From the Archives: Rainmaker Rodeo

With the annual Rainmaker Rodeo fast approaching, the Musée Héritage Museum Archives is excited to highlight some photographs and documents that we have about the history of the Rodeo.

In 1965, the Kinsmen Club of St. Albert planned to sponsor St. Albert’s first Rodeo in celebration of St. Albert’s 104th anniversary. Rodeo 104, as it was called at the time, included traditional rodeo performances such as calf roping and steer wrestling, but also included community events like barrel races and a Rodeo Queen contest.

The only problem the Kinsmen’s Rodeo Committee foresaw in organizing the Rodeo was “financial risk due to weather uncertainty.” Sure enough, St. Albert’s first Rodeo saw heavy rain. Successive Rodeo events also met with rain, which eventually led to the official name Rainmaker Rodeo.

Records and photographs related to the Rainmaker Rodeo are available for reference and research in our archival database: https://archives.museeheritage.ca/kinsmen-club-of-st-albert-fonds

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