Teepee Creek Stampede edition 101 officially kicks off today with junior bull riding at 9 a.m.
Today is Family Day at the stampede grounds, with several family oriented events, including a petting zoo.
The main rodeo won’t start until 1 p.m. Friday, but the first night of chuck wagon racing begins tonight at 6:30. Chucks go at 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday as well. Rodeo also goes Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
Despite the Calgary Stampede running at the same time as Teepee Creek’s, they never have issues drawing some of the best competitors.
“We’ve got some pretty top name cowboys coming. Some of the Cassidy boys, Matt Shiozawa in the tie-down roping and a few other names. It’s good, it doesn’t affect us a whole lot. The guys try and fit it in,” explained John Muggaberg, President of the Teepee Creek Stampede Association.
To celebrate Canada 150, they’ve put together an all-Canadian lineup of artists this year. Charlie Major plays tonight, Terri Clark Friday and Gord Bamford on Saturday.
“Feedback’s been really good,” said Muggaberg. “A lot of people are excited and not necessarily for just for one night, they’re talking about all three nights. That’s really good to hear.”
Muggaberg adds ticket sales aren’t quite where he’d like them to be, but is aware of the Peace Region’s reputation for being a last-minute community.
“The whole Peace Country, everybody kind of waits until the end and then shows up.”
Weather permitting, there will be fireworks Friday and Saturday night.
Muggaberg also wanted to note the event could not have run for 101 years without the help of volunteers.
“We’ve got a great group of people there. Super dedicated and work their tails off. We wouldn’t be able to do it without those folks.”
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