Jake Jasper takes a tumble during the saddle bronc event at the Quesnel Rodeo Club’s event on July 17. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Jake Jasper takes a tumble during the saddle bronc event at the Quesnel Rodeo Club’s event on July 17. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

COLUMN: Back in the saddle again

Quesnel Cariboo Observer Editor Cassidy Dankochik celebrates his own return to normalcy

Now that’s more like it.

The grandstands at the Gus Cameron Rodeo Arena were packed to the brim on Saturday and Sunday as the Quesnel Rodeo Club unofficially began the post-pandemic era for me.

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Not only was the rodeo the first large-scale event I have covered since the final game of the Flin Flon Bombers first round series in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, it was also the first event I covered since being fully vaccinated.

While it was a struggle to get through the entire day in the sun on July 17 while dealing with the effects of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, it was completely worth it.

And just when we’re coming out of a COVID-19 haze, a new cloud of smoke has literally come down on the province.

If it’s not a global pandemic, its wildfire season kicking off way too early. The Quesnel area has so far avoided the worst of it, but we’re still dealing with the consequences, as overflow evacuees come to Quesnel.

I know plans are in the works to celebrate the achievements and projects completed over the past 18 months.

If you know of someone’s or an organization’s actions that went under-appreciated in that time, I’d love to hear from you, editor@quesnelobserver.com.

Cassidy Dankochik is the Editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer


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