The Wetaskiwin Rawhide Rodeo has been cancelled for a second year due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions.
Wetaskiwin Agricultural Society President Ray Boeve says that the Wetaskiwin AG Society made the difficult decision to cancel the rodeo two to three weeks ago.
He says that after assessing the current guidelines and making predictions for what they may be in the coming months, they decided that it wouldn’t be feasible to continue planning for the rodeo.
Boeve says that one of the main concerns was attendance limits and how that would impact the event. He also adds that the rodeo’s sponsorship level was significantly down this year as businesses weather the economic storm that is COVID-19.
“We miss it because it is a great opportunity for the community to come together,” says Boeve.
Although the rodeo is cancelled, Boeve says that the Wetaskiwin AG Society is hopeful that provincial restrictions will allow for the Truck and Tractor Pull event to move forward in August like scheduled.
“That is a real boost to our community, Ag Society, and non-profits,” says Boeve.
The Wetaskiwin Truck and Tractor Pull event features super charged diesel and jet powered engines pulling weights down a track. Boeve says that the turnout for the event two years ago was massive. On the Saturday of the weekend-long event, over 4,000 people showed up from across Wetaskiwin County and Central Alberta.
Boeve says the Wetaskiwin AG Society is looking forward to hosting more events at the Wetaskiwin Agricultural Grounds, including the Truck and Tractor Pull this August.
“We’re really hoping for a tractor pull to remember,” he says.