Red Deer pitches bid to rope in Canadian Finals Rodeo

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
November 30, 2017 - 7:25pm Updated: December 4, 2017 - 9:51am

Westerner Park and the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce are going the full eight seconds and beyond to prove Red Deer is ready to host the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

The two organizations hosted an event at the Enmax Centrium Thursday afternoon to share some of the details from their proposal to host the CFR starting next year. After which they met privately with Canadian Professional Rodeo Association board members to make their full pitch.

The CFR is in need of a new home after the Edmonton city council voted to close Northlands Coliseum at the end of this year. The rodeo has been held in Edmonton for each of it's 44 years thus far.



Highlights of the Red Deer host bid include:

- Hosting the CFR in Red Deer for 10 years beginning in 2018;

- Holding the rodeo and its seven performances at the Enmax Centrium the week prior to AgriTrade;

- Creating a new ‘Rising Stars of Rodeo’ event to be held each August;

- Continued support of the Cowboy's Benevolent Foundation to assist cowboys/cowgirls in times of need.

Officials wouldn’t confirm whether seating capacity at the Enmax Centrium will be expanded if the bid is successful.

The Enmax Centrium is no stranger to hosting rodeos, having hosted the final years of the Silver Buckle Rodeo in the mid-90s. Professional Bull Riding events have also taken place there over the past three years.

Red Deer is the first city out of the chute in presenting their bid to host the CFR. Officials expect it won't take long to learn whether Red Deer's bid is successful.

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