Roy­alty com­ing to Hand Hills Cen­ten­nial Stam­pede

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede Cen­ten­nial is just weeks away, and roy­alty is get­ting ready to come out.

The Cal­gary Stam­pede Queen Mag­gie Shortt and Princesses Bailee Billing­ton and Chelsey Jacobson will be com­ing out for the Hand Hills rodeo on June 3-5. For Drumheller na­tive Jacobson, the Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede is a date she has been look­ing for­ward to.

“I would go al­most ev­ery year. It is pretty spe­cial,” Jacobson tells The Mail. “We have trav­elled all over Canada and lit­er­ally across the world, so I am re­ally ex­cited to come to my home­town rodeo and see some fam­ily and friends.”

So far, they are com­mit­ted to ap­pear in the pa­rade on Sat­ur­day morn­ing, but may also be on­site for more events dur­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tive rodeo.

“Be­ing the 100th an­niver­sary it will be pretty spe­cial,” said Jacobson. “Hope­fully we’ll be able to stay a bit and watch some of the rodeo and visit.”

“It is cool to have grown up with the Hand Hills rodeo, and then to see how the tra­di­tion has formed over the last 100 years.”

The Stam­pede Queen and Princesses have been keep­ing a very busy sched­ule and most re­cently re­turned from Eng­land. For Jacobson, a high­light was see­ing the Phan­tom of the Opera. She is en­joy­ing the trav­els, with an itin­er­ary that in­cludes ev­ery­where from Las Ve­gas to Berlin. "It is quite the year for us,” said Jacobson. But com­ing home is a spe­cial treat, as Stam­pede Queen Mag­gie Shortt, a Strath­more na­tive at­tests.

“I am su­per ex­cited for the Strath­more rodeo," laughs Shortt.

Stam­pede Princess Bailee Billing­ton is a Cal­gary girl, but is look­ing for­ward to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Hand Hills Rodeo.

“I’ve never been to the Hand Hills pa­rade or rodeo, so I think Mag­gie and I are both re­ally ex­cited to be join­ing Chelsey and see­ing her home­town rodeo,” said Billing­ton.


(l-r) Stam­pede Princess Bailee Billing­ton, Stam­pede Queen Mag­gie Shortt and Princess Chelsey Jacobson of Drumheller will be com­ing to the Hand HIlls Lake Stam­pede for its cen­ten­nial.

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