Ryan Reid fights to stay in the saddle as a bull attempts to throw him from the reins at the Extreme Rodeo and Dance in Armstrong last year. The event returns Saturday at the Armstrong rodeo grounds. (Justin Bongers Photography)

Ryan Reid fights to stay in the saddle as a bull attempts to throw him from the reins at the Extreme Rodeo and Dance in Armstrong last year. The event returns Saturday at the Armstrong rodeo grounds. (Justin Bongers Photography)

Pigs make special appearance at Okanagan Rodeo

Search and Rescue benefit from pig auction

Broncs, bulls and pigs.

While not traditionally part of a rodeo, pigs are making a guest appearance at the Armstrong Extreme Rodeo Saturday, April 13.

The full-sized oinkers will be kicking up the dirt in a race at the IPE Stampede Grounds. And spectators have a shot at taking home the bacon.

“They are the fastest pigs in North America,” said event organizer Jamie Gilowski.

See: Armstrong cowboy battles beasts of addiction

From Buffalo Bill, the Quesenel pigs will then be auctioned off during half time with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to Vernon Search and Rescue.

“Search and Rescue are very vital to the North Okanagan with all the outdoor activities here,” said Gilowski, an avid ATV enthusiast, of why he chose to support SAR.

While the pigs are a new feature to the second annual Extreme Rodeo, presented by Bigg Rigg Productions Inc., there will also be the more traditional action. Saddling up in the ring will be 25 of Canada’s bull riders and bulls and 15 top national bronc riders – like Canadian champion Colt Smith, from Okotoks, Alta.

See: PHOTOS Bull riders battle in Armstrong

Professional freestyle bullfighting, Mexican ring of fire and bull poker will also entertain crowds.

Following the rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls can kick up their heels to Armstrong’s own Dirt Road Kings at the Curling Rink. The local band is quickly becoming recognized in the country music world, having just signed onto Merritt’s Rockin’ River Fest, opening for Brett Kissel Aug. 1. They will also open for the Washboard Union at the Funtastic Music Festival June 29.

See: Funtastic announces 2019 A&W Music Festival lineup

But tickets to Saturday’s dance are quickly selling out, with less than 50 tickets left.

Tickets to both the rodeo and dance are available (while quantities last) for $50 from Eventbrite (eventbrite.ca or call 365-323-4594), or at Cowboys Choice in Vernon, Hornby Equipment in Armstrong, Autowear Accessories in Enderby and The Horse Barn in Kamloops. Tickets are $40 each to the rodeo or dance at the gate, children 12 and under are free (not permitted at the dance or beverage gardens).

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with all the action getting underway at 6 p.m.


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

The administrative headquarters for the Central Okanagan Public Schools. (File photo)
COVID-19 exposures confirmed at 2 Central Okanagan Schools

The infected individuals are self-isolating at home

Farming Karma is set to release a line of fruit vodka sodas soon. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna fruit growers expanding line of beverages

Farming Karma is expanding from fruit sodas to fruit vodka sodas

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Jane Linden
KCR: Volunteering keeps you active

Kelowna Community Resources shares stories of its volunteers in a weekly column

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read