Lamont Summer Sizzler RodeoAlberta is in the thick of a busy rodeo month and we’ve only just reached the midpoint of July.
Soon enough in Lamont, we’ll be marking the near-end of the month with the Lamont Agricultural Society’s annual Summer Sizzler Rodeo & Agricultural Fair. Much like Fort Saskatchewan's Party in the Park or Strathcona County's Vintage Tractor Pull, the Summer Sizzler is more than just a rodeo, it’s a massive community undertaking that’ll require an investment of your time, promising to return that to you and your family twicefold over the course of one exciting weekend. We compiled three major reasons for paying a visit to the Lamont Summer Sizzler Rodeo.
Being able to cater to both adults and the kids is a major qualification for any Alberta festival, rodeo or otherwise, to shine. Other notable festivals in the same timeframe such as Redwater Discovery Days, Vegreville's Shop in the Park and Thorhild County's Polka Fest & Pioneer Days all succeed at presenting family entertainment that is engaging and not corny. Thankfully the Lamont Summer Sizzler Rodeo passes that test too. The kids have enough for days with events like a pancake breakfast, a bench show, a market garden, a family dance to name a few! Meanwhile, adults are provided with outdoor beer gardens and a barn dance featuring homegrown alt-country act Lonesome Dove.
This year, the rodeo is shaping up to be a stunning tour de force, taking up both Friday and Saturday timeslots to the main event AND a rodeo slack, meaning we’re in for a long haul of performances from some of Alberta’s best. Four-time Canadian Pro Rodeo Entertainer Denny Halstead will be making an appearance on rodeo clown duties. Meanwhile, this year’s Combine Krunch boasts a great lineup of 16 combines in a rock and sock ‘em environment taken to the absolute max. With the lack of a demolition derby this year, the Combine Krunch is your best bet to watch Alberta destruction and mayhem spread over two days, with a finals taking place Sunday.
The Kids Are Alright
To further drive the point home that that this is a family-friendly event, the Little Sizzlers’ Rodeo is an option if you’ve tired of seeing grown, professional adults try and handle cattle. Everything’s cuter when a kid’s doing it, whether it’s team chuck wagon races, dummy ropin', sheep scrambling, barrel racing or goat tying. Case in point, here’s an example of a mutton bustin’, something that happens when kids strap themselves to sheep and ride for dear life. There’ll be plenty of this at the Little Sizzlers’ Rodeo.
The Lamont Summer Sizzle Rodeo & Agricultural Fair takes place from July 22-24 at the Conrad Schinkinger Memorial Grounds, found just outside the town.
Back to GO SUMMER!