Red Deer’s Westerner Park is preparing to host it’s fifth and final Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) next week (November 1st to 5th).
The Canadian Finals Rodeo moved to Red Deer in 2018 after spending 44 years in Edmonton at the Northlands Coliseum before it closed. CFR negotiated with the Oilers Entertainment Group about hosting CFR at Rogers Place but an agreement couldn’t be made.
Westerner Park was pitched as a venue in 2017 for a 10-year term. CFR signed a five-year contract with the option to renew the event at the end of the five-year term.
"Hosting the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Westerner Park has been a privilege and a source of immense pride for our organization. We are grateful for the memories created and the impact this event has had on our community. As we pass the torch to the next host city, we look forward to an exciting future for Westerner Park. We remain committed to being a dynamic destination for agriculture, entertainment, culture, and community engagement in Alberta,” said Shelly Flint, Chief Executive Officer, Westerner Park
However, the rodeo will be returning to Edmonton in 2024 at Rogers Place.
“The City of Red Deer is incredibly grateful for the five years the CFR made Red Deer home,” said City of Red Deer Mayor, Ken Johnston. “From the citizens, the businesses, and our whole community we are thankful