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Lillooet Lake Rodeo 2015 - Day 1 - May 16, 2015

Date:    Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time:    11:00 AM
Where:  Lillooet Lake Rodeo Grounds

What's So Special About the Lillooet Lake Rodeo?

Lillooet Lake Rodeo

The Lillooet Lake Rodeo is a cherished event in the Pemberton area because it all centres around the strong community bonds forged and reignited during this event weekend.

The rodeo is a WIREA (Western Indian Rodeo and Event Association) event, which makes it part of a longstanding tradition of native rodeos. A WIREA event means that it is part of a group whose  beginnings harken back to the 1950s, when the first Native rodeo associations were formed in both Canada and the United States. Eventually, the western rodeo associations joined to form the WIREA.

A WIREA event stands out both in the way the Native people who produce the rodeo integrate children's and community events as well as the respect the participants have for the animals involved.

You'll notice that today's event includes a parade as well as a "Fun Rodeo" - These both help to bring the community together and foster the social aspect of the rodeo, which is one of the most important parts of the rodeo experience.

It's the Community, Actually

The parade is today's highlight. This begins the entire weekend of fun and community, so make sure to join in the parade from Rancheree to Ull'us at 11:00 and follow that with the Fun Rodeo at 1:00. Novice events include steer riding, Whistler Ski Bum, cow riding, pie eating contest, cowboy hustle (no rules!) and much more. This is fun for everyone; bring the entire family along and join in!

Learn More and Join in

There will be a Dance Under the Stars, as well as the professional rodeo on May 17 and 18th. This event is always well attended and fun for everyone, so we hope to see you there! 

The WIREA website explains in more depth why the native rodeo tradition is a bit different. It all centres around the relationship to the community and to the animals involved: "Native rodeo participants usually have a very special, long-standing relationship with natural and supernatural beings, particularly horses and cattle, the modern equivalent of the buffalo. Most rodeos begin with the Cowboy Prayer, and an opening prayer in a Native language acknowledging the superiority of the animals, who are asked to have pity on the human beings and not be "too hard" on them during the competition."

The Official WIREA Professional Rodeo

Be on the Rodeo Grounds at 11:00 AM sharp. The entry fee for the professional rodeo is $50. Of course, if you are simply watching the rodeo, the entry fee is $5, with children 10 and under free.

Professional Events:

Event Purse $1,000 - Bull Riding, Tie Down Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Breakaway roping, and team Roping.

Event Purse: $500 - bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling

Minor Events:

The entry fee for these events is $30.

Event Purse $500 - Junior Steer Riding, Junior Barrel Racing

Special Events:

The entry fee for these events is $10.

Event Purse $150 - Pee-wee Barrel Racing

Learn More and Join in

There will be a Dance Under the Stars, as well as the professional rodeo on May 17 and 18th. This event is always well attended and fun for everyone, so we hope to see you there!

Take in This Special Video by Mike Douglas:

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