The Longview Stampede is fired up and ready to go.
Cowboys will be coming out of the chutes and the ladies will be turning the barrels this summer for the Longview Stampede after being re-instated two seasons ago.
The rodeo will go July 17-18 just outside the village of Longview — right in the heart of cowboy country.
Newcomers to the rodeo will feel like they have walked into a Western movie scene.
The area has rolling hills, plenty of cattle and the magnificent Rockies to the west.
Spectators will also be so close to the action they can taste it.
“Sometimes it can seem too close,” Wiedeman said with a chuckle. “I was eating a hamburger one time and the infield dirt was tossed up at me (by the stock). A lot of people like being that close.”
Spectators will be up close watching the up-and-coming stars of the future.
The Longview Stampede is part of the Foothills Cowboy Association, a circuit in which present rodeo stars, such as former Canadian bull riding champion Tyler Thomson from Black Diamond, learned the ropes.
Wiedeman said not only does the rodeo attract those on the cusp of stardom, but also there is plenty of participation from young athletes hailing from Longview and the surrounding area.
The same can be said for the spectators.
“I see a lot of people from the Longview area, but I have also seen a lot of people I don’t know come to the rodeo,” Wiedeman said. “All I know is that I have never heard anybody complain.”
For more information you may call Wiedeman at 403-558-2471 or on the village website at www.village.longview.ab.ca
Caption: The Longview Stampede on July 17-18 gives spectators a chance to get up close to the action in the rodeo ring.