Cloverdale Rodeo opens Friday

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The 68th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 126th Country Fair runs May 16 to 19 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, and includes the invitational rodeo, along with the annual country fair, offering family-friendly entertainment, from the midway to the West Coast Lumberjack Show.

The Cloverdale Cowboy Cook-off Rib Fest and BBQ Competition is back, as is the World Freestyle Round-up, featuring the world’s best freestyle skateboarders.

The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association will present its new annual scholarship program, open to past and present student volunteers who are in their graduation year.

Tickets are $12 for grounds admission (children 12 and under are free) and $20 for rodeo performances – also free for children 12 and under.

The world’s top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls compete for a total of $328,000 in cash prizes for the main rodeo events: saddle bronc, bull riding, bareback and ladies barrel racing. Local youngsters get their chance to shine when Mutton Bustin’ takes centre stage.

Other attractions include the Kidz Zone, Agri Zone and Cone Zone, Classic Car Show, and Aboriginal Zone, featuring the Long House of Culture and History, and the Long House of Economic Development.

There are also live performances on the outdoor stage, and each evening in the Longhorn Saloon. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

– Cloverdale Reporter

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