There will be numerous activities happening in the community in conjunction with this year’s Estevan Rodeo Days.
The rodeo, which will feature competitors from the Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA), will happen on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. Performances start at 7 p.m. each night.
There will also be a slack performance at 10 a.m. on the 7th for entrants who can’t make the evening shows.
According to the CCA’s website, more than 200 registrations have been received for Estevan’s rodeo, although some of the entrants have signed up for more than one event. Some competitors are from the Estevan area.
Rodeo chair Laura Mantei said she expects to see entertaining performances each night.
Events for Estevan’s rodeo are saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, barrel racing, tie-down roping, team roping and steer wrestling. There is also a junior division in barrel racing, and a novice division in saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding.
The novice bull riding is new for Estevan this year.
Intermission entertainment will be provided by trick rider Shelby Thue of Bengough. Mantei has seen Thue perform before, and Mantei said that the young rider puts on a good show.
A fireworks show will happen after the rodeo on September 7.
Other attractions are happening as part of the rodeo. The first is the annual SMILE Services Estevan Parade, which will start at 4 p.m. on September 6.
This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating our Multi-Cultural Community.” Parade entrants are encouraged to be imaginative in their interpretation of the theme.
The parade will start at Westview School. The parade will make its way through the community, including the downtown blocks, and then wrap up at the Leisure Centre.
The annual light horse show will begin at 8 a.m. on September 7. Dozens of events will be offered for local equestrian riders.
The weekend will conclude with the annual ranch rodeo on September 8. Local cowboys and cowgirls will be divided into teams, and will compete in different rodeo events. Their teams will be rounded out by a celebrity captain, who will appear in a few of the competitions.
The ranch rodeo will start at 2 p.m.