The Canadian Finals Rodeo, set to take place in November at Westerner Park, has been postponed because of the pandemic.
Westerner Park, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association jointly made the decision to cancel the event until 2021 on Tuesday.
”With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19-related health guidelines, and the cancellation of many qualifying rodeos this summer, they determined the standard of excellence and quality of experience that fans and competitors expect from the Canadian Finals Rodeo would not be achievable this year,” says the group in a news release.
CFR is a national championship rodeo, originally planned to run Nov. 3 to 8 at the Centrium in Red Deer. The world-class rodeo consistently attracts the best contestants and stock in North America and more than 43,000 attendees.
The six-day event contributes an economic impact of approximately $37 million to the region.
Albertans, Canadians and international visitors gather to watch over 100 of the world’s best rodeo athletes compete in the final event of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association season.
“The health, safety and protection of our athletes, animals and guests is always our top priority,” says association general manager Jeff Robson.
“During these uncertain times, and considering the pandemic, economic instability and reality of the extensive preparation that goes into a successful rodeo, we know it is the right decision to postpone this year’s event.”
“Rodeo is built on community. CFR comes together through the financial and community support of our local businesses. A national event like this also brings a great economic benefit to our region,” says chamber of commerce CEO Rick More.
“We understand this year has been challenging for everyone. Our partners and sponsors need time to recover economically to be able to support our event on the level they are used to.”
“Our staff, volunteers, sponsors, community partners and supporters are the backbone that allows us to produce a world-class event,” says Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen.
“Making this decision will affect all of us. However, we are a resilient group and will use this opportunity to envision and create a week of Rodeo Untamed that engages our entire community in 2021.”