The Falkland Stampede celebrates a major milestone this long weekend.
It’s the 100th anniversary of the event that manager Jason Churchill says started as a picnic in 1919 to celebrate soldiers making their way home at the end of World War 1.
“Somebody brought a horse that couldn’t be broke and a cowboy who had never been bucked off, and made the first official bronc rider at the Falkland Stampede. And the next year it got bigger and bigger.”
Churchill says the three day event will kick off with a re-enactment of a “bucking horse drive” Saturday morning at 11:40.
“That’s what they used to do in the 1930’s and 40’s when they drove bucking horses from Dougland Lake, Chase, Vernon or where-ever,” says Churchill, who has been manger of the stampede for 15 years.
His father Merv was involved for 25 years.
A homecoming event Sunday will feature 45 returning May Queen’s from year’s past including a 101 year old woman.
Professional cowboys will be competing for prizes worth over 50-thousand dollars, with more details at falklandstampede.ca.