Improvements, events added to Black Gold Rodeo

It is not quite time to saddle up for the Leduc Black Gold Rodeo but the rodeo association is already working hard...

Black Gold Rodeo opening ceremonies 2016.

Black Gold Rodeo opening ceremonies 2016.

It is not quite time to saddle up for the Leduc Black Gold Rodeo but the rodeo association is already working hard to make 2017 the best rodeo it can possibly be.

“We’re trying to make it better and better all the time,” said association president Dave Rock.

The Black Gold Rodeo Association recently held its rodeo gala on Feb. 17 to thank sponsors and community supports for their interest and investment in the beloved event.

“The gala went really well. We had lots of positive response from the city and the county,” said Rock.

“People are very appreciative of what we did,” he added.

Rock says sponsorship is slightly down this year due to the tough economy and those looking to add their support to the Leduc Black Gold Rodeo can contact the association http://www.blackgoldrodeo.com.

The 2017 Leduc Black Gold Rodeo takes places June 1 to 4 at the Leduc Recreation Centre.

Improvements to the rodeo include the introduction of men’s wild horse races and West Coast Amusements for the midway. “We’ve got a bigger midway this year,” said Rock.

The rodeo association was looking to re-instate the royalty competition program for the 2017 year, however, the sole competitor withdrew from the competition. “We’re going to have a queen competition for next year,” said Rock.

The Leduc Black Gold Rodeo Association started it’s rodeo royalty program in 1968 but has not crowned a representative since 2000.