It’s that time of the year when the cowboys dust off their boots, the rodeo clowns tug on their wigs, and the cows get ready to run for dear life.
The Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition runs July 18-21 in Morris. The event—Manitoba’s only professional rodeo—made the Lonely Planet travel guide’s list of top 10 events in the province.
The stampede boasts of all the classic rodeo events. There’s the miniature chuckwagon races, which involve a team of four small but fierce ponies racing around in figure-eights.
There’s also saddle bronc riding, where riders do their best to stay on a bucking horse for a solid eight seconds using nothing but a tight grip, a pair of spurs, and a will to live.
Other events include tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bareback riding.
While the cowboys are busy spinning around a dirt track, visitors can get dizzy themselves on the midway rides.
Food trucks like Pippy’s and The Poutine King are also going to be making their way to the stampede.
A kids’ zone and ag fair are also planned, as well as the Scratching River Saloon, featuring live entertainment.
For ticket information and daily schedules, visit manitobastampede.ca.