Gateway Gazette

Guy Weadick Days in High River – Come out for the Chucks This Weekend

Schedule:

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

  • Gates open at 4:00pm
  • Wild Pony Racing and Beer Gardens
  • Chuckwagons start at 7:00pm

Friday, July 18th, 2014

  • Gates open at 4:00pm
  • Wild Pony Racing and Beer Gardens
  • Chuckwagons start at 7:00pm

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

  • Gates open at 4:00pm
  • Chuckwagons start at 7:00pm
  • Cabaret with Abby Powell: 9:00pm – 1:00am

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

  • Gates open at 2:00pm
  • Cowboy Church, Wild Pony Racing and Beer Gardens
  • Chuckwagons start at 4:00pm

More Information:

• Handicapped Parking and Seating is available

• Parking is free

• Camping in designated areas is free, first come – first served

• Prompt Taxi Service available to and from the grounds

• Concessions on site

• Beer Garden on site

• Cabaret with Abbey Powell on Saturday night (separate ticket required)

• Reserved seating in the covered grandstand is available, please call 403 652 3336 to order your tickets. You will be given a pick up time and place at time of order. Rush seating available at the gate, cash only.

o Thurs: Adults – $20; Under 16 free

o Fri/Sat/Sun: Adults – $25; 6-16 $5.00

o 5 and under free

**If you purchased tickets back in June they will still be honoured this weekend and for the Rodeo in August**

To make your experience even more enjoyable for the whole family read some helpful tips here.

Rodeo History

Though Guy Weadick is best known for his involvement with the Calgary Stampede from 1912 on; he and his wife Florence LeDue were better known in the High River area as hometown residents.

The High River Ag Society has hosted the WPCA chuckwagon races for a number of years on the third weekend of June. A rodeo* was added and approximately 15 years ago, the decision was made to bring in the CPRA (Canadian Professional Rodeo Association) giving our venue pro rodeo status.

Guy Weadick was considered synonymous with the western heritage of High River and the surrounding area. When it came time to name the pro rodeo his descendants were contacted for permission to name the rodeo, The Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo. It ran under this name until 2011 when the High River Ag Society changed the brand name of the event to Guy Weadick Days to encompass 2 weekends of WPCA Chuckwagons and a full weekend of rodeo excitement. The event has now gone back to the original third weekend of June, beginning on Thursday evening; culminating in an exciting finals performance for both rodeo and chuckwagons on Sunday afternoon. This year the rain made track conditions too dangerous so the Chuckwagons were postponed until mid-July and the rodeo moved to late-August.

This year’s Guy Weadick Days is a chance for the residents of High River and our visitors to trade in our Hard Hats for a Cowboy Hat to celebrate our western heritage and community spirit.

*The rodeo will be held August 22nd to 24th with times to be announced. At the chuckwagon races, you will be given a voucher for admittance to the rodeo. This is Guy Weadick Days Part 1 and Part 2.

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