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Airdrie Pro Rodeo set to impress this weekend

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 02:33 pm

Brandon Naumczyk was bucked off his ride during the novice saddle bronc event at last year’s Airdrie Pro Rodeo.
Brandon Naumczyk was bucked off his ride during the novice saddle bronc event at last year’s Airdrie Pro Rodeo.
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The finishing touches are now complete at the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds, as the 47th edition of the Airdrie Pro Rodeo is set to get underway on June 27 and run until July 1.

“The Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association (ARRA) had our last meeting prior to the rodeo on Monday night (June 23) and we’ve been going through to make sure that everything is set and ready to go,” ARRA Secretary and Marketing Team Member Lorie Young said.

“This weekend is always a big deal in Airdrie, and I think that’s because it’s one of a few events where the whole family can take part, as it’s affordable and there’s something for everyone,” she added.

“The kids can play in our sandpit and take part in other activities, and their parents can watch some of the best riders from Canada and around the world compete.”

While the junior and pro rodeo events will stay the same, as no major changes are planned until the 50th Airdrie Pro Rodeo in 2017, spectators could notice the event may run a little bit quicker this year.

That’s because the pen and shoot areas at the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds have been redone ahead of the 2014 rodeo, with the goal of a smoother running show.

“Everything was all ripped out and put back together, and the arena staff actually finished everything up in there on Monday (June 23),” Young said. “It’s a big change for us with the rodeo staff, as our main goal is to make sure that everything is more efficient during the event.”

“Those in the crowd may not notice anything different when it comes to the actual structure,” she added. “However, I expect they will probably see that the horses and bulls will be coming in and out of the arena much quicker than they have in the past.”

In addition to seeing the members of the Wrangler Rodeo Tour compete for five days, a number of other events will be taking place at the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds during the 2014 rodeo.

Country music band Tacoma from Calgary and solo artist Quentin Reddy of Airdrie will provide live entertainment following the conclusion of the rodeo action from June 27 to June 30, while the 2014 Miss Rodeo Airdrie and Airdrie Rodeo Pro Rodeo Princess will be crowned on July 1.

(See story on page 20.)

“The actual ceremony will take place during the intermission on Canada Day, which will be at some time between 3 and 4:30 p.m.,” Young said.

“Last year’s queen (Kelsey Reinboldt-Lynch) has done a fantastic job representing not only Airdrie Pro Rodeo, but also the City of Airdrie.”

The 2014 Airdrie Pro Rodeo will get underway at the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds on June 27 at 6 p.m. with junior rodeo action.

The pro rodeo event will start at 7 p.m.

The same start times will be used from June 28 to 30, with the final day of action starting on July 1 at 2 p.m. with the junior rodeo and the pro rodeo event getting underway at 3 p.m.


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