“A Jewel in the Crown”: Canadian Rodeo Final Expects 30,000 Visitors in Red Deer
Phipps, a former CFR bareback competitor and high school teacher, says the event is very important to cowboys and cowgirls as they have competed in approximately 56 CPRA events throughout the year with every dollar earned representing a point in their final standings. He says the payout is the biggest of the year and is among the top five prizes in the world, with some potentially walking away this weekend with up to $60,000.
“Really, what excites me the most is seeing some of the CFR rookies who have never made the Canadian final and seeing how they deal with the nervousness the first time around, seeing who shows up at the height and see who is struggling,” he said. said.
Westerner Park general manager Mike Olesen said the event was not only profitable for competitors, but also for the local economy.
“Our community will experience an economic impact of over $35 million during this time and I think you will see it primarily in the retail sector and certainly in the hotels and restaurants that will reap the benefits because a number of people are coming to town,” he said.
The CFR Trade Show will be open to the public each day, featuring vendors from the agriculture, western fashion and regional lifestyle sectors such as sports and recreational vehicles. Meanwhile, Kody Lamb will perform live until Saturday on the CFR trade show stage alongside the Miss Rodeo Canada competition until Friday.
Along with free entry to the Cowboy Sh*t Watch Party held Wednesday through Saturday, there’s also the SweetPro Plaza Tailgate Party, featuring a different performer each day through Sunday, so guests can enjoy fire pits and games before heading to the arena for the main rodeo.
CFR Rodeo events and their 2022 qualifiers include:
Full daily schedules are available on the CFR website.
Each day will be composed of different themes with Alberta artists during the half-time shows:
- Wednesday, November 2: Plaid for Dad – In honor of the First Nations, the halftime show features world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand Jr and dancer Alicia Chevonnec, to the music of one of the best First Nations DJs in the world. country.
- Thursday, November 3: Boucles & Bling – 12-year-old Roman Rider Piper Yule and Canadian County Music Association (CCMA) Hall of Famer Tyler Vollarth.
- Friday, November 4: Harvest – Multi-award winning violinists Tyler Vollarth and Allison Granger
- Saturday, November 5: Canadian Smoking – CCMA and Western Canadian Music Awards winner Nice Horse performs with Canadian Equestrian Champions Shelby Pierson and Bella Da Costa
After each rodeo, the live “Cabaret Coral” country music lineup includes Garrett Gregory, Brettyn Rose, Drew Gregory and Ben Chase, respectively each day until Saturday.
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While rodeo events take place from 6-8:30 p.m. November 2-5, an additional event will take place on Saturday from 12-2:30 p.m. with an H Bar Auctions horse sale at 3 p.m.
On Sunday, with the theme of the Gold and Red Championship, the Christian Cowboy Community will host a Cowboy Church at 11 a.m., and the CFR Championship Performance will take place from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. before the final presentations.
Phipps says many outlying events are either new to this year’s CFR or reborn from pre-2020 CFRs. A secondary arena will open at the Stockmens Pavilion where there will be dummy lassoing for children and professional bullfighter Brett Monea will teach children the ultimate bullfighting experience.
Olesen also says that in the wake of the pandemic, he is excited to showcase how adaptable the facilities at Westerner Park are to audiences in delivering a world-class event to central Alberta and the world.
“Nothing could have been more frustrating last year when we had no time at all [to plan] and you’re really trying to pull it off,” he said.
“What I’m excited for, for our team and the army behind it, is that they’ve really had a chance to plan this year, which then gives us the best chance to deliver a product that meets our own expectations that would be as high as anyone.”
While many activities are free, tickets for rodeo events are available online. Other activities are also available on the CFR website.
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