• Lorna Hamilton

Bruce Stampede


The 108th Bruce Stampede is set to go ahead from July 31- August 1. The Stampede has been in existence since 1914 and is classified as Canada’s oldest one-day pro rodeo. Since its inception, the Bruce Stampede has hosted riders, ropers, and racers. According to their website http://www.brucestampede.ca it has hosted the bravest cowboys and cowgirls the Rodeo World has to offer. The site also states that “not only does it offer an action packed day of CPRA Pro Rodeo events, it also offers fun rodeo events and stampede activities that locals, amateurs, and families can participate in all weekend long.”

On July 30 at 5 p.m. the ABRA Jackpot will provide attendees the opportunity to watch competitors Turn & Burn as they run patterns around the barrels and aim for the fastest time. Moving to the next day July 31, Rodeo goers can cheer on the local amateur kids and adults as they compete in various rodeo events. Children 12 and under can enter the grounds for free, while 12 and over with a $10 admission. This event will start at 12:30 p.m. and after the local rodeo, the Mule Races will begin.

If the CPRA is what tickles one's fancy, you can get a sneak peek at the time events and cheer on the slack performance at 6 p.m. free of charge. Adult-only entertainment will start at 9 p.m. where attendees can enjoy a dance and cash bar, admission is $10.

On August 1st, the day will start with a pancake breakfast at both the Rodeo Grounds and the Bruce Community Centre, which is located on the north side of Bruce from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. With full tummies, you can move on for the Grand Parade which will be showcased starting at the community centre at 10 a.m. moving its way through Mainstreet. A gospel Christian Cowboys service will also be held at the Rodeo ground at 11 a.m. and a Horseshoe Tournament will start at 11 a.m.

The main attraction for the day the CPRA Pro Rodeo events will start at 1 p.m. with the admission of $20 per person except for children 12 and under.

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