According to Shawna Blades-Bird of the Nanton Ag Society, the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals is one of the largest events that the Ag Society hosts during the rodeo season.
“We host the top contestants from high school coming from B.C. Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” she said.
“There are over 300 contestants and 500 people camped at the ag grounds for this three-day event—this year it happens over Round-Up Days.”
Nanton’s annual Round-Up Days event takes place from July 30-Aug. 1 and includes a whole weekend of family-friendly events, including a slo-pitch tournament, rodeo, parade, fireworks, chili cookoff and much more.
During the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals, students will compete in events such as barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, saddle bronc and the always popular bull riding.
Another local event for rodeo fans is the Nanton Nite Rodeo series, which is only for local contestants, said Blades-Bird.
The series starts on June 25, and subsequent rodeos in the series take place July 2, July 8, July 9, and July 22.
All the Nanton Nite rodoes begin at 7 p.m.
The finals are being held on Aug. 1 following the Nanton Round-Up Days parade.
“Many of the contestants from both the Nanton Nite rodeos and the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals go on to compete at the professional level,” Blades-Bird said. “The high school contestants have gone on to get scholarships at universities and colleges with the riders of the Nanton Nite rodeos making it to the professional level.”