Planning has started for the 38th annual Grande Prairie Stompede on May 27-31, 2015 at Evergreen Park.
The Grande Prairie Stompede Association held their AGM on Nov. 19, where the 2014-2015 board of directors was elected. The board consists of: RaeDawn Barker; Bernie Benson; Dan Boorse; Trevor Denis; Miranda Erickson; Phyllis Finch; Willie Kempin; Rob Kimble; Dale Impey; Laurlee Mather; Ross Mather; Sarah Michelle; Melissa Strban; and Terri Ellen Sudnik.
Sudnik, the president of the Grande Prairie Stompede, said contracts with the Western Chuckwagon Association (WCA), World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA), All Pro Canadian Chuckwagon & Chariot Association are being finalized; a contract has been signed with West Coast Amusements to bring the midway and carnival back next year; and a contract has been signed with the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association to bring back the pro rodeo events.
She said the beer garden acts have also been confirmed. Although tight lipped until an official announcement is made, she said the beer garden entertainment will be an “all Canadian” line-up.
“It looks like things are falling into place and now it’s more of infrastructure needs that we’re looking at and again, sponsorship and what those sponsors can bring to the Stompede as an in-kind commitment. We have some drastic needs for some additional scaffolding. We have more needs in other areas whether it’s porta potty rentals because with the growing numbers, like anything else, you always struggle with ‘is the infrastructure in place?’ ” said Sudnik.
“In terms of the event, people are excited to come to Grande Prairie.”
Sudnik said the Stompede takes more than a year to plan. For example, she said the board of directors is already beginning to review how to get people in and out of the park.
She said Stompede tickets will be available as of Dec. 1. and can be purchased online with Evergreen Park’s ticketing system.
Tarp sales are also being confirmed for the three chuckwagon associations. Tentative tarp auction dates are set: All Pro (March 19); WPCA (April 9) and WCA (end of April).
Once tarp sales are confirmed, Sudnik said there will be a special twist and surprise for the community.
“It’s something that has never been done in northern Alberta ever,” noted Sudnik.