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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Wainwright Stampede


Chuckwagon races at the Wainwright Stampede. Photo Sue Chikie

The Wainwright Stampede took place from June 23 to 25, bringing three action-packed days of thrilling rodeo performances and heart-pounding chuckwagon races to rodeo enthusiasts and families alike. As one of the top professional rodeos in Canada, the Wainwright Stampede delivered a remarkable experience for attendees.

The event kicked off on June 22 with the Rodeo Slack, starting at 8 a.m., setting the stage for an exhilarating weekend. Throughout the three days, there were four rodeo CPRA Rodeo performances, showcasing a variety of events such as Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bull Riding, Bareback, and Ladies Breakaway Roping. These performances provided spectators with an opportunity to witness the incredible skills and bravery of talented rodeo professionals.

On June 23, the chuckwagons kicked off the Friday events at 5 p.m. with Todd Baptiste – S.O.R.E Oilfield 1st place with a time of 01:02.86, followed by the rodeo beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Rodeo Dance at the Elks Hall featured Mitch Larock and the 4:54 band, a country-rock group hailing from Eatonia, Saskatchewan.

On June 24, the Wainwright Stampede continued to captivate audiences with the Downtown parade, themed “Celebrating the 70th Annual Wainwright Stampede,” which started at 10 a.m. This procession set the tone for a day filled with excitement. The rodeo performances commenced at 1 p.m., providing attendees with more opportunities to witness the incredible skills of the participating athletes. Additionally, the CPCA Chuckwagon Races took place at 5 p.m. with Preston Faithful coming in 1st with a time of 01:02.9. The Rodeo Under the Lights took place at 9 p.m. For those looking to enjoy live music, the Stampade Cabaret at Wainwright PMM featured Jaywalker, a dynamic musical duo known for their catchy, heartfelt, and authentic songs.

The final day of the Wainwright Stampede, June 25, was a thrilling conclusion to the event. The CPCA Chuckwagon Race hit the tracks at 2 p.m., showcasing the speed and skill of the chuckwagon racers. Later in the day, at 6:30 p.m., the Rodeo Battle for the Buckles took place, ensuring that spectators witnessed intense competition as athletes vied for victory.

Throughout the three-day event, attendees had the opportunity to enjoy West Coast Amusements, offering over 15 rides, 15 games, and 12 food venues. From classic fair favourites like cotton candy and candy apples to more popular treats like poutine and Hawaiian shaved ice, there was something for everyone to savour. Additionally, various pancake breakfasts and lunches were available throughout the week, adding to the festive atmosphere.

As an added bonus, the Wainwright Frontier and Exhibition Agricultural Society held a 50/50 raffle at every performance, providing attendees with seven chances to win a substantial prize. But that’s not all – those looking for a chance to win a 2023 RAM 1500 had the opportunity to purchase tickets from any committee member or at Hi-Way Service Petro Canada, Paul’s Trailers & Truck Outfitting, and Wainalta Motors.

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