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Stampede Season

As an immigrant born in Scotland its always great to be catch some of our Canadian culture on display. This weekend I took the family up to the Falkland Stampede so they had a chance to see some of our Stampede culture. Cowboys, Cowgirls, Horses, and some feisty Bulls.
The 2013 Falkland Stampede is all done for this year but if your interested here are some other stampede options happening throughout BC this summer.
87th Annual Williams Lake Stampede
(June 28, 29, 30, & July 1st, 2013) 
The rodeo features Canadian Professional Rodeo Association action including one of the world's most dangerous events - Bull Riding. There's also the classic beauty of Ladies Barrel Racing … Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding … Steer Wrestling and Tie Down Roping. You'll see all of the top cowboys - international rodeo competitors from Canada and the United States.
The Williams Lake Stampede is also pleased to present the ever-popular Mountain Race as well. Once the horn blows, those riders and horses provide extreme rodeo entertainment as they zig zag down the hill and onto the track for the dash to the finish line in front of the grand stand.
Armstrong IPE
Aug 28th - Sept 1st, 
We mentioned the IPE last column ( )  so I won't go into much detail but its by far the closest option for those of us in the Okanagan area this summer.
Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede
Wed, Aug 7th to Sun, Aug 11th;
The 91st Annual Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede features 4 days of Agricultural Fair contests and exhibits along with 5 days of World Professional Chuckwagon and Western Professional Chuckwagon races. Friday includes a Downtown Parade and a ‘Tough Enough to wear Pink’ Fundraiser. All day - everyday enjoy West Coast Amusements, the Trade Fair, Sound Stage and nightly live band in the Watering Hole. Last but not least, an inspiring Gospel festival Sunday morning!
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Country Fest
Sat, Jul 27th to Sun, Jul 28th; 
“Unbelievably Fun” - Come out to the Annual Country Fest at the Albion Fairgrounds! Attractions of interest and fun include the Midway, 4-H Shows, Fun-Til-You're-Done Farm, Home Arts & Gardening and much more. Kids…WIN a free day of unlimited rides by entering our coloring contest online at our website. Admission to the Maple Ridge ~ Pitt Meadows Country Fest is FREE so come have some F-U-N!

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Ryan Donn, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest,, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.

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