The Rockyford Rodeo returns for the 60th year this weekend to the village some 70 kilometres southwest of Drumheller and Mayor Darcy Burke will be continuing a family tradition.
"My grandfather, Gilbert Burke, was very instrumental in the first rodeo in Rockyford 60 years ago and was actually the first arena director. My own dad, Jerome Burke, was a contestant in the first rodeo," outlined Mayor Burke.
"A few years after that, my dad became the arena director and my mom was the secretary of the rodeo. This has been a big part of our family for the 60 years."
Burke never participated himself, but he's been a regular volunteer for all kinds of things associated with the rodeo.
"My earliest reminiscence of the rodeo would be getting up early on Saturday morning to be downtown on Main Street Rockyford to grab all the candy that was being thrown off the floats. That's certainly the first thing that comes to mind," recalled Burke.
The Rockyford Rodeo is set to run for three days, starting today (July 28). A schedule of events can be found here.