It’s that time of year… when Capital City goes Cowboy! Ever since 1974 when the first Canadian Finals Rodeo took place, cowgirls and cowboys from across North America converge in Edmonton every fall to compete in Canada’s greatest rodeo. It’s a six-day celebration full of fans, throbbing music, exhilarating opening acts, and of course, the rodeo competitors who have come to town to put it all on the line against some of the best rodeo stock in the world. On the line is a cash prize of $1,470,000, a chance at sponsorship endorsements, and, the most coveted prize of all, the Canadian Champion buckle. So pull on your cowboy boots and hats — there’s plenty to see and do in Edmonton during the Canadian Finals Rodeo!
1. CFR Kickoff Party
Get the rodeo party started with all of the cowboys competing in the rodeo! Watch the Back Number Ceremony and meet the athletes during an autograph session. Then, get ready to two-step all night long with a FREE concert by Canadian country musician Aaron Pritchett! West Edmonton Mall; November 5, 5:30 pm; visit www.wem.com for more information.
2. Canadian Finals Rodeo
It’s the 40th Anniversary of this world-class rodeo event! Cheer on North America’s toughest cowboys and cowgirls as they vie for the championship buckle and the prize money in events like bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, ladies barrel racing, saddle bronc, bull riding, boys steer riding, novice saddle and bareback riding. Visit www.cfr.ca for a complete schedule of events. Rexall Place; November 6-10; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets.
Can’t make it to the rodeo? Watch full coverage of the rodeo events LIVE for FREE at www.roadtothecfr.com: November 6 – 8, 6:45 pm – 9:30 pm MST; November 9, 12:45 pm – 10:15 pm MST. Watch the events on November 10 during prime time on SportsNet One, 7 pm – 10 pm MST.
3. FarmFair International
Canada’s premiere livestock and agricultural show attracts thousands annually to see, show, and sell top quality livestock; to shop in the RAM Marketplace for western and agricultural goods; and to enjoy a variety of entertainment, rodeo competitions, and demonstrations. Visit www.farmfairinternational.com for a complete schedule of events. Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands, 7515 118 Ave.; November 5 – 10.
4. Tailgate Parties & The Buckle
Party before the party! Get pumped for the rodeo events each night by grabbing a drink in the beer gardens, listen to great local talent, and chow down from some of Edmonton’s best food trucks. Want to keep the party going into the night? Head to The Buckle — the official CFR Party headquarters! Country music acts like The Stellas and Ain’t No Rodeo will provide the beats for a night of two-stepping while plenty of beer and drinks will be flowing. Visit cfr.ca for more information. Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands, 7515 118 Ave. November 6 – 9, 5 pm – 7 pm; November 10, 11 am – 1 pm. Doors open at 9 pm Nov 6 – 9 for The Buckle.