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Cowboys and Cowgirls Ride Off into the Dust

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The dust is settling and the excited squeals have quieted at the Swan River Valley Agricultural Society (SRVAS) grounds as the NorthWest Round-up and Exhibition has wrapped up for another year.
Hitting record breaking attendance numbers, it was a great weekend where community members and visitors came together to enjoy the grand stands, Talent Stage, food booths, midway, exhibits, parade and all other events.
“On Saturday, we had 5,244 people which was a huge day,” said SRVAS President Brent Williamson, adding that it was a five year high. “In total we had 11,767 people from Friday through Sunday.”
Positive feedback was received from all areas involved in the weekend’s events from Homecrafts to the people walking around the grounds.
“The people that came through were positive and upbeat,” said Williamson. “Everyone had a great weekend. They were not ready to call it quits.”
The weather was beautiful throughout the duration, helping attendance numbers to hit the level that they did and rides to continue running the whole time.
“The entertainment all weekend was really good,” said Williamson.
“Kendra Kay did a beautiful job (Saturday) and the Friday night dance was good.”
It took effort from so many volunteers to complete a successful weekend and the SRVAS appreciates all the work that was put in.
The Talent Stage completed its 30th year as Rebecca Giffin from Saskatoon was crowned the winner.
“We had 30 contestants in the preliminaries on Saturday (July 28),” said coordinator Lynda Parsons. “Six were chosen as semi-finalists and each received $500. The grand prize winner received an additional $2,500.”
The talent wooed crowds continously through the two day event.
“The talent attending this year was some of the strongest we have ever seen,” said Parsons.
The Talent Stage was also able to honour Inge Orf and Mel Edmunds for their contributions at the grand finale on Sunday.
With chuckwagon entries also recording some of the biggest numbers in recent history, it’s safe to say the NorthWest Round-up and Exhibition was a hit in our community and next year’s return is already being anticipated.


NorthWest Round-up and Exhibition 2018

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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