Zane Lambert got off to a good start at the CFR, riding White Tie to a 86.5 score on opening night Oct. 29, 2019 - good enough for second place in the round. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

The 2020 Canadian Finals Rodeo has been cancelled 

CFR47 postponed until 2021

The would-be 47th annual Canadian Finals Rodeo, which was to be held on Nov. 3 to 8, 2020, has been cancelled.

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) announced in a news release on June 24, that the CPRA, Westerner Park and the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce made the decision to postpone until 2021 due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

“With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 related health guidelines and the cancellation of many qualifying rodeos this summer, they determined the standard of excellence and quality of experience that fans and competitors expect from the Canadian Finals Rodeo would not be achievable this year,” stated the release.

“The health, safety and protection of our athletes, animals and guests is always our top priority,” said Jeff Robson, general manager of CPRA in the release.

“During these uncertain times, and considering the pandemic, economic instability and reality of the extensive preparation that goes into a successful rodeo, we know it is the right decision to postpone this year’s event.”

The CFR is a world-class, national championship rodeo that attracts over 43,000 attendees, contributing approximately $37 million to the local economy over the six-day event and beyond.

READ MORE: No Ponoka Stampede will hit everyone’s wallet

Organizers are looking ahead to 2021, “with plans to build upon the momentum gained in 2019 and ensure Canada’s premier rodeo event comes back better than ever.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Calgary singer Erin Ross to be featured at ‘Entertainment in the Park’ July 15th

Roots/blues musician can hardly recall a time when she wasn’t passionate about performing

Albertans get an extra free order of COVID-19 masks

Packages will be available July 13 at fast food restaurants

Local resident Ethel Williams is marking a very special milestone this month

The ‘Ethel Williams 100th Birthday Parade’ is taking place July 17th from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

COVID-19 scare sees Latvia-bound troops turn around, return to Canada

Those on board face another 14 days in isolation

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

‘You have to show up:’ NDP MP questions virtual attendance of Alberta Tories

NDP MP McPherson says she’s disappointed Tory MPs haven’t been participating in virtual meetings

Flood warning, mandatory evacuation for people in remote Alberta hamlet

A flood warning has been issued for the rain-swollen Smoky River near the Hamlet of Watino

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, Amnesty, sex worker advocates say

‘We need to make sure the existing laws on the books aren’t enforced’

Protesters return to St. Louis area where couple drew guns

Protesters return to St. Louis area where couple drew guns

Heavy rain floods southern Japan, leaving over dozen missing

Heavy rain floods southern Japan, leaving over dozen missing

At Rushmore, Trump says protesters seek to ‘defame’ heroes

At Rushmore, Trump says protesters seek to ‘defame’ heroes

First Nations coalition rejects recommendation to lift Sen. Beyak’s suspension

First Nations coalition rejects recommendation to lift Sen. Beyak’s suspension

Most Read