The Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is coming to Red Deer from Oct 30th to Nov 4th, 2018. For six days, Westerner Park will play host as the best Canadian rodeo competitors square up for one final showdown: the chance to be crowned national champions. The CFR turns 45 this year and 2018 marks the first time that the rodeo extravaganza touches down in Red Deer. Here are 3 Central Alberta ways to get excited about the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Yee-haw!
1. Get Lost in the CFR logo at Kraay Family Farm
In celebration of 45 years of CFR excitement, Lacombe’s Kraay Family Farm has pulled out all the stops with their world-famous corn maze. In the past, the farm has transformed their fields of corn into tributes to various sports teams, country singer Paul Brandt and even the Peanuts crew. This year, the maze is made to resemble the classic rodeo logo of the CFR: complete with the iconic saddle bronc rider! Sprawling over 15 acres, expect to set aside a couple of hours for this bad boy.
Aside from the maze, there’s plenty more to do while there! The farm is home to more than 40 attractions including jumping pillows, farm animals, a sugar shack, pig races, human foosball, stalk car racing, barnyard twisters, gemstone mining and campfires. It’s no wonder Kraay Family Farm is a classic Alberta summer and fall destination for families, group expeditions and date nights.
Many of the attractions have a CFR feel to them too. Kids can attempt to go for an 8-second ride on the bucking broncos or give it their best shot at horse tail plaiting. There’s also tractor pulling and calf roping activities, to complete your CFR-themed day. The pumpkin patch and pumpkin cannon are family favourite spots on the farm in the fall. The farm is open until October 20th so you’ll have plenty of time to get up to some autumn fun.
2. Outrun the horse with the Heritage Ranch Ranch Tracker experience
Remember playing cops and robbers as a kid? Ranch Tracker is cops and robbers all grown up. You have one hour to capture a series of flags spread out across an undisclosed location at Heritage Ranch. The catch is you’ll have to do it entirely under cover – if you get caught by the tracker, it’s game over! This game is inspired by the iconic Canadian television show Mantracker. It’s deep cover; we’re talking the kind of cover that gets you thinking thick bush, camo gear, mud, fields and forest. You’ll have to lay low, avoid distractions and keep away from places that look tempting but could give your location away to the tracker. You can package a hearty steak dinner at Heritage Ranch with your experience – aka the perfect celebratory reward.
3. Head to the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
Ponoka, a stone’s throw away from Red Deer, is home to some of the coolest sports paraphernalia at the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a museum indebted to the country’s rodeo past, proudly celebrating contestants, animals and builders who strove for excellence in Canadian rodeo. Relive the ranching history as you pore over hundreds of artifacts and displays telling the stories of Canada’s rodeo legacy.
These activities and more should get geared up and excited for CFR 45! There’s plenty of rodeo fun to be had beyond the walls of Westerner Park, so we hope you get up to some bull-raising good times in Red Deer.
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