Rodeo, parade and midway, May 30–June 1
Stony’s biggest annual event, the Farmer’s Days Rodeo and Ex is coming up from May 30 to June 1 this year. Eat pancakes, shop the market, watch the parade, ride the midway and cheer on the barrel racers – then kick back in the saloon. Sound like a plan? Here’s everything you’ll need to know.
Image of the museum’s 2013 parade float from the Stony Plain & Parkland Pioneer Museum on Facebook.
Pancakes and parade
Meet the mayor at his Saturday morning pancake breakfast at Heritage Park – starts at 7 am and costs $2 for hotcakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Now that you’re all well-fed, browse the shops and hunt for 30 murals in historic downtown Stony or head over to the Pioneer Museum until it’s time to find a seat for the parade at 11 am.
At the Pioneer Museum
The pioneer teahouse, kids’ korral and markets all happen at the Pioneer Museum on Saturday and Sunday. Play around in the petting zoo, bouncy castle and get your cute little faces painted. Browse more than 50 vendors inside and outside at the General Store market. Then refresh yourselves with tea and fresh baked-from-scratch pie.
Rodeo all weekend at Heritage Park
The midway, rodeo and saloon are next door at Heritage Park. The rodeo starts Fri night at 7 pm and runs Sat and Sun afternoons at 2 pm. See bareback, saddle bronc and bull riders, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and junior events. And the saloon opens at 5 pm on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Come to Heritage Park on Sunday at 10 for a non-denominational community church service. And dance your pants off to live bands – The Dungarees, Savage Playground, Red Cannons and Freeburn – at the Blueberry Centennial stage on Friday and Saturday nights.
Farmer’s Days admission
Main gate admission to Farmer’s Days is free and the rodeo is $15 for adults and free for kids under five. Midway ride tickets are $1 each or 40 for $35. All the money raised supports community Christmas hampers and youth programs and helps to run Kinsmen facilities around town.