During their regular meeting Nov. 8, County of Stettler council decided to support a local rodeo financially as the event reaches its 10th year. All councilors were present for the meeting.
CAO Tim Fox presented councilors with a letter sent by the Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede, signed by Earl Radford, sponsorship chair and Terry Baltimore, chair.
“The Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede committee is soliciting sponsorships from the County of Stettler,” stated the letter dated Oct. 16.
“The Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede 10th year anniversary is upon us and is an integral part of the town and county experience. This year we look forward to including a multitude of activities including rodeo, parade, market, midway, antique tractor rodeo, antique tractor show and shine, junior steer and heifer show and farm and ranch show
“We have received generous support from both town and county businesses in the past. Thank you for your considerations.”
Councilors discussed the request, noting the stampede is scheduled for June, 2018. It was stated during debate that the County of Stettler doesn’t financially support any rodeos in the municipality, but then that statement was corrected to note that the municipality did sponsor a chute at the youth roughstock event.
Councilor Wayne Nixon moved the county provide a $500 donation to the stampede from the Rural Development Fund, which was passed unanimously by council.