Hall of Famer named Steel Wheel Parade Marshal

Three-time Canadian Rodeo Champion and hall of famer Darrell Cholach has been named the 2014 Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede

Botha-area resident Darrell Cholach

Botha-area resident Darrell Cholach

Three-time Canadian Rodeo Champion and hall of famer Darrell Cholach has been named the 2014 Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede honourary parade marshal, the Stettler Regional Board of Trade announced on Aug. 19.

The Botha-area resident will lead the parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Rotary Spray Park and finish at the Stettler Agriplex.

In his career, Cholach won the Canadian Championship in Bareback in 1993, 1996 and 1999. In 1995, he was the Calgary Stampede Champion, in 1999 Cowboy of the Year, and he qualified for the CFR 16 times before he retired about eight years ago.

Cholach continued his involvement with rodeo as a judge and as a teacher, serving on several boards and with rodeo schools before stepping back a bit.

The parade kicks off the sixth annual Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede, which takes place Aug. 30-31. The Rib Cook-Off contest and Steel Wheel Obstacle Challenge take place after the parade, and more events happen throughout Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will cap off with a performance by Emerson Drive.