The Okotoks Pro Rodeo is coming back next weekend for it's 30th year.

The rodeo got underway in 1991 but due to the pandemic, a year was missed.

Trevor Reidy, Marketing Director, says they're really looking forward to it this year including bringing back ladies' breakaway roping.

"We were one of the first, us and actually High River, we were one of the first two rodeos in Canada to bring in ladies breakaway roping and it was a pretty big hit. And I'll tell you what, those girls they are fast! It's incredible."

They'll have a full slate of rodeo action starting Friday, Aug. 26 at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6:00 p.m. (Slack's at 11:00 a.m.) and Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2:00 p.m. 

They're also bringing back the fun stuff for the kids.

"A number of years ago we added on Wild Pony racing 'cause we've always had Mutton Busting and in 2021 we added in Dummy Roping and we have two age categories in Dummy Roping. And we have a dummy out there and the kids would give it a rope and it's the fastest time wins a buckle."

Reidy also reminds us that for the Saturday night cabaret it's dancing in the dirt.

"We've got big tents set up out there and the dance is going to take place partially in the tents, partially in front of the tents and partly on the rodeo grounds so like we say you get to dance in the dirt."

The rodeo is back once again at the Millarville Racetrack and Ag grounds. They had to move locations due to the rodeo outgrowing its original location.

Reidy also is asking for some more volunteers.  

"The more volunteers the better it is because we have a tonne of jobs, helping us with seating people even, just things like that.  All kinds of different things and we got some groups that come in like 4-H does our parking for us, the kids are pretty funny sometimes."

And if you're looking to volunteer just email or call 403-803-3162.

Click here for the Eventbrite link for Rodeo tickets.