By Jessica Jones For the Settler Independent
Competitive cowboys and cowgirls will be saddling up for for a full-range of rodeo action at the Big Valley Bustout Rodeo held at the outdoor fairgrounds, north of Stettler July 26th and 27th.
This is the third year the triple approved, semi-professional rodeo will be taking place at the outdoor fairgrounds built atop an old coal mine, said Director of Rodeo Production Tom Cassidy.
“It’s a great rodeo,” Cassidy said, explaining that the Big Valley Bustout Rodeo is run like a professional event, which many cowboys and cowgirls on the rodeo circuit attend.
“This is cowboy and cowgirl country,” he added, noting that there will be a range of events from saddle bronc, bare back, barrel racing, to team roping, steer wrestling and calf roping, just to name a few.
“It’s such a great competition and the rodeo grounds are just beautiful,” Cassidy said, mentioning that the rodeo is approved by the Chinook Rodeo Association, the Foothills Cowboy Association, and the Canadian Cowboys Association.
Other activities include a pancake breakfast on Saturday, July 27th from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., along with the Big Valley Fire Department steak barbecue at the Agriplex, starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th.
A dance will be held on Friday night, along with a fireworks show at dusk. Admission is $10 per day.
This year’s rodeo is dedicated to Cassidy’s uncle, Lyle Cassidy, who passed away last year. Cassidy explained that Lyle was an avid calf roper who supplied many calves to the rodeo.
For more information on this year’s rodeo, contact 403-740-3488.