The long-awaited Day 1 of Stompede is here.
President Terri Sudnik says it feels good to see the time for the 40th Stompede arrive.
“Eighteen years ago, when I joined this committee, not once did I ever think that I would be able to make such an impact in the community and be part of something larger than life. Stompede, in the last 40 years, has created a momentum and something that’s leaving a legacy for the community.”
Sudnik says ticket sales this year are ahead of last year.
“We’re watching the ticket sales and our ticket sales are, right now, eight percent ahead of where they were last year at this time. So, I think that that’s a good indicator of what’s happening in the community and we’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed for blue skies and sunshine. A little bit of rain on the track never does hurt.”
She believes Stompede has left a legacy in the community.
“The Canadian western heritage that we celebrate and the camaraderie that we have between wagon drivers, rodeo athletes, volunteers in the dirt, on the pavement, it’s something that you’re not going to find anywhere other than the Grande Prairie region.”
Sudnik believes it is “entrepreneurial spirit” and the willingness of volunteers to put in the work that has made Stompede a success.