Grande Prairie has a rich history as an important farming and livestock town—and, of course, a town full of entertainment for the farmers, cowboys, and cowgirls that filled the town. All of that entertainment, from rodeos to stampedes to incredible stories coming in from the range, still exists in the town. Here are three historical options for you to take in this July.
Everyone loves a good rodeo, and there’s no better than the Rio Grande. In its 99th anniversary year, this rodeo hasn’t lost any of its amazing displays and exciting action. Head ringside to see everything from bronco, bareback, and bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, and—our personal favourite—wild cow milking. There’s also all of the other favourites, from corn dogs to crowns, so don’t miss this favourite event! Learn more here.
Another local favourite that’s also in its 99th anniversary year, the Teepee Creek Stampede brings different events to those who’ve already seen the rodeo. From live music to horsemanship displays, chuckwagon races and even fireworks, there’s plenty to do. The event is also family-friendly, with a family dinner and dance, bouncy castles, and plenty of activities for the young ones. Learn more here.
Over one hundred years ago, Harry Adair set out from Montana with three relatives, a few wranglers, and over 700 head of horses. This open-air play tells the story of his incredible journey, taking over three years to arrive in Grande Prairie, where he established the largest ranch in the Peace Country. This fascinating look at the city’s past will enthrall locals and visitors alike. Learn more here.
These events will be sure to excite you while allowing you to look back on the incredible past of our city. Still, Grande Prairie may be full of history, but our hotel is completely modern. You’ll love our premium rooms, so book yours today. We look forward to your visit!