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Rodeo stampedes into Morris

By: Geralyn Wichers

Posted: 07/19/2018 9:00 AM

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Rodeo action returns to Morris this weekend.

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Rodeo action returns to Morris this weekend.

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Manitoba’s only professional rodeo will envelop Morris in a cloud of dust and excitement this weekend.

The Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition kicks off Thursday morning.

Foremost on the list, the rodeo itself. Thursday afternoon, the first rounds of World Championship pony chuckwagon and chariot races, and thoroughbred chariot races will tear up the track. That evening, the cowboys command the arena as they compete in bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, barrel racing and many other events. Rodeo rounds continue until Sunday. Rodeo clown Gordo Bones will keep folks on their toes with his antics.

The Rempel Insurance Saloon Stage presents a full lineup. Country artist Frannie Klein will rock the stage Thursday night. Friday presents three acts: Brian Jacobs at noon, Julie Ferguson at 4 p.m., and Greg Arcade at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, music students from Winnipeg’s School of Rock will perform at noon. Kevin Peters will rock the stage at 4 p.m., and David Pestrak will finish off the evening at 9:00.

Kids can check out the Ag-tivity Ranch, where they can enjoy face-painting, a petting zoo and other fun stuff.

Bigger kids can shoot their way through a barn full of zombies at the Temple Raider Gauntlet, hosted by Frontier LARP.

Anyone feeling left out of the rodeo experience can sign up to learn how to rope at the roping clinics, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Saturday morning, put on the candy-catching gloves for the Stampede parade, which will travel down Lucinda at 10 a.m.

Sunday morning, all are invited to a multi-church community service at the grandstands in the stampede grounds. The service starts at 10 a.m. Pastor Mark Hughes from Winnipeg’s Church of the Rock will speak.

For more information and a full schedule of events, or to purchase tickets, visit manitobastampede.ca.

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