Annual May Long Weekend event celebrates a fantastic year with Cowboys, Skateboarding, Sun and Family Fun!
It was an exciting May Long Weekend as the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair celebrated its 69th year of world-class Rodeo action and 127th year of family fun entertainment at the Country Fair. Over 85,000 fairgoers attended the Country Fair, and over 23,000 rodeo fans attended the five Rodeo performances.
With some of the best weather B.C. has seen all year and an enthusiastic rodeo crowd, the Rodeo performances saw some of the strongest crowds in decades. Even with the added seating, the Rodeo saw two back-to-back sell-outs for Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances, and a near sold-out stadium on Monday as well.
The Country Fair showcased the world’s top skateboarders for the 4th annual World Freestyle Round-Up skateboarding competition, where riders representing ten nations competed. Other attractions included the inaugural West Fine Art Show, Richards Racers Pig Racing, West Coast Lumberjack Show, the Cone Zone, and a new BC Country Music Association outdoor music pavilion.
Highlights from this weekend:
World’s Top Cowboys and Cowgirls Compete
The 69th annual Cloverdale Rodeo showcased the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls at one of the world’s top ten rodeo events. This year, the winners split over $325,000 in prize money.
Jessy Davis walked away with the $20,000 First Place prize, dominating Bareback Riding all weekend and finishing off strong with a score of 89 on Monday.
Tyrell Larsen dominated the Saddle Bronc competition from start to finish at this year’s Cloverdale Rodeo, winning $20,000 in the final.
Kamloops native Julie Leggett rode to victory in the Ladies Barrel Racing with an impressive time of 16.195 seconds.
The 2014 Cloverdale Rodeo Bull Riding champ Steve Woolsey once again takes the grand prize of $44,000 with a score of 86.5. He will be going home with a total of $46,800 for the weekend as well as the title of 2015 Cloverdale Rodeo Bull Riding Champion.
Rounding-Up the World’s Top Skateboarders
Gathering top Pro and Amateur freestyle skateboarders from around the world, the World Freestyle Round-Up took place inside the Cloverdale Curling Rink located on the Cloverdale Fair Grounds, featuring a flawless concrete floor that is ideal for flatland freestyle skateboarding.
The final day of the World Freestyle Round-Up contest saw every competitor stepping up their game big time with White Rock native Andy Anderson taking first place in the Amateur Division, and Surrey locals Dillanger Kane and Chadd Sinclair rounding out Fifth and Tenth Place respectively.
Last year’s First Place Amateur winner, 12-year-old Isamu Yamamoto from Japan, took Fourth Place this year in the World Roundup competing for his first time in the Pro Division. Ultimately, it was Guenter Mokulys from Berlin who cleaned up the competition taking home the Pro division First Place win.
About the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair:
The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association is the non-profit organization that manages the world famous Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, held every year on the May long weekend at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, British Columbia.
The Association is also responsible for the year-round management of the eight facilities on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds that host over 1,000 events annually, including trade shows, concerts, festivals, sporting events, horse and dog shows, swap meets, flea markets, weddings and meetings.
For more information on the Association and the 69th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and the 127th Country Fair, visit www.CloverdaleRodeo.com.