• Lorna Hamilton

Wainwright Stampede Cancelled

Updated: Jun 3


One of the many picture perfect teams roping. Photo Robert John Molino

The Wainwright Frontier & Exhibition Agricultural Society has been in existence since February 1954. The first Wainwright Stampede was in June of the same year and has provided attendees fast-paced performances of the Canadian Professional Rodeo, Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Race, the Downtown Parade, amusement rides, and a Cabaret since its inception.

Regrettably, in 2020, the Association was forced to cancel the event due to COVID-19, and once again, its fate has been met with the same disappointment in 2021.

“After thoughtful deliberation, the Wainwright Stampede Association has made the tough decision to cancel our 2021 event due to the current restrictions set out by Alberta Health Services,” said Wainwright Frontier & Exhibition Agricultural Society, President Murray Bretzer.

Bretzer also says that while the cancellations haven’t affected the society itself in terms of the volunteers, it has undoubtedly affected the community.

“Many of our community organizations and businesses use the Stampede as one of their major fundraisers whether, it is the pancake breakfasts that happen each day of the event or another fundraiser that the organizations hold throughout, so it has definitely affected our community,” explained Bretzer. “We are really hoping that next year we will be able to go ahead whether it still has some sort of restrictions or not, and we are hoping for it to be better than ever. Nobody wanted to cancel but, the safety of our community is of utmost importance to all of us.”

Bretzer also noted that rural Alberta cowboys and cowgirls are fortunate as even during the lockdowns they are still able to get out and ride in pastures and arenas etc. which also helps them practice for next years Stampede.

The Wainwright Stampede Association would like to recognize all of those involved in making the Stampede such a successful event.

“The Stampede Association would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers, committee members, contestants, and fans for their past involvement and support during these difficult times. The 2022 Wainwright Stampede will be an event to celebrate our western heritage and commitment to our community. We look forward to seeing you next June,” stated Bretzer.

Bretzer also says that while the cancellations haven’t affected the society itself in terms of the volunteers, it has undoubtedly affected the community.

“Many of our community organizations and businesses use the Stampede as one of their major fundraisers whether, it is the pancake breakfasts that happen each day of the event or another fundraiser that the organizations hold throughout, so it has definitely affected our community,” explained Bretzer. “We are really hoping that next year we will be able to go ahead whether it still has some sort of restrictions or not, and we are hoping for it to be better than ever. Nobody wanted to cancel but, the safety of our community is of utmost importance to all of us.”

Bretzer also noted that rural Alberta cowboys and cowgirls are fortunate as even during the lockdowns they are still able to get out and ride in pastures and arenas etc. which also helps them practice for next years Stampede.

The Wainwright Stampede Association would like to recognize all of those involved in making the Stampede such a successful event.

“The Stampede Association would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers, committee members, contestants, and fans for their past involvement and support during these difficult times. The 2022 Wainwright Stampede will be an event to celebrate our western heritage and commitment to our community. We look forward to seeing you next June,” stated Bretzer.

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