Phipps, a former CFR bareback competitor and high school teacher, said the event is very important to the cowboys and cowgirls because they compete in about 56 CPRA events throughout the year, with each dollar representing a point in their final standings. He says the payout is the biggest of the year, and is one of the top five prizes in the world, with some potentially walking away with up to $60,000 this weekend.
“Honestly, I’m most excited to see some of the CFR rookies who have never been to a Canadian final before and how they handle the shock of their first time, who rises to the occasion and who struggles,” he said.
Western Park Chief Executive Officer Mike Olesen said the event is not only profitable for the competitors, but also for the local economy.
“Our community will experience over $35 million in economic impact over this period and I think you’ll see mostly that through the retail sector and certainly the hotels and restaurants reaping the benefits because quite a few people are coming into town,” he said.
The CFR Trade Show will be open to the public daily, featuring vendors from agriculture, western fashion, and regional lifestyle experience sectors such as sports and RVs. At the same time, Cody Lamb will be performing live on the CFR Trade Show stage through Friday as well as the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant through Saturday.
Along with free admission to the Cowboy Sh*t Watch Party held Wednesday through Saturday, there’s also the SweetPro Plaza Tailgate Party, where guests can enjoy a fire pit and games before hitting the field with a different featured artist every day through Sunday. For the main rodeo.
CFR rodeo events and their 2022 qualifiers include:
The full daily schedule can be found on the CFR website.
Each day will feature different themes with Albertan performers during the halftime show:
- Wednesday, November 2: Plaid for Dad – Honoring First Nations, the halftime show features world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand Jr. and dancer Alicia Shevonek to music by one of the country’s top First Nations DJs.
- Thursday, November 3: Buckles and Bling – Twelve-year-old Roman rider Piper Yule and Canadian County Music Association (CCMA) Hall of Fame fiddle player Tyler Vollorth.
- Friday, November 4: Vintage – multi-award winning violinists Tyler Vollorth and Alison Granger
- Saturday, November 5: Canadian Tuxedos – CCMA and Western Canadian Music Awards winner Nice Horse performs with Canadian trick riding champions Shelby Pearson and Bela Da Costa
After each rodeo, the live “Cabaret Chorale” country music lineup includes Garrett Gregory, Brettyn Rose, Drew Gregory and Ben Chase, respectively, each day through Saturday.
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While the rodeo events take place November 2-5 from 6 – 8:30 p.m., an additional event will be held on Saturday from 12 – 2:30 p.m. with an H Bar Auction horse sale at 3 p.m.
On Sunday, with the theme of Championship Gold and Red, the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys will host a Cowboy Church at 11 a.m. and the CFR Championship Performance from 12-2:30 p.m. before the final presentation.
Phipps said many of the peripheral events are either new to this year’s CFR or reincarnated from the previous 2020 CFR. A secondary arena will be open at the Stockmen’s Pavilion with children’s dummy roping and professional bullfighter Brett Monia teaching children the ultimate bullfighting experience.
Olesen also said, following the pandemic, he is excited to show the public how adapted Western Park’s facilities are to delivering world-class events to Central Alberta and the world.
“Nothing could have been more disappointing than last year where we didn’t have time [to plan] And you’re really trying to stop it,” he said.
“What I’m excited about for our team and the army behind it, is that they’ve really had a fair chance to plan this year which then gives us the best opportunity to deliver a product that meets our own expectations that will be higher. Anyone.”
Although many activities are free, tickets to rodeo events are available online. More activities are available on the CFR website.
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