Improving weather helps boost Sunday rodeo attendance in Keremeos

Keremeos Elks Rodeo finishes a successful second day of activities

Debbie Dickie of Abbotsford joins J.J. Harrison in a happy dance after winning $500 in the Keremeos Elks Rodeo 50-50 draw on Sunday.

The weather behaved, enticing a moderate crowd to turn out for Saturday’s Keremeos Elks Rodeo events.

A less than stellar weather forecast, may have contributed to a rather moderate crowd turning out Saturday to enjoy an afternoon of rodeo in Keremeos.

This year’s Saturday offerings represented a change from past years, when rodeo events were held on Saturday and Sunday, with the bulls and barrels feature taking place on Monday. This year, the rodeo events happen on Sunday and Monday, following the traditional Elks Rodeo Parade, which is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. along Seventh Avenue.

Levi Laulor of Quesnel finished in first place following the bull riding event Saturday, with 162 points.

An intermission show featured the Marron Valley Drill Team, with more than two dozen ladies competing in the barrels program Saturday afternoon.


Saturday evening’s dance at Victory Hall was disppointing in terms of attendance, however.

Several residents felt that too many venues offered live entertainment on Saturday night, limiting the number of residents turning out to the dance. At least four outlets in Keremeos were offering live entertainment Saturday evening.


Police reported a relatively quiet night.

Sunday’s weather forecast was also away off base, skies turning mostly sunny with shirtsleeve weather in the afternoon. A few minor showers appeared in the late afternoon, causing relatively little inconvenience.

The rodeo played out to a very full grandstand Sunday, with near perfect rodeo weather.

The steak supper in Memorial Park attracted about the same number as last year,  feeding approximately 330 satisfied carnivores.

“Where else can you get a full steak dinner, with all the trimmings, for $10?” asked Keremeos Councillor Jeremey Evans.

The Keremeos Community Church also offered live music Sunday night at Memorial Park.


The famous Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast in Memorial Park on Monday,followed by Monday morning’s 76th Elks Rodeo annual parade, which  runs down Seventh Avenue, starting at 10:30 a.m. The second day of full rodeo events continues on Monday afternoon.



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