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PHOTOS: Falkland Stampede return a huge hit

Record-shattering crowds piled into the Stampede Grounds for three days of professional rodeo action

Judging by the crowds, the return of the Falkland Stampede after two years due to the pandemic was good.

Well, great, really. Really great.

The 102nd Falkland Stampede wrapped up Monday, May 23, with another capacity crowd at the Stampede Grounds off Highway 97.

“I don’t have exact numbers from the weekend but I can definitely say Sunday’s crowd was a record in itself but also the overall weekend crowd was record setting as well,” said rodeo manager Melissa Seaman. “Over the three days we are estimating over 13,000 fans attended the rodeo, approximately 4,000 Saturday, a record 6,000 Sunday and 3,000 Monday.”

Earlier in the day,the Stampede committee posted the following comment and video on its Facebook page: “We are still besides ourselves after the record-shattering attendance yesterday (Sunday). Thank you again to all of our volunteers for their continued hard work and to all of our patient and excited spectators.”

Cars were lined up along both sides of Highway 97 as well as up into the community’s side roads and back alleys for parking.

Crowds all three days were treated to top performances from the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world, as well as some of the best stock, as Falkland is a stop on the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association schedule.

“The Falkland Stampede is thrilled we were able to return after two years off due to COVID, and it’s the icing on the cake that all the fans were just as excited to finally see the 102nd Stampede happen,” said Seaman.

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Roger Knox

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I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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