Guide to 2018 Rodeos

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018

For some rip-roarin’ fun, visit one of the 2018 rodeos held throughout Alberta. Click here to view the list of rodeos (along with their dates, locations, and websites) that we printed in our 2018-2019 Experience the Cowboy Trails guide.

Never been to a rodeo before? Then read these articles to learn more about what you’ll experience.

In this year’s Cowboy Trails guide, we published a story about the Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo. It’s held in May, but it might inspire you to make plans to attend this event next year. The Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo is Canada’s oldest indoor cowboy sporting event!

Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo – Photo Courtesy of Claresholm Local Press

For more of a general overview, read Allen Gibson’s vivid description of small town rodeos. He recalls how his father took him to horse events as he grew up, inspiring a love of these visceral, authentic experiences.

Cardston’s mini-chucks run in August

If you want to learn some history about the first stampede ever held in Canada, then read the article “Rodeo” from our archives.

If you’re not sure that a rodeo is your idea of fun, then try visiting a stampede first. These events include a rodeo, but also have other attractions like shows, thrill rides, competitions, and community and business booths. Don’t forget the food, either! Read this article from our archives about the Ponoka Stampede to get a taste of the excitement of this event. We love the amazing photos that capture the action and thrills at a stampede, too!

Saddle Bronc riding – photo courtesy of Box J Bar Ranch

Remember to consult our list of 2018 rodeos as you make your summer plans. We can guarantee you won’t get bored on the weekend when you plan to visit one of these thrilling events!

2018 Rodeos

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