This bronc was raring to buck off his rider right out of the gate

This bronc was raring to buck off his rider right out of the gate

Event season kicks off with pro rodeo in Princeton

With the dawning of blue skies and warmer weather, event season is well underway in Princeton.

The Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo was held this past Mother’s Day weekend presented by the British Columbia Rodeo Association and the Princeton Rodeo Club.

Friday began the three day event with the Stan Thompson Memorial Team Roping leading up to two days packed with rodeo action consisting of;

Wild Horse Races, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Junior Steer Riding, Ladies Barrel Racing, Junior Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Junior Breakaway Roping and Bull Riding.

Clown JJ Harrison kept attendees in stitches of laughter with his escapades and kept children actively involved during the half time segments of both days by running the one-shoe race and stick horse races.

Grand entry and intermission entertainment was provided by West Coast Thunder, ladies Drill Team. Stock Contractor for the event was C+Rodeos and the voice of the weekend­—none other than rodeo announcer, Al Parsons.

A few locals participated in the rodeo events; Norman Breen – Steer Wrestling and Team Roping, Ernie Willis – Breakaway Roping and Team Roping and Terry Wright – Team Roping. Princeton Rodeo Princess, Bree Lindley assisted in the rodeo ring and with the children’s games throughout the weekend.

The Ken McCoy band provided excellent entertainment for Saturday nights dance and the concession crew kept everyone fed until closing.

Visiting royalty to this years rodeo were; Miss Omak Stampede, Breanna Howell and Miss Tonasket Rodeo, Karlie Henneman.

Rodeo weekend is just the beginning in the line up of events to be held in Princeton this Spring and Summer.

Ambassador Speech Night and Chocolate Extravaganza takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion at 7 p.m., on Thursday, May 16.

The Upper Similkameen Spirit Festival will take place at Princeton Secondary School, May 17 through 19. The Posse Trade Show happens from May 31 through to June 2.

June hosts the Rotary Golf Tournament, Graduation Ceremonies and the Princeton Racing Days Weekend.

In July, take in the Canada Day festivities, the  annual A&W Show N’ Shine Car Show and the Men’s and Ladies Golf Championships.

August gets busy with Tulameen Family Fun Days, The Princeton Traditional Music Festival and The Princeton and District Agricultural Fair.

During July and August as well, watch out for free concerts taking place in the gazebo at Veterans Square.

To keep up with these events and others, visit the town website at

If you have an event you need listed, please contact Recreation and Cultural Coordinator, Nadine McEwen at 250-295-6067.