Cowboys will be coming out of the chutes and the ladies will be turning the barrels this summer for the Longview Stampede being re-instated last year.
The rodeo will go July 19-20 just outside the village of Longview — right in the heart of cowboy country.
The rodeo has been moved to a new location. It is now one mile east of the village on the Coal Trail and then a mile south. 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 to 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 in 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 I have never heard anybody complain.”
The Longview Stampede is July 18-20. The main performances will take place at 6:30 p.m.
For more information you may call Wiedeman at 403-558-2471 or on the village website at www.village.longview.ab.ca