Lillooet Lake Rodeo 2015 - Day 3 - May 18, 2015
Date: Monday, May 18, 2015
Where: Lillooet Lake Rodeo Grounds
Come to the WIREA Lillooet Lake Rodeo!
The Lillooet Lake Rodeo is a special event for many reasons, but
most of all because it is so centred around the community. As an
official WIREA (Western Indian Rodeo and Event Association) event,
it is part of a longstanding tradition of native rodeos. The idea
of creating an association specifically for native rodeo
participants dates back to the 1950s in both the United States and
Canada, when people involved decided that an association which was
dedicated to their culture and way of life was a better way to
honour the rodeo tradition.
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 All About Community
The Lillooet Lake Rodeo begins with a parade and Fun Rodeo,
which is typical of other WIREA events, and really heightens the
community bonding that happens at this rodeo. The parade and Fun
Rodeo are both well attended and a great way to get acquainted with
what goes on at a rodeo. 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
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 11:00am 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
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
The entry fee for these events is $30.
Event Purse $500 - Junior Steer Riding, Junior Barrel Racing
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!
- WIREA Entries happen on May 4 and 5th from 4:00 to 10:00 pm.
- Local and Open Entries happen on May 4 and 5th from 4:00 to
10:00. Phone 604-894-6665
- Call back day is May 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
- Rodeo admission is $5 per person, with children 10 and under
A Very Special Video by Mike Douglas: