A special event will combine elements of rodeo with an Albertan artisan twist next spring.
Cowboy Kicks will be a major fundraiser on May 5.
“Cowboy Kicks was created to support Westerner Park, an essential economic, social and cultural driver for our region, and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport team, an important behind-the-scenes medical service team for rodeo events in Canada,” says Kathy Lacey, Cowboy Kicks committee chair.
During the evening, 20 one-of-a-kind Fibreglass boots, hand painted by Alberta artists, will be auctioned off.
Guests will be treated to a hearty, western meal, while enjoying an award-winning Canadian country music artist in an intimate concert setting.
More details about the event, the featured singer and tickets for Cowboy Kicks will be available in early 2021 through Westerner Park’s website.
“Cowboy Kicks is a great example of the collaborative spirit of our organization: developing and applying strengths of our partnerships for the betterment of both the arts and agriculture community,” says Mike Olesen, chief executive officer at Westerner Park.
Brandon Thome, Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team executive director, said 2020 has been a hard year for rodeo.
“And our sport medicine team was no different. These funds will help to offset costs incurred from the stoppage of rodeo during the pandemic, such as taping and medical supplies that had already been purchased, and the upkeep and maintenance of our mobile treatment trailers and vehicles.”
The medical team is also hoping to obtain one or two items from its wish list – including new exercise bikes for treatment trailers and to restock a variety of orthopedic braces that are necessary.
The Cowboy Kicks Committee is looking for Alberta artists to design the 20 Fibreglass cowboy boots – six large and 14 small (about four feet and 1.5 feet high, respectively) for auction at the May event.
Artists have until Jan. 15 to submit three examples of their work and an idea for a theme for decorating a boot. There is a $750 honorarium paid for painting a large boot and $400 for a small one.
The committee can be contacted at 4847A 19th St., Red Deer, T4R 2N7. The group can also be reached by e-mailed at email@example.com.