches and ranch rodeos, team penning and roping, chuckwagons, horse shows, parades andeven a fireworks extravaganza, it’s easy to see why this is a great event for the whole family.
Regardless of all the extra’s, one thing remains true, rodeo is still Man conquering Beast. Bull and Steer riding are some of the main attractions, followed by steer wrestling, barrel racing and calf roping.
The St. Paul Agricultural Association hosts one of the largest events, the Lakeland Finals Rodeo in St Paul, Alberta. This week long event in August pits top cowboys against one another in 5 performances. This event draws the community of St Paul together in a week long celebration of the rodeo culture.
The Kikino Silver Birch Rodeo, located in Kikino, Alberta (just south of Lac La Biche) has enjoyed continued success and growth within the rodeo circuit and has established itself as one of the largest rodeo events in Alberta’s Lakeland. Located all on one site, visitors can enjoy 4 days of camping, rodeo, children’s festival. Don’t forget to stick around for the fireworks display; it attracts hundreds of onlookers from across the region.
Stoney Lake is a community hooked on rodeo, with events and a penning and sorting series that runs from May to September. The Stoney Lake Stampede is their premier event, held over the first weekend of July. This stampede is sure to bring out the western passion in all of its visitors.
Chuckwagon racing is not to be forgotten in Alberta’s Lakeland. The community of Bonnyville hosts the World Pro Chuckwagon Races July 17th - 20th. Also be sure to check out Buffalo Lake Rodeo, Chariot and Chuckwagon races July 18-20th.
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