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Guts And Gusto - Lea Park Rodeo

Cowboys were brimming with guts and gusto during the 64th Annual Lea Park Rodeo held June 8 - 10. Award-winning cowboys and livestock gathered to compete, providing an entertaining weekend for spectators. Announcers Brett Gardiner and Doug Young thanked the sponsors, volunteers, and the fans. Tickets were purchased throughout the weekend for 50/50 draws, and a Dodge Ram Truck. Twelve-year-old Avery Roberts led the singing of “O’Canada,” and the Lea Park Riders performed the Grand Entry as well as carried flags between each event. Bullfighters on June 8, were Jordan Swanson and Monty Phillips, and pick-up men were Jeff and Jason Resch. The Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team and Lloydminster Animal Hospital were also on scene. Events included Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Bull Riding, a Wild horse Race, as well as novice events. “It was good the weather held out, and everything went really well. When Mother Nature cooperates, it helps quite a bit,” said Lloyd Gray, Lea Park Rodeo Committee President, after the performance on June 8. Throughout the weekend, thousands of rodeo fans enjoyed a range of food and beverages while watching the show. Top notch timed and rough stock performances captivated the audience, and the atmosphere was full of rodeo spirit with a rich history of rodeo traditions that began right in Lea Park. “What a picturesque part of the world it is where the North Saskatchewan and Old Vermilion River meet,” said announcers Brett Gardiner and Doug Young. The Marwayne Rodeo Dance continued on June 9, and a cowboy church service was held on June 10, before the final performance.

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