YOUR GUIDE TO THE BLACK GOLD RODEO

Good times in Leduc for the cowboy crowd, young and old.

From April 28th to May 1st, the City of Leduc will be ‘ablaze’ with Rodeo fever, as it hosts the 42nd ANNUAL BLACK GOLD RODEO. Held at the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC) and a few other Leduc venues, the Rodeo will offer a dizzying array of events.  One can view the entire schedule of events and venues on its colourful and detailed website, www.blackgoldrodeo.com.  For the first time this year, the Black Gold Rodeo will be a  4-DAY EVENT !!
The extended schedule will start on Thursday night with rodeo performances at the LRC scheduled for 7 pm, although the doors open at 5:30. Tickets for the Rodeo and the Cabaret are quite affordable, with children under 4 being free (no kids at the Cabaret, thank you!): they can be purchased through TicketMaster (ticketmaster.ca or 780.451.8000), through the TicketMaster outlet at the LRC Main Desk or right at the door of the events.  On Thursday, the MIDWAY opens at noon (same time all 4 days, and that evening, the Waldorf Hotel will host its annual RODEO KICK-OFF PARTY.  The Waldorf has undergone some drastic renovations in the past couple of years, and is now a modern country bar with an excellent sound system and friendly staff (not to mention a delicious menu).  The Rodeo Kick-off Party at 7:30 will feature some ‘silly’ and fast-paced games with fun prizes, so with the bar having a strong western flavor and being packed for this event every year, it is a popular venue to get into the rodeo spirit! 
On FRIDAY, starting at 9 am and continuing ‘til 2 pm, the RODEO OF SMILES will cater to special needs youth: participation is limited to registered guests only. Hundreds of youth from the Region have participated in past years:   dozens of volunteers and a well-planned schedule contribute to making this event a successful element of the Black Gold Rodeo.   
At 4 pm, the LIONS/SOBEYS TOONIE BBQ in the Sobey’s parking lot will cater to the entire population while raising funds for a worthwhile organisation: although the lines can be a bit long, it is a fun opportunity to mix and mingle with friends and neighbors, and the BBQ fare offered by Sobey’s and cooked by the congenial Lions members is usually top-notch!  4:30 will see the start of the REGIONAL FAMILY FUN FAIR: admission is FREE.  One of the rodeos’ favourite events with youngsters and their families is the PET PARADE set for 5 o’clock: it will take place in the LRC’s Curling Rink.   At 5 pm, the doors will open to the 2nd RODEO TRADE FAIR: a free admission event, it will showcase the best this region’s business and retail communities have to offer, and will also be open on Saturday, from 11am to 10 pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.   
Before 6 pm, the COUNTRY IDOL CONTEST will open its registration desk: the performance will begin at 7 pm.  This is a first-time event and has caused a lot of talk and excited anticipation in the community. If live singing is your thing, and you’d like to cheer a local performer, perhaps even someone you know, this is definitely the venue to choose for some laid back and pleasant entertainment! The RODEO performances continue at 7 pm and promise lots of exciting action guaranteed to please young and old rodeo fans!
On SATURDAY morning at 8, a “Slack” Rodeo performance will take place still at the LRC, and FOOD BANK donations will be gratefully accepted.  From 8:30 am to 11 am, another LIONS/SOBEY’S Toonie breakfast will take place in the Sobey’s Parking Lot, whatever the weather!!
Later that morning at 11, the BLACK GOLD DAYS PARADE will start on 50th Street near Black Gold Drive and will end at 61st Avenue. It is recommended that you plan your parking options well in advance, as the downtown core gets congested on that morning. This Rodeo prides itself in a fantastic parade, filled with many colourful floats, horses, clowns and much more.  Definitely an event to catch with the family or simply with friends: arriving early will secure one of the many great ‘viewing’ spots along the parade route.  Planning your ‘exit’ is also a good idea, to avoid being caught in the traffic congestion, should you be in a rush to go somewhere else afterwards!
At 2 pm, the FASHION SHOW will be showcasing cool and new designs within the LRC.  The COUNTRY IDOL CONTEST continues at 3 pm: it is also a free event, and the performers will no doubt hope for a lively crowd to cheer them on.  The rodeo performances will resume at 7 pm: the Rodeo committee asks that you show your support to our Canadian Troops, and WEAR 
To finish a busy rodeo day, plan to enjoy an evening of music, dance and fun at the RODEO CABARET for the 18 and over crowd: doors open at 8:30 in the Curling Rink (LRC) and the excellent, dynamic band Denver Daines & Hellbent will hit the first rift at 9 and entertain you into the night.  For the younger set, please remember to bring your ID, as without it, entry into the event will be denied.
SUNDAY will start with a COWBOY CHURCH SERVICE in the (LRC) Sobey’s Arena at 10:30.  With country gospel music performed by a traditional and talented band, this is a great venue to be inspired by a Christian service while being still surrounded by the rodeo spirit.   The FINAL RODEO PERFORMANCE starts at 2, and if you’ve been unable to catch any other Rodeo events, this is obviously the GOLD event that rodeo fans will not want to miss!  Friends and live music fans will also want to attend the IDOL CONTEST at 3 (free admission), and cheer the final contestants.  We hope this guide will be helpful to our Pipestone Flyer readers, we wish you a fun time at the Rodeo this weekend!
 
