The rodeo is coming back to the Battlefords.
Starting on Friday, the Battleford’s Ag Society will be hosting the 2018 North Battleford KCRA Rodeo, kicking off with the Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association’s Barrel Jackpot at 4 p.m., followed by the Team Roping Jackpot at 7 p.m.
Jenn Mawson, organizer for the event, told battlefordsNOW that everyone is excited for the rodeo to return.
“It’s been a number of years since we’ve hosted one here, we’ve had a lot of local families wanting to being (the rodeo) back,” she said. “(The feedback) has all been positive so far, mainly because it’s been a while since it’s been in the community. So far, I’ve heard we have had around 400 entries between the two days.”
All the feedback that Mawson has heard has been positive so far, and after all the work that was put into the event, she said that it makes it all the more rewarding heading into the first night, on Friday.
“People are excited, there are a lot of people coming and I’ve heard a lot of positive things,” she said. “When you put all of the effort and work into something, it’s nice to hear all the positive things coming out of the event.”
When organizing the event, Mawson said that the biggest thing that they focused on was bringing back the event to the community.
“One of the reasons I said yes to help out when I was asked was because it’s going to bring a lot of people into the community,” she said. “You have a multitude of people coming, with that; you have each of those people coming into the community to cheer them on. There’s quite a bit of events coming into the community in the last few years, and bringing people into the community.”
Mawson added the volunteer support that they’ve received in the community has been above and beyond what they had expected. She said it added an additional sense of all of the positive feedback that they’ve received in bringing back the rodeo.
On Saturday and Sunday, events continue with two days of separate rodeos. On Saturday, they will also be holding a rodeo dance following the rodeo at night.
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