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Lillooet Lake Rodeo 2015 - Day 3

Photo by Dave Steers

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015
Time: 11 AM
Location: Lillooet Lake Rodeo Grounds
Admission: Varies

The Lillooet Lake Rodeo: Why it is Special

Lillooet Lake Rodeo

Although the Lillooet Lake Rodeo may look like any other rodeo from the outside, come take a closer look and find out why this rodeo is special.

It's part of a long and cherished tradition within the rodeo circuit itself. It is a native rodeo, part of the WIREA group of rodeos. WIREA stands for Western Indian Rodeo and Events Association.

This group whose beginnings hearken back to the 1950s, when the first Native rodeo associations were formed in both Canada and the United States. Eventually, the western rodeo associations joined to form the WIREA.

A WIREA event stands out both in the way the Native people who produce the rodeo integrate children's and community events as well as the respect the participants have for the animals involved.

You'll notice that today's event includes a parade as well as a "Fun Rodeo" - These both help to bring the community together and foster the social aspect of the rodeo, which is one of the most important parts of the rodeo experience.

It's All About Community

Everyone tells us (again and again) that the best part of the Lillooet Lake Rodeo is that everyone is there! This rodeo is all about the community. Starting with the parade on May 16th, to the Fun Rodeo on the 16th, and the dance under the stars, the entire weekend centres around the community.Novice events include steer riding, Whistler Ski Bum, cow riding, pie eating contest, cowboy hustle (no rules!) and much more. This is fun for everyone; bring the entire family along and join in!

At the WIREA website says, "Native rodeo participants usually have a very special, long-standing relationship with natural and supernatural beings, particularly horses and cattle, the modern equivalent of the buffalo. Most rodeos begin with the Cowboy Prayer, and an opening prayer in a Native language acknowledging the superiority of the animals, who are asked to have pity on the human beings and not be "too hard" on them during the competition." This is certainly true for the Lillooet Lake Rodeo. It is a longstanding community event that inevitably brings smiles to the faces of everyone who attends. Come and see why this rodeo truly is special.

The Official WIREA Professional Rodeo

Be on the Rodeo Grounds at 11:00am sharp. The entry fee for the professional rodeo is $50. Of course, if you are simply watching the rodeo, the entry fee is $5, with children 10 and under free.

Professional Events:

  • Event Purse $1,000 — Bull Riding, Tie Down Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Breakaway roping, and team Roping
  • Event Purse: $500 — bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling

Minor Events:

  • The entry fee for these events is $30
  • Event Purse $500 — Junior Steer Riding, Junior Barrel Racing

Special Events:

  • The entry fee for these events is $10
  • Event Purse $150 — Pee-wee Barrel Racing

Learn More and Join in

There will be a Dance Under the Stars, as well as the professional rodeo on May 17 and 18th. This event is always well attended and fun for everyone, so we hope to see you there!

  • WIREA Entries happen on May 4 and 5th from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Phone: 250-457-6212
  • Local and Open Entries happen on May 4 and 5th from 4:00 to 10:00. Phone 604-894-6665
  • Call back day is May 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Rodeo admission is $5 per person, with children 10 and under FREE

Watch This Video by Mike Douglas:

"The best thing is that the entire community of Mt Currie comes out for the whole weekend." - Mike Douglas