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Rain or shine it's stampede time

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Rain or shine, the Manitoba Stampede will go on in Morris, if only a little late.

"We've never, ever not run the rodeo in 47 years," said board member Tim Lewis, as he took shelter under one of the grounds' few structures.

"They'll try and perform no matter what," said Lewis, of the more than 100 rodeo participants.

Thursday afternoon, classic country tunes filled the air, despite the live music main stage being shut down due to electrical concerns as rain poured down.

Cowboy hats mingled with umbrellas and ponchos in the grandstands as the first chuck wagon races were delayed till the evening.

People left the stands shaking their heads, wondering where to go.

"Why does it have to rain on my vacation," asked Trinda Lee Haines, who has been coming to the rodeo for over a decade. The Winnipegger made the trip for the day with her family, adding she likely can't come back for another day.

Rodeo fans, along with organizers, can breath a small sigh of relief. Looking ahead, Environment Canada calls for a high of 23C with a 60% chance of rain for Friday.

Once that's out of the way, it's due to be sunny and 28C, Saturday and Sunday.
 

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