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Ram Rodeo returning to Orangeville Fairgrounds for bull riding, bucking horses and more

June 16, 2022   ·   0 Comments

25th Annual Ram Rodeo coming to fairgrounds

By Sam Odrowski

Dust off your cowboy hat and boots – the rodeo is coming to town.

The Orangeville Fairgrounds will feature bucking horses, bull riding, barrel racing, trick riding, and pole bending competitions this Saturday and Sunday (June 18-19) for Ram Rodeo Tour’s 25th season. There are 14 stops on this year’s tour and the rodeo will be back at the Orangeville Fairgrounds August 20-21.

“There’s going to be about 150 cowboys and cowgirls coming to town, and they’re competing as part of the ram rodeo circuit where there’s a quarter million dollars of prize money up for grabs this summer through the tour,” said Ross Millar, Ram Rodeo Tour president.

The event is family friendly and there will be a kids rodeo where children can go in the arena for rodeo themed games before the ranked events begin.

“I like to think that there’s something for all ages,” said Millar.

A variety of vendors will be present as well, selling everything from western apparel to small batch BBQ sauce sourced from the southern United States.

Competitors travel from all over to participate in Ram Rodeo with several coming from Quebec, Nova Scotia, the United States. There are even bull riders coming from Brazil to compete, Millar noted.

He said a highlight of Ram Rodeo is the Canadian Cowgirls Team, who are coming off of an American Tour, with Orangeville’s rodeo being their first show back in Canada.

The rodeo helps raise money for Tuff Therapeutic Riding Foundation, which is based out of Mono, and offers horseback riding lessons to at-risk youth. The program serves children who are referred from child protection and mental health organizations within Dufferin, Caledon, Peel, and Toronto.

Last year, $10,000 was raised for the charity.

Another not-for-profit Ram Rodeo is supporting this year is the 85 Tornado Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron of Grand Valley.

Ram Rodeo sold out last year, and Millar said he’d encourage everyone thinking of attending to secure their tickets ahead of time, as they’re $5 cheaper.

To purchase tickets online go to ramrodeoontario.com/p/tickets.html or buy them in-person at Orangeville Chrysler-Ram (207163 Highway 9) or Circle K in Grand Valley (24 Main Street).

The event takes place rain or shine.



         


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