Canadian Finals Rodeo Returns Action and Economic Momentum to Red Deer | The Canadian News

Rodeo fans were eager to return to the Canadian Finals Rodeo after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the CFR was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Event organizers opted for the province’s Restrictions Waiver Program, which means that attendees had to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

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Artist in the CFR in 2021.

courtesy: Covy Moore

Mike Olesen, CEO of Western parkHe said there was a bit of pressure in the event, but says he is happy with the way it has gone.

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“We really decided this event was a ‘go’ six weeks ago,” he explained.

“Ticket sales started slow because we have people on both sides of the pendulum with COVID-19. Attendance numbers have increased during the week. It’s practically a sold out crowd for Saturday night. “

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Olesen said that enforcing the masking in the arena has been challenging. On Saturday afternoon, a sizable portion of the attendees either did not have masks or wore them incorrectly while walking.

“The rules are pretty detailed … and confusing for people who are here to have a good time and have a beer,” Olesen said.

“We had to improve law enforcement, but we have been working very closely with AHS. We’re doing our due diligence, but at the same time, it’s central Alberta and it’s a detour. “

Jeff Robson, CEO of Rodeo canada He said many have missed the Canadian Finals rodeo very much.

“It’s the reason you ride all year long: to come to the CFR.

“You can’t even describe how much (it matters),” he said.

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“After the (2020 edition was canceled) some contestants stayed home. Some went south and circled in the United States. “

Robson added that now that things are back in action, he feels the momentum of the new city can continue. Previously, the competition was held in Edmonton.

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“We can make this a really strong attraction. We will get there. It was a small setback. Note that Edmonton took 44 years to perfect the CFR. We’ve only been around for a couple of years and I think we’re doing a really good job. “

Edgar Durazo in the CFL in 2021.

Courtesy: Covy Moore

Red Deer ‘economy will also benefit from the event being held in the city.

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Olesen estimates that the event will generate between $ 25 and $ 30 million for the Red Deer economy.

“It was very important that our team got back to work. It takes a team of thousands to put it on. He’s doing great things for (Red Deer) and businesses, ”he said.

“Red Deer is busy. That is why these events exist and we work so hard to bring them to life. “

Olesen estimated that a total of 25,000 people will have attended the CFR during the five-day stretch. In 2019, 35,000 people attended.

the CFR concludes on November 7.

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