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Lasso some fun at Hanover Ag Fair

By: Geralyn Wichers

Posted: 08/16/2018 3:00 PM

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A cowboy looks to rope a calf during a rodeo event at last year's Hanover Ag Fair.


A cowboy looks to rope a calf during a rodeo event at last year's Hanover Ag Fair.


Dust off the ten-gallon hat and head to Grunthal. It’s Hanover Ag Fair weekend.

Gates open to the Ag grounds at the crack of 5 p.m., Thursday, in time for a Bud Spud and Steak dinner put on by Bigg Smoak BBQ. At 7 p.m., opening ceremonies will officially kick the party off before the main event, Bull-a-rama, at 7:30 p.m.

Come back Friday morning for pancakes from 7-9 a.m. at the RM of Hanover Food Tent. At 8 a.m., enjoy the control, grace and discipline of the horses at the CWHA Light Horse Show.

The Family Fun Zone opens at noon. There will be games, a petting zoo, face-painting, a dunk tank and Ag on the MOOVE in the Agucation Centre, an educational exhibit.

The rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by an outdoor movie at 10 p.m.

Saturday morning, the parade begins winding through town at 10 a.m. The gates to the grounds open at 11 a.m., and a "world famous" barbecue chicken lunch starts serving at 11:30 a.m.

The speed pattern-riding games of Gymkhana start at noon in the rodeo arena. An amateur strongman competition lifts off at 1 p.m. on the main stage. The rodeo starts at 5 p.m.

Saturday night, country acts Daniel Desorcy and Jason Kirkness will rock the Fairway Ford mainstage at 8 p.m. before headliner Aaron Goodvin.

Sunday morning, gates open for a community worship service at 10:30 a.m. Families can eat a "5 Buck Lunch" at the RM of Hanover Food Tent afterward.

An ATV and mini-bike rodeo kicks up the dust in the rodeo arena at 12:30 p.m.

Meanwhile on the mainstage, contemporary Christian band Soul Purpose will play at 1 p.m., followed by an arm-wrestling competition, juggling, and other acts.

Over at the Southwood Speedway, take in a smash-and-crash demolition derby at 4 p.m.

For a full schedule of events, visit

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