Stockade Roundup cattle show plans to continue with live event

Lloydminster’s annual Stockade Roundup could be the only livestock show held on the Prairies this year.

The event is going ahead, albeit with a slightly different appearance to accommodate pandemic-related health protocols.

Jenelle Saskiw, executive director of the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association, said there will be more cattle but fewer people at the Nov. 4-7 event. It will operate under trade show guidelines that limit crowd numbers to 150 people per pavilion at any time.

Saskiw said staff will be vigilant about the requirements but “we’re just happy to see that we’re finally having an event. We are the only cattle show in Western Canada so we’re quite excited about that.”

Livestock registration filled up within 24 hours of opening, she added, and there is a waiting list to participate.

The event includes purebred cattle shows, bull calf and heifer calf jackpot shows and various junior and breeder events culminating in a supreme show.

The 2020 event will be the 42nd annual roundup.

Social distancing requirements led to a new stalling format at the show, with each exhibitor allocated eight feet of tack space for a fee of $100 per exhibitor. Social distancing will also be expected in the wash rack, marshalling area and show ring, according to rules posted on the Stockade Roundup website.

To keep within the 150 person maximum, attendance will be monitored and there will be barriers and line controls to ensure social distancing.

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