As if a move to Swift Current wasn’t change enough, the Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA) is bringing the big leagues for fan experience to the 2016 CCA Finals.
The 2016 CCA Finals runs from October 19-22 at the Swift Current IPlex.
The Canadian Cowboys Association Finals Rodeo is one of Canada’s largest rodeo events attracting the best talent, featuring seven major events and two junior events. The major events include saddle bronc, bareback, tie down roping, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, team roping, and bull riding. The junior events include junior ladies barrel racing and junior bull riding.
One of the biggest new attractions to the CCA Finals will be the addition of “MNP Rodeo Uncorked,” which is described as an opportunity to bring a little bit of fine dining to the rodeo experience.
“MNP Rodeo Uncorked is a great opportunity to mix a little class with some great food and wine, along with some good old western entertainment,” said sponsorship director Dave Fiddler.
“Who doesn’t enjoy some great food, good wine and an opportunity to kick back and relax, while having some fun. A great opportunity to mix some culture with some rodeo fun.”
When you aren’t sipping on wine and great food, the Southwest Showcase Trade Show is right up the alley of anyone looking for farming or ranching equipment or services, many of which will be on hand Oct. 19, 20 and 21.
“This commercial exhibit area at the Stockade Building will be an exciting place to visit during the Canadian Cowboys Association Finals Rodeo. There will be a wide variety of exciting products and services available from local and out of town producers, artists, crafters, manufacturers,” said Fiddler.
Terry Grant, who is better known for his role as Mantracker on television will be on hand for some demonstrations during the trade show.
What would a rodeo be without an opportunity to hit the dance floor and two-step the night away. On October 22, in the Kinetic Exhibition Park Stockade Building, the Milkman’s Sons will be rocking the house through the night.
“The Milkman’s Sons perform a song list made to please a wide variety of people, from Classic Rock to Modern Rock, Blues to Country, plus a few surprises. The band has earned its place by delivering a great evening of fun. Added to the evening of dancing entertainment is their new 10 X 8 full color LED screen and light show,” Fiddler said.
Did we mention there is a rodeo underway as well? The CCA Finals kicks off each day with a junior rodeo at 1 p.m. October 19, 20 and 21, with the CCA Finals Rodeo at 7 pm daily. On Saturday, October 22, two performances of the stars of the CCA take place at 1 pm and 7 pm.
“We have some of the best semi-professional rodeo athletes this country as to offer, and they have worked hard all season to make it to this point,” said CCA’s Shylo Claypool.
“In the world of rodeo, making it to finals is the equivalent of making it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. You are going to see some of the best rodeo action in Canada next weekend in Swift Current.”
With strong ticket sales reported, the CCA urges anyone in and around the area to head online and pick up their individual event tickets or an entire week long package.
“The CCA sanctions over 50 rodeos within the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which is the largest geographical rodeo association in Canada,” said Lenora Bells of the Swift Current Ag & Ex.
“I would encourage everyone, from the year-round rodeo enthusiast along with the first-time rodeo observer to join in the action. Cheer on the top cowboys and cowgirls compete for the highest honor rodeo has to offer – championship buckles and saddles.”