A rodeo barn dance coinciding with next year’s Billy Barker Days in Quesnel will be going ahead following the announcement of a newly formed partnership.
The Quesnel Rodeo Club (QRC) has teamed up with the Quesnel Kangaroos hockey team for the dance slated for Saturday, July 15, at the Alex Fraser Agriplex.
The last one was held in 2019.
“We used to have the Quesnel Oldtimers Hockey Club for the last 10 or 15 years that had partnered with us, but they had decided after COVID they didn’t have enough folks to do it anymore, so we went out and had some conversations over the last three, four months with the Kangaroos to see if they could come on board and become a partner with us,” said QRC president Ray Jasper.
The rodeo dance, according to Jasper, is a big undertaking each year, requiring many people and far more members than the QRC has to help run it.
“It takes about 40 people to do the barn dance, so there are about 40 positions that have to be filled, and we’ll be working throughout the winter to make sure that we have them filled and that people know their role once we get there,” Jasper said, adding a member of the Oldtimers Hockey Club has agreed to mentor their new partner.
“We should have a great event.”
Tickets are anticipated to go on sale at Circle S Western Wear in July, with the Kordaroy Band returning with live entertainment.
On Facebook, the Quesnel Kangaroos thanked the QRC for bringing them on board.
Revenue from the rodeo dance will be shared between the two groups.
“We as a club are honored and excited to be part of such a big community event,” the Kangaroos wrote.
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