The 28th edition of the Cranbrook Professional Rodeo gets underway this weekend at the Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds.

The 28th edition of the Cranbrook Professional Rodeo gets underway this weekend at the Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds.

Back in the saddle again

Cranbrook Pro Rodeo returns to Wycliffe for its 28th instalment.

Taylor Rocca

The 28th Annual Cranbrook Professional Rodeo will kick up dust once again this weekend at Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds.

“It’s our 28th annual [rodeo], which we’re excited about,” said Cranbrook Professional Rodeo committee chair Dallas Mackie. “We have a very small committee and we work hard. It’s all done by volunteers.”

A regular stop on the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association circuit, the event will once again feature a selection of North America’s top rodeo athletes, including a trio of Canadian champions from the 2014 Calgary Stampede.

Scott Schiffner of Strathmore, Alta., took home the title of Calgary Stampede bull-riding champion, while Morgan Grant of Granton, Ont., earned the tie-down roping buckle. Pincher Creek’s Dustin Flundra rounded out the Canadian trio of champions by earning the saddle bronc championship. All three cowboys will be in attendance at Wycliffe.

More than 200 cowboys and cowgirls have registered in hopes of corralling a title this weekend. In addition to a strong Canadian contingent of athletes, rodeo fans will see riders from as far as Australia and New Zealand. All major rodeo events will be in action at Wycliffe, including bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.

Festivities get underway Friday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and continue Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. There will be an additional slack running Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Saturday’s events will be a part of the rodeo’s ‘Support STARS’ initiative. A portion of the proceeds from the day will be donated to STARS Air Ambulance and the evening will be capped with a classic rodeo dance hosted at the Dave Henderson Pavilion on the exhibition grounds. The dance gets underway at 9:30 p.m. and features live entertainment courtesy of The Bookends.

Sunday is Children’s Day, with the proceedings getting underway at 2 p.m.

Trick rider Shelby Cummings will also perform over the course of the weekend as will liberty horse trainer Niki Flundra.

Tickets for adults are $20 at the gate or $18 in advance. Seniors and youth (11 to 16 years) can gain entry for $18 at the gate or in advance for $16. Children 10 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased at Alpine Toyota, Top Crop Farm and Hill Billy Hardwear.

Just Posted

The Kimberley Refugee Resettlement Group is active again after a few years off and are working to find a home for Gloria in Kimberley. Photo taken at a KRRG fundraiser several years ago. Bulletin file.
Kimberley Refugee Resettlement Group active once more

KRRG working to find a refugee a safe place to live in Kimberley

The Kimberley Aquatic Centre is set to reopen its doors to the public on July 6, after being shut down due to the pandemic in March, 2020. The Centre will be initially operating with reduced occupancy and limited program offerings. Bulletin file.
Kimberley Aquatic Centre set to re-open July 6

New safety infrastructure, limited guests and programming allow facility to open again

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Calvin Dickson photo.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Grace (left), a caribou that was born in a maternal pen north of Revelstoke, is alive and well said the province. It appears she even has a calf. Maternity pens aim to increase caribou calf survival by protecting them from predation until they are older and less vulnerable. (Contributed)
For the first time in years, caribou numbers increasing near Revelstoke

North herd growing but south herd still concerning

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

Kelowna General Hospital. (File photo)
COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital declared over

Three people tested positive for the virus — two patients and one staff — one of whom died

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

Most Read