Cloverdale Rodeo: grand entry team offers previews

Bit-A-Bling invites the public out to watch practices at the Stetson Bowl – rain or shine.

A Bit-A-Bling rider carries the Canadian flag aloft as part of the grand entry at the Cloverdale Rodeo.

They’re the equestrian drill team that’s known for making snazzy grand entrances at the Cloverdale Rodeo.

The Bit-A-Bling grand entry team formed in 2007, and its first performance was at the Cloverdale Rodeo, where they’re a crowd favourite.

The grand entry team opens each rodeo performance, galloping into the ring in formation, carrying out choreographed moves that take months to perfect.

As the clock winds down to the May long weekend and the annual Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, the public is invited to watch the team rehearse.

The team is holding practices Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Stetson Bowl on April 28, 29, and May 5 and Thursday May 7 – rain or shine.

It’s a free event, with plenty of free parking onsite.  Watch from the 4,000 covered grandstand seats.

The Stetson Bowl is located on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Enter off 176 Street at 62 Avenue (Bill Reid Way).

The 2015 Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is May 15-18.

Food truck fest

Fans of roadside eats will want to check out the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival, returning to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds this weekend.

It runs Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be 20 food trucks onsite, along with an artisan market, live music and a beer garden. Admission is $2. Kids under 13 are free.

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