Millarville Heritage Rodeo CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Millarville Heritage Rodeo

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! To the successful completion of Millarville Heritage Rodeo weekend. A special congratulations needs to go out to the entire Rodeo Committee as well as the extremely important volunteers and community members that continued to show their support for this entertaining and historic event.

The overwhelming feedback keeps coming in, ranging from spectators that have traveled a great distance from places like France, UK, Germany, England and Nova Scotia to the rodeo competitors, FCA & MRAS board of directors and our local community members. The common theme of the responses were “family, community, friendly, historical and entertaining” which was very impressive as this was aligned to the committee’s commitment and goal. There were countless positive comments regarding the kids “only” saloon, and the ability to bring the entire family into the beer gardens as well as the cabaret. The mutton busting and the calf scramble did not disappoint anyone and was very entertaining.

“We believe as a committee that education surrounding the agricultural industry is important since this event wouldn’t be possible if the bright minds of our sponsors and surrounding community didn’t support as much as they already do. In honour of the people that made the rodeo possible we believe in bringing a new wave of ideas and also staying true to our roots”.

Friday evening’s performance opened with the 78th highlander’s musket shooting, national anthem sung by Domino’s Luanne Carl and the cowboy prayer. Once the action started the spectators, approximately 300 – 400, stayed entertained right to the conclusion and then carried on into the evening with the cabaret and performance from the band Domino who put on a very impressive show.

Saturday featured the famous MRAS Farmers’ Market, and contributing to the theme of the event, tradition and heritage of the western frontier there were various tents set up ranging from local agriculture providers such as High Country Fencing and Agriculture for life. There was also a few novelty tents that will be providing additional Cultural awareness and educational items such as the Calgary army reserves and the 78th Highlanders Brigade. Tying this all together was the “Kids can be Cowboys” area where they practice their roping skills, participate in their own barrel race and practiced shooting the water guns at water bottles. The featured attraction for the kids was their own Saloon where they could play, sit on hay bales and enjoy the day with refreshments.

The Rodeo began at 2pm and was once again a terrific performance. Concluding the day was the second family friendly cabaret featuring Drew Gregory who put on a fantastic performance which had the whole crowd up dancing.

Sunday was the RODEO FINALS together with the half time entertainment of the children’s calf scramble. All I need to say about this was WOW!!! The competitors and spectators all came out ready to cheer and perform.

So in conclusion I would like to once again thank all of the committee members, endless number of volunteers and community members, FCA & MRAS board of directors as well as the event and major sponsors for their continuing support to this historical event as without you it just would not happen.

See you all in 2018 for the 22nd Millarville Heritage Rodeo….

Shane Darling

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