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Lillooet Lake Rodeo 2015 - Day 3 - May 18, 2015

Date:    Monday, May 18, 2015
Time:    11:00am
Where:  Lillooet Lake Rodeo Grounds

Come to the WIREA Lillooet Lake Rodeo!

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 there! 

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 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! 

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