Professional rodeo coming back to Arnprior June 11-12

May 13, 2016 | InsideOttawaValley.com

Riding to the Prior

By John Carter  Arnprior Chronicle-Guide

Professional rodeo is returning to Arnprior.

Last year’s rodeo was so successful, the the Arnprior Agricultural Society will be hosting the second annual Arnprior Stampede Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12.

More than 350 cowboys and cowgirls representing five different countries including Canada, Mexico, the United States, Brazil and Australia will be competing in the season’s first official tour stop of the International Professional Rodeo Association.

Spectators will be in for an exciting rodeo weekend, including camping, concessions, vendors, live music, rides, beer gardens and live professional rodeo.

International professional rodeo’s premier contestants and world champions will entertain as they will be matched up against some of the “biggest and rankest animals on the planet” while competing in the bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and the world's most dangerous sport - bull riding.

The event will also feature clowns, comedy routines and animal dress acts though out the day. 

“The initial support for this event has been incredible,” said Glen Howard, director of the rodeo committee and representative of the Arnprior Agricultural Society. Last year was a sell-out so the event has been expanded to accommodate more spectators

“Since this is such a big event, we’ve had to ask our local businesses and regional sponsors to help support the event and we have been encouraged with the level of support and the interest that we’ve received thus far,” said Howard. 

“This is a fantastic event to have in our community. We believe that both the entertainment value and economic impact of an event of this magnitude is something everyone should be excited about and nobody will want to miss.

“We’ve been meeting with our organizing committee within the Ag Society since last year to plan this event. We have also received fantastic response since last year on both our social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. 

“We’re really excited to be able to partner with a strong character group like the Arnprior Agricultural Society and to bring the champions of Professional Rodeo here in June for one of the IPRA’s initial tour stops,” said BJ Prince, president of Rawhide Rodeo.

“This event will not disappoint and will be talked about in Arnprior for the entire summer.”

STAMPEDE TICKETS

Tickets for the Arnprior Stampede are now on sale with a limited number being made available starting at $20 for adults and $12 for children. 

For further information (including vendors and campers), contact Howard at arnpriorstampede@gmail.com or call 613-407-3346.

Also find stampede information at www.facebook.com/arnpriorstampede or the web at www.arnpriorstampede.com.

John Carter is the news editor of the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide and West Carleton Review. He can be reached at john.carter@metroland.com. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook