Stettler Town Council will sponsor the Steel Wheel Stampede with $10,000 in both 2018 and 2019.
The decision was made during their regular meeting on March 20, after council was informed of plans for the outdoor rodeo happening June 7-9.
This year the event will be three days instead of two, as 2018 marks 10 years for the Steel Wheel Stampede.
Mayor Sean Nolls sits on this committee, and abstained from the vote to make the presentation with Sponsorship Chair Earl Radford and Vice-Chair Terry Baltimore.
The rodeo committee has been in contact with midway companies around the province, but were told they are not interested in returning this year.
The midway was also absent in 2017, so bouncy houses and a lazer tag maze were brought into the rodeo grounds.
A circus has been booked for this year, along with other entertainment still to be announced.
Following the presentation, a motion was passed to support the Steel Wheel Stampede with $10,000 in each of the next two years.
The rodeo was supported by the town in it’s first year, but was self-sustaining until last year when they approached the Town of Stettler again for assistance.
Last year, council funded the rodeo with $10,000 through the Stettler Board of Trade’s Community Development Fund.
The Steel Wheel Stampede Committee also separated from the Stettler Ag. Society in 2017, which means they can now apply for grant funding as their own society.