STORY BY KEVIN RUSHWORTH
It’s doubtful whether there is a bigger event in High River than the community’s celebrated Guy Weadick Days, named after a local pioneer.
This year from June 19 to 22, feel your seats quake as the chuckwagons thunder across the finish line. Hear the crowd roar its approval as residents and visitors alike cheer and stamp in the outdoor grandstand.
Not only is the action on the Half-Mile of Hell chuckwagon course thrilling, adrenaline-pumping and pulse-pounding, but the rodeo offers western entertainment and opportunities for everyone in the family.
“It’s a great event for the whole family to get out and see all the rodeo cowboys and cowgirls as well as the wagon event,” explained Angie MacDonald, president of the High River and District Agriculture Society.
Guy Weadick Days 2013 had to be cancelled due to the disastrous flooding that affected High River and southern Alberta on June 20, 2013. This year, the celebration is bigger and better, MacDonald said.
The rodeo will feature everyone’s favourite western events including bareback, saddlebronc, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, bull riding, barrel racing, junior ladies barrel racing and junior steer riding.
The chuckwagon races are many residents’ favourite part of the competition and this year’s Guy Weadick Days brings the same in-your-face action.
Guy Weadick Days 2014 runs from June 19 to 22 rain or shine. On Thursday and Friday, the gates open at 4 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 5 p.m., followed by chuckwagons.
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday and the rodeo begins at 4 p.m. with wagons starting after. Sunday, the gates open at noon and the rodeo starts at 1 p.m. with wagons to follow.
An overflow slack takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday for extra contestants who couldn’t fit into the rodeo performance.
Tickets can be purchased at the High River rodeo grounds. For more information, visit www.hragsociety.ca.