Miller fam­ily to open Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede

The Drumheller Mail - - 100TH HAND HILLS LAKE STAMPEDE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa sub­mit­ted

It has been a cen­tury in the mak­ing, and the folks at the Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede are go­ing to party like its 1916.

The 100th Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede is set to go this week­end. While at the heart of the event is rid­ing, rop­ing and wrestling, there is a whole lot more go­ing on to mark the cen­ten­nial.

“We have so many things go­ing on this year above and be­yond the rodeo,” one of the or­ga­niz­ers, Day Len­festy, tells The Mail. Al­ready campers are pulling in for the week­end ex­trav­a­ganza, and Fri­day it starts with a good ol’ fash­ion pan­cake break­fast. Slack kicks off at 10 a.m. Fri­day. At noon, a tradeshow opens in the com­mu­nity Hall. The Bixbys will take the Stam- pede Stage from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This fam­ily of mu­si­cians has been play­ing at the Stam­pede for four gen­er­a­tions. Af­ter that, the True Grit Mounted Shoot­ers will put on a great gun-sling­ing per­for­mance. The first run­ning of the chucks and char­iot races are Fri­day night and then af­ter that, cow­boys and cow­girls can dance the night away to the sound of Drew Gre­gory for the open­ing party.

While Fri­day will be a day to re­mem­ber, Satur­day is even more action packed. Af­ter break­fast, the day kicks off with a pa­rade to mark the cen­ten­nial at 10 a.m. Af­ter that, there are the Wild Horse races and the mem­bers of the Miller fam­ily will be the guests of hon­our to open the show.

Doug McLean of Rocky Moun­tain House is the grand­son of J.J. Miller, the founder of the Hand Hills Lake Stam- pede. He is plan­ning to be on hand. His fam­ily will for­ever be linked to the event.

“We have been around it all of our lives,” McLean tells The Mail. “We are all very aware of it.”

He said he was at the 50th an­niver­sary of the show, and has at­tended a few times since then. He plans on head­ing up on Thurs­day and tak­ing in the en­tire spec­ta­cle.

Satur­day is packed with all kinds of fun in­clud­ing a per­for­mance by Don Howard in the af­ter­noon, an­other per­for- mance by the Bixbys and the Stam­pede Show Rid­ers. The Cat Coun­try Band will be the fea­tured en­ter­tain­ment at the Cow­boy Cabaret. The 100th Rodeo Fire­works will paint the sky at 11 p.m.

Sun­day, while the action winds down, there is still lots of Rodeo action with Crash Cooper rodeo en­ter­tainer, the wild pony races, chucks and char­i­ots and Five of Di­a­monds will be on the Stam­pede Stage.

Or­ga­niz­ers have put tremen­dous work into putting on the best show they can for the cen­ten­nial and it won’t be the last.

“It is go­ing to be pretty unique be­cause of all the his­tory and the com­mu­nity is com­ing to­gether so much. The com­mu­nity is grow­ing so it is go­ing to keep go­ing,” said or­ga­nizer Mar­i­lyn Vre­de­goor.

100 years of cow­boy cul­ture will be cel­e­brated at the Cen­ten­nial of the Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede this week­end.

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