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Lillooet Lake Rodeo 2015 - Day 2 - May 17, 2015

Date:    Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time:    11:00 AM
Where:  Lillooet Lake Rodeo Grounds

Come on Out to the Lillooet Lake Rodeo 

Lillooet Lake Rodeo

Join in the Lillooet Lake Rodeo to see why this WIREA (Western Indian Rodeo and Event Association) event is so special The Lillooet Lake Rodeo may look like any other rodeo, but as an official WIREA event, it has several special characteristics.

First of all, a WIREA event means that it is part of the Western Indian Rodeo and Event Association, 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.

The Entire Community Joins In!

One of the best things about the Lillooet Lake Rodeo is that the entire community joins in and takes part in the event. From the parade on May 16th to the Fun Rodeo to the dance under the stars, the entire weekend centers around the community and connecting with old friends while making new ones. Check out Mike Douglas' video, below, for a great preview of what you can expect. 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! 

As the WIREA website states, "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!

Mike Douglas Produced This Very Special Video:

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