Saddle up, Edmonton! CFR kicks off Wednesday

EDMONTON — Grab your cowboy hats and boots, it’s that time of year again. The 42nd annual Canadian Finals Rodeo kicks off at Northlands on Wednesday.

“Every year, our city saddles up and gets ready to celebrate our deep-rooted connection to our western identity and tradition,” said Tim Reid, president and CEO of Northlands.

The CFR is the largest indoor rodeo in Canada. Every year it attracts the country’s best rodeo athletes for six full days of competition and performances.

This year, 108 competitors are expected to vie for national titles in seven major events and more than $1.5 million in prize money.

“We are excited to celebrate the 42nd annual CFR in Edmonton,” said Maggie Davison, vice president of Edmonton Tourism. “This is an important event for our community, for Edmontonians and visitors.”

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Taking in an event isn’t the only way to get involved in the rodeo fun. Farmfair International, one of the country’s most popular agricultural shows, is also taking place at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Year after year, thousands of people from around the world come to Edmonton to show and sell their livestock.

Farmfair International also offers more than 150 booths for shoppers looking for everything from leather goods and saddles to home décor and art.

“We encourage Edmontonians to rally behind the rodeo and celebrate with activities throughout the city and a visit to Farmfair International and the CFR at Northlands,” said Reid.

Global Edmonton will have plenty of live coverage from Northlands beginning on Wednesday night during the News Hour at 6 p.m.

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Shaw TV will broadcast events on the following days:

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • Rebroadcasts the next day: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday Championship Finals: 7 p.m.
  • Repeats: 11 p.m. and 11 a.m.

The first CFR drew in about 24,000 fans. Now, the event pulls in more than 90,000 people each year.

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