Whoop it up at Cloverdale Rodeo Days

From colourful bed races and chili cook off to the annual parade, Cloverdale lays out the rodeo welcome mat with community events.

Spectators line the streets at last year's Cloverdale Rodeo Parade.

Spectators line the streets at last year's Cloverdale Rodeo Parade.

As host to tens of thousands of visitors during the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, Surrey’s historic town centre knows how to lay out the welcome mat with Rodeo Days events.

Thursday marks the 36th annual Cloverdale Bed Races from 5:30 to 7 p.m., right after the colourful kids’ decorated bike parade (approximately 5:40 p.m.) and a demonstration by competitors in the Second Annual World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboard Competition. It’s all happening on 176A Street between 57 and 58 Avenues.

Will Team Turkey’s Party Makers claim their fourth Bed Pan trophy in a row? Or will The Vault finally win the coveted title, meaning Rob ‘Turkey’ Kielesinski will finally have to pucker up?

There’s a lot riding on the answer – something about a long-running gentlemen’s bet with local restauranteur Aron Hotell and a kicky bright blue dress.

The races are split into four divisions: men, women, media and hospitality. There are also prizes for best dressed.

Don’t miss the 16th Annual Chili Cookoff at Clover Square Village Friday May 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sample home cooked recipes by Cloverdale’s business and service organizations, and vote for your favourite.

Kids, enter the colouring contest for a chance to win a Webkinz toy from Tricia’s Gems. The World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboarders will also be on hand with demonstrations of their amazing skills.

The Cloverdale Rodeo Parade is Saturday May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, and kicks off with the annual pancake breakfast in Hawthorne Square, just one of many put on by service organizations and churches.

This year’s parade boasts a contingent of Shriners two city blocks long. There’s also horses, floats, antique cars and trucks, scooters, golf carts, marching bands, clowns and dignitaries, along with Dora the Explorer, Dinotown, sports groups and more.

More than 1,200 participants with over 80 registered entries have signed up this year.

The parade starts on Hwy 10 at 177B Street heading west. It turns north on 176 Street from Hwy 10 to 58A Avenue, where it takes a short jog east to 176A Street and continues north to 60th Avenue. From there it’s east to 177B Street, where it turns south to the end of the route at 58 Avenue.

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