River City Round Up Kick-Off Celebration


River City Round Up is kicking off on November 5th at Churchill Square. River City Round Up is an Edmonton-wide festival that celebrates Edmonton’s agriculture and western heritage as Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo start to take over the city!

This year the Kick-Off will be taking place in Churchill Square and has a great line-up of events! There will be a Round Up Caravan at 12:15pm that will be circling the square and consists of over 30 covered wagons, 20 outriders, Miss Rodeo Canada 2011 and the 2012 contestants, the Edmonton Sheriff’s Posse, the RCMP Riders and more. After the Caravan, there will be a formal presentation by Mayor Stephen Mandel, and then activities on the square all day. Hayrides, Pony Rides, films, music, and more!

If you bring a food bank donation, you get a free old time photograph session. Woody from Toy Story, Rambling Roy the Singing Cowboy Horse, and Clarence the Clown will be wandering around. 

At the Main Stage you will find:

11:45-12:15 – Sarah Menzak & Tayler Straughn
12:40-1:00 – Karen Claypool
1:00-1:30 – Jessica McLean
1:30-2:00 – Avery Knight
2:00-2:30 – The Wiebes
2:30-3:00 – Cowboy Poetry/Comedian
3:00-3:30 – Celine Dine
3:30-4:00 – Jack Forestier
4:00 – 4:30 – Olivia Wik
4:30-5:00 – Metis Dancers
5:15-5:45 – Brett Kissel
5:45 – Olivia Wik & Celine Dine
6:00-6:45 – Michael Rault

At the Show Arena (water fountain area in front of City Hall):

12 & 2:30 – River Cree Singers and Dance Troupe  
1, 2, & 3 – Square Dancing Exhibition
1:30, 3 & 4 – Working Dogs Exhibition 

There will also be a Children’s Story Telling, Crafts & Games Tents from 11:30-5:30.

The Warm Up Tent will be showing movies all day including Wild Horse, Wild Ride (which I blogged about previously in case you missed it). It is open from 11:30-6:30pm.

At 1:30 there will be an autograph session with Miss Rodeo Canada 2011 and the 2012 contestants!

And of course, we can’t forget about the City Market Downtown, which is a farmers market at City Hall from 10am-5pm.

To finish the evening off, there will be fireworks at 6:45!

It sounds like an action packed event, and I hope to see a lot of you there… I will be there all day, and be wearing a Canadian Cowboy Country magazine logo, so if you see me, please come over and say hello!


For more events going on during the week, visit the River City Round Up Website!