There were so many highlights of the 100th Wolf Point Stampede celebration. Between great rodeo action, an amazing parade and plenty of activities for children, it was certainly a special time in our community.
Personally, one of my memories is how area residents came together to provide such a memorable time.
The Wild Horse Stampede Committee always does a fabulous job of organizing the rodeo. This year, of course, was no exemption as fans were treated to three nights of top-notch competitions. It’s noteworthy that a caring anonymous individual gave a $20,000 donation in honor of the late Jim Reinhart. The money was put in the rough stock purse.
Speaking of donations, it was also outstanding that another anonymous donation was announced at the rodeo on Saturday night that provided $10,000 to both the oldest and youngest competitors in the wild horse race. What a great gesture by someone who undoubtedly loves the Stampede!
The parades on both Friday and Saturday were both excellent samples of how the community supported the Stampede. We saw participants on horses, antique cars and tractors. We viewed daycare students as well as adults who have been in a few parades during their lifetimes. We saw many members of past Wolf Point classes along with current students. From downtown to the farms, the parades had it all.
The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Golf tournament featured its most teams ever, and I’ve heard that it set a record for money raised. The golf tournament along with the “chair-ity” auction were great indications of how people support each other in this area.
It was a great decision by the Wolf Point Community Organization to fund free, family-based activities throughout the weekend. The horsemanship clinic and petting zoo each attracted great attendance. The powwow and free concert on Saturday night were each quality events. I’m hopeful that WPCO continues that commitment for years to come.
New additions such as the ranch rodeo, the pitchfork fondue, bouncy houses and family fun at the swimming pool were well received and made the weekend even more spectacular for everyone.
All the volunteers for event should be very proud of providing us with such an entertaining time. Although the celebration is over, I feel like the community spirit of working together won’t soon disappear in order to make Wolf Point a great place to live.