Falkland Ready to Stampede

Falkland is ready to kick up its heels for the annual Falkland Stampede.

The three-day stampede kicks off Saturday with professional cowboys vying for prizes worth more than $50,000.

One of the oldest rodeos in Canada, the stampede celebrates it’s 98th birthday this year.

“It’s definitely gotten bigger over the years,” said manager Jason Churchill. “It’s gone from one day to two days to a three-day rodeo, and it probably should be four, but there’s only so much time in a long weekend.”

Churchchill said Falkland is a big draw for professional cowboys because, for many, it’s the first outdoor rodeo of the year.

“It gives them a chance to run in the big pen.”

As well as bucking broncos and bull riding, fans will be treated to Alberta-based trick riders during the halftime show and the kids’ calf scramble is back by popular demand.

“We had complaints we didn’t have it anymore,” said Churchill. “The kids just love the chance to be in the same arena as the professional cowboys.”

He said the crowd response to the event is “huge.”

Information and tickets for the Falkland Stampede can be found on its website.

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