More Stories:
  • Wizard Lake Watershed & Lake Stewardship Association Shoreline Clean Up Submitted by Lee Scobie On Sunday, September 7th, the Wizard Lake Watershed & Lake Stewardship Association held their Shore and Community Clean up. 48 volunteers, of all ages and sizes cleaned up garbage in and around the ...
  • NDP Candidates Speak Out In A City Of Leduc Forum At the Leduc Civic Centre, on Thursday September 11, in front a group of enthusiastic party followers and curious Alberta voters, three New Democrat Party (NDP) candidates got together to participate in a Forum geared at ...
  • Leduc Comp Takes On Provincial Champions The Leduc Comp. Football Team got off to a great start in league play as they defeated Eastglen 33 to 20 on Friday, September 5th. This was the first game for many of the players and they were immediately put behind the eight ...
  • Leduc Figure Skating Club Ahead Of The Curve Leduc Figure Skating Club is ahead of the curve with the new CanSkate program being launched across the nation. In rinks all across the country this fall, Canadians will experience the revitalized CanSkate program, Canada’s ...
  • Helping African Grandmothers Wetaskiwin Grands 4 Africa held a tremendously successful luncheon and program in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in its work to support grandmothers and community recovery in 15 of the African countries most affected ...
  • Experiencing Edmonton’s Renaissance I have always been fascinated with hotels, especially the romanticized, postcard version of them. I saw them as self-contained, little communities in their own right, people picnicking on the front lawn with their families, ...
  • The Terry Fox Run Rocked the City of Leduc On average, 500 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day, making fundraising and awareness events like the annual and nationwide Terry Fox Run critical. This year marks the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research. ...
  • ESP Plan Funding Leduc County is setting $75,000 aside and hoping they won’t have to use it to develop more efficient emergency services in the area. At the September 9 council meeting, General Manager of Community Services, Rick Thomas, ...
  • Leduc Schools Locked Down Students in the Black Gold School Division were held in their classrooms and the schools locked down after a written threat was discovered by students at Leduc Composite High School last week. At around lunch time, September ...
  • Comics — September 18, 2014
  • Thorsby's Great Water Bill Debate Earlier this year, Thorsby Council agreed to put the water utility on a self-supporting basis paid solely through user rates, rather than recovering costs for the $275,397 water utility deficit through taxation. It had merit—high ...
  • Leduc’s 5th Annual Community Report Available To Citizens The City of Leduc is hosting a fun contest to engage residents to read the report. Leduc City Council and administration are pleased to announce the 2013 Community Report is available online at Leduc.ca, with hard copies ...
  • Council Notes From All Over Warburg Linda M. Steinke Off-highway Vehicles Bylaw: At the Regular Council meeting on June 9, 2014, 45 residents met in chambers to express their disapproval of proposed changes to the off-highway vehicles (OHV) bylaw. The ...
  • Letter To The Editor Dear Editor, Homelessness has risen immensely. How many citizens take a brief moment out of their day to think about the less fortunate? Many people seem to think very negative thoughts towards the Homeless. How can we justify ...
  • Keep On Learning Foundation Launched In Maskwacis Submitted by Felisha Crier Hosein My name is Felisha Crier Hosein, the founder and president of the ‘Keep On Learning Foundation’, a non-profit organization created as a way to make a difference in the lives of First Nations’ ...
  • Meet N' Greet Summer Party Summer vacation is over, kids are back to school, gardens are cleared, lawns are mowed, and you don’t know your new neighbour. Well, have a Meet N’ Greet - Show N’ Shine. On Saturday September 13, 2014, Pat & Jean Trottier ...
  • Manluk Centre Officially Opens Although Wetaskiwin’s Manluk Centre Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness has been in operation since June 26th of this year, final touches such as the Donor Wall had to be completed. With great anticipation and careful ...
  • While You’re Making Plans, Life Happens — The One Welcomes A New Face That pretty well sums up Leduc’s 93.1, The One, radio station’s new morning man, James ‘Gruff’ Gushnowski. Gushnowski was born and raised in the small community of Innisfree, located about an hour and a half east of Edmonton, ...
  • Tour of Alberta Simson Maxwell Stage 3 Begins in Wetaskiwin The corner of 52nd Street and 50th Avenue in downtown Wetaskiwin was a flurry of activity on Friday, September 5th, 2014. Entertainment stage, displays, children activities, food vendors and hundreds of spectators lined the ...
  • Kimto Stage At Waterworks Theatre Brings In Kevin Roy Wetaskiwin and region is whirling in first class entertainment this summer; Loonstock, the RCMP Musical Ride, NASCAR racing, Jay Semko and Punchdrunk concert, Tour of Alberta, Wetaskiwin’s Summer Showcase, the RAM Harvest ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia