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Record numbers turn out for return of Falkland Stampede

Record crowds at Stampede

Organizers of the Falkland Stampede are "beside themselves" over record attendance at the Victoria Day long weekend rodeo.

Rodeo manager Melissa Seaman says attendance over the three days exceeded 13,000.

While she didn't have exact figures, Seaman said based on counts at the gate about 4,000 people attended Saturday, 6,000 on Sunday, and 3,000 on Monday.

"Our previous biggest attendance would have been for our 100th (anniversary) in 2018," she said. "That would have been about 10,000."

"We are still besides ourselves after the record shattering attendance ... Thank you again to all of our volunteers for their continued hard work and to all of our patient and excited spectators," organizers posted on the stampede Facebook page over the weekend.

Seaman says Falkland was "really busy" all weekend, and people "were super courteous."

Long lines of traffic were seen on Highway 97 heading into the tiny community for the event.

"I think people were really happy to be out again, post-COVID," said Seaman.



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