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Canadian Finals Rodeo cancelled for 2020

Marcos Gloria, of Edmonton, Alberta, celebrates winning the Bull Riding event during finals rodeo action at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, July 15, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

RED DEER (660 NEWS) – A major rodeo event set for central Alberta has been cancelled for this year.

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) announced the Canadian Finals Rodeo will be postponed until 2021 due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the cancellation of other rodeo events.

This year’s competition was scheduled to take place Nov. 3-8 at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer.

“The health, safety and protection of our athletes, animals and guests is always our top priority,” said Jeff Robson, General Manager, CPRA. “During these uncertain times, and considering the pandemic, economic instability and reality of the extensive preparation that goes into a successful rodeo, we know it is the right decision to postpone this year’s event.”

The event was expected to attract more than 43,000 people and contribute around $37 million to the local and provincial economies.

“We understand this year has been challenging for everyone; our partners and sponsors need time to recover economically to be able to support our event on the level they are used to,” said Rick More with the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce.

Dozens of events on the CPRA calendar, including the Calgary Stampede, have been cancelled with others postponed until the fall.