We are thrilled to be “Back in the Saddle” on Fathers’ Day weekend from June 17-19, said Alvinston Pro Rodeo President Dan Cumming.
"The excitement generated by finally being able to host again has fueled us to jump right back in,” said Cumming. After a two-year hiatus brought on by Covid-19 restrictions, the Brooke-Alvinston Agricultural Society is presenting the third-annual Alvinston Pro Rodeo.
Cumming said the response from community, sponsors and fans has been tremendous. Based on ticket sales and the bookings for campsites, the rodeo is expecting an incredible turnout.
“I think people are really ready to get out and have a good time,” he said. The rodeo has never sold as many tickets ahead of the rodeo in the past.
This year the rodeo has partnered with the Optimist Club of Alvinston and District which will be holding a mechanical bull competition for the first time on Saturday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. with both adult and youth classes. The Optimist Club will also be hosting the Cowboy Father's Day Breakfast on Sunday morning beginning at 9 a.m.
In answering a question about whether the gas prices might prevent competitors or spectators from making the trip to Alvinston this year, Cumming admitted the rodeo does draw people from great distances and the gas prices might deter some from making the trip, but those who are able to splurge and make an event of it, will not be disappointed. “It truly is an amazing show and anyone who has attended in the past, would agree, it is well worth the cost of the experience,” he said
Volunteers are always needed. He said the organization is still looking for help with working the gates, parking and bartending. Any prospective volunteers can offer their services by reaching the organizers through the Alvinston Pro Rodeo Facebook page.
The gates open on Friday, June 17 and Saturday June 18 at 5 p.m. with the rodeo events getting underway at 7 p.m. Then barn dances will be taking place each night beginning at 9:30 p.m. featuring Rumblefish on Friday night and Scott Manery and the Barn Burners on Saturday.
Blake Ellis, The Independent