The annual August Bentley Fair and Rodeo, with this year’s chosen theme being “A Salute to the Sunset Hills Riding Club – celebrating 50 years,” includes a few new events.
Added this year is an art show and sale showing only central Alberta artisans works, called Blindman Valley BazzaArt. It will be open to the public on Friday Aug. 10 from 2 until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 until 5 p.m. in the historic Bentley Community Hall. There is no admission charge.
Also new is the free Impressions Country Living Fair at the Bentley High School gymnasium on the Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a variety of entertainment, displays, and information. The contact is Jody Gorr, the massage therapist from the Bentley Chiropractic office.
Another new event this year is the Kid’s Wild Pony Races for children 12 and under. It goes Saturday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. in the arena. And still another addition, is a Farm Implement Trade Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind the Bentley General Store with implements possibly from Lacombe and Ponoka dealers.
There are some events that have small changes. Bench show exhibitors are to note that the entry fee is now 50 cents per exhibit, up from the 25 cents it has been for so long.
The Thursday Senior’s Pie Social now runs until 3:30 p.m. not until 4 p.m.
The 15th annual Kroozin’ West Show & Shine closes off with presentations at 3 p.m. this year, a bit earlier.
The new time for the free Wildrose Mounted Cowboy Shootout show at the arena is Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
The Sunday Church service and potluck lunch has moved to the Bentley Community Church from the downtown park venue where is has been for a many years. This year’s special entertainment is the Boom Chucka Boys.
The parade and pancake breakfasts and rodeo go as usual.
The free face painting and the free children’s show goes 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in the curling rink.
Kids’ Wool Bustin’ goes at the arena at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
There is once again a Saturday night cabaret sponsored this year by the rodeo committee.
Again there is only one drive-in movie being shown on Saturday evening as it seems to get too late otherwise.
There is free laser tag for all ages. Fireworks Saturday night, the Farmer’s Market, horseshoe tournament, bench show exhibits and awards, and much more continue as Bentley comes alive everywhere for the annual fair and rodeo week.