A Weekend Rodeo Commemorates World War I

Some 357 cowboys will compete for $45,000 in prizes at the annual Falkland Stampede.

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It started as a community picnic to celebrate the end of the WWI. Ninety-four years later, it's still going strong.

The Falkland Stampede in Falkland, British Columbia, became a professional rodeo in 1970, and draws about 5,000 people a year over three days. This year, 357 cowboys will compete for $45,000 in prizes. "It’s one of the oldest rodeos in Canada and it’s what people do on the May long weekend," Jason Churchill, stampede manager, told the Vernon Morning Star.

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