Attendance records at the 102nd Falkland Stampede were smashed on the May long weekend, as the popular North Okanagan rodeo returned after a two-year COVID break. (Roger Knox - Morning Star) Former Vernon cowboy Clay Elliott of Nanton, Alta. successfully corrals the steer during the tie down roping event in the third performance of the 102nd Falkland Stampede Monday, May 23. (Roger Knox - Morning Star) Jake Watson of Hudsons Hope, B.C. rides Night Magic to a score of 83.5 (out of 100) to earn a cheque in the saddle bronc at the 102nd Falkland Stampede Monday, May 23. (Roger Knox - Morning Star) Kolby Wanchuk from Sherwood Park, Alta. shows the form that scored him the winning saddle bronc mark of 86 aboard Big Surprise Monday, May 23, at the 102nd Falkland Stampede. (Roger Knox - Morning Star) The job of the pick-up men (white) is to protect the cowgirls and cowboys after their efforts inside the ring are done, and they do a magnificent job year after year. (Roger Knox- Morning Star) A different kind of brown-and-white animal appears out of rodeo clown Dennis Halstead’s Chicken Inflator Machine,to the delight of a capacity crowd Monday, May 23, at the 102nd Falkland Stampede. (Roger Knox - Morning Star) Heck of a way to wrap a career. For the horse. Old Tubs Get Smart bucks off rider Logan Hay of Wildwood, Alta. in the horse’s final ride of a 15-year rodeo career Monday, May 23, at the 102nd Falkland Stampede. Old Tubs Get Smart earned more than $1.5 million during his career. Hay was not injured. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Well, great, really. Really great.
“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.”
“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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