2017 Wild West Rodeo – Making Memories Alberta Style.

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Guy Weadick Days in High River, Alberta – Pro Rodeo, WPCA Chuckwagons, food trucks and … stop the presses right there. What more can you ask for?

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I lunched on pirogues smothered in caramelized onion, bacon and sour cream. Wow, oh wow!

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Rodeo and chuckwagons are an integral part of High River history and this prairie town knows how to host a bang-up event.

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Guy Weadick, the man the High River Rodeo is named for, is the father of the Stampede tradition in Canada. He came to Fort McLeod in 1904 and fell in love with the area. In 1908, with wife Florence La Due at his side, the pair came to Calgary as part of the Miller Brothers Wild West Show. Guy organized the first ever Calgary Expedition and Stampede in 1912. He went on to introduce the sport of Chuckwagon Racing to the Stampede in 1923.

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Guy and Florence lived west of High River on the Stampede Ranch. They brought Hollywood to the Highwood through their friendships with Will Rogers, Hoot Gibson and Charles Russell. Guy was laid to rest in the High River Cemetery in 1953.

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All of the Pro-Rodeo events were exciting but my granddaughters and I loved the barrel racing best!

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The Chuckwagon Races have always been a big hit in High River. Since first run in 1946, the town’s enthusiasm for the heart-stopping competition has never faded. I can attest to that fact. The crowds were packed in for the Sunday running and the boot stomping excitement when those chucks rounded the last corner shook the huge grandstand.

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During a break in the rodeo action, granddaughter Brit took a fall and scraped her knee, drawing blood. A medical attendant was on the scene in moments. Like I said, a well-organized event!

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I can’t end this blog without reporting on the first event of the day – Woolie Bucks. Kids chase after sheep to snatch envelopes of prize money from their backs. Only at the rodeo, as the saying goes.

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A few last minute instructions and the race is on.

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The sheep were stiff competition but no match for these little cow pokes.

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Run like you stole that money off the back of a sheep!

We recently looked back on the one-year anniversary of the day my daughter and her family sold their home in B.C. and made their way to High River, Alberta. Trepidation was high for Bruce and I. We wondered how this change would effect all our lives. I am happy to report that things have come out as right as B.C. rain. The community of High River has been a special treat for all of us – welcoming and packed with all a young family with growing kids could want as well as special events grandparents can enjoy!

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Yee-haw!

9 comments on “2017 Wild West Rodeo – Making Memories Alberta Style.

  1. Debra says:

    This looks like so much fun! It’s joyful to think of the grand traditions and history of these events, offered to young people who will grow up sharing in appreciation. I’m so glad to learn that your daughter’s move has been a positive experience for you and Bruce, as well.

    • Thanks, Debra. When one door closes another sure opens. We have found over and over in life that such old maxims are so true. It is wonderful for us to be introduced to the history of a new area as well as the traditions.

  2. What a wonderful experience. I have been to a few rodeos in the US as well and always admire the folks out there! Great shots of all. The last photo of your granddaughters (I think) is wonderful and lovely things turned out well for all with the move. A fun post!

  3. Roy McCarthy says:

    Great to see old traditions still being observed and celebrated, wherever they may be. There’s a proper Annie Oakley there with her six-shooter 🙂

  4. jane tims says:

    I remember attending the rodeo in Medicine Hat when I lived there 50 years ago. Of course, I loved the parade, people in hats on beautiful horses!

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