Clinton and District Agricultural Association president Katie McCullough advises the BCRA-sanctioned rodeo weekend planned for May 28-29 at the Clinton Rodeo Grounds has not been cancelled.
McCullough says she had been receiving calls from the public regarding the rodeo in light of the cancellation of the Little Britches and Rough Stock rodeos in 100 Mile House, which was announced last week, as a precaution due to the Equine Herpes Virus outbreak in Utah and a 12-day travel alert that was issued when it was first discovered.
She notes the British Columbia Rodeo Association was going ahead with its rodeos, as the event falls well after the 12-day timeframe.
Following the parade and beef on a bun on Saturday, folks are urged to head up to the rodeo grounds for exciting BCRA rodeo action beginning at 1 p.m.
There will be a concession, refreshment gardens, and foot races for the children and adults, as well as vendors with toys, gadgets and western apparel for sale. A shuttle bus will be running all weekend from the grounds to town and back again.
The 4H steak dinner will follow the rodeo at approximately 5 p.m., and people will be able to listen to live music provided by David Park and Kraig Jodrey from 5 to 7 p.m.
The rodeo dance will begin at 8 p.m. with music provided by the well-known high-energy country band Ken McCoy. Admission is $18 per person or $35 per couple.
On Sunday morning, a pancake breakfast will be available while folks watch the slack rodeo at 9 a.m. The rodeo performance will begin again at 1 p.m.
Come on up to the rodeo grounds and cheer on the local cowboys and cowgirls, enjoy the exciting local events, such as the wild cow milking and packhorse race, as well as the cowboy foot races.
Rain or shine, folks can enjoy themselves, as there is a covered grandstand, and if the weather is chilly, we will have heaters on in the building during the rodeo dance and 4H dinner.
Old Timers’ Tea
The Clinton Old Timers’ Tea is a long-standing tradition.
A dedicated group of volunteers get together to make and serve a variety of sandwiches, squares and coffee and tea to all who attend.
Drop in at the Clinton Memorial Hall on May 27 at 1:30 p.m. to sit and chat with old friends or make some new ones. This is a free event open to everyone.
Cowboy Dinner Theatre
The Cowboy Dinner Theatre on May 27 is a fundraising event benefiting the David Stoddart School grads.
The doors to the Clinton Memorial Hall open to ticket holders at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 and the concert commencing at 7:30.
This year, the entertainment includes the talents of Dan Fremlin, Jim Karr and Kraig Jodrey.
Angie Cahill is once again co-ordinating the Clinton Parade this year, with the assistance of June Bourgo of the village office.
This year’s theme is 150 years of travel in the Cariboo. Entry forms can be picked up from the village office or Integris Credit Union.
The Clinton majorettes will be well represented in this year’s parade as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. Chris the Clown will be on hand to entertain the youngsters and help serve hotdogs at the fire hall with the volunteer firefighters after the parade.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. on May 28. It leaves from Reg Conn Centennial Park and winds up to the highway north to McDonald Avenue, then loop back to the highway from Lebourdais Avenue.
Pick your viewing spot early as the crowds line the streets to watch one of the best little parades in the Cariboo.
After parade eats
After the parade, the Lions Club will be serving up its famous beef on a bun at a kiosk by the Health Centre.
At the same time, the Clinton VFD will serve hotdogs and drinks to the children at the fire hall on Lebourdais Avenue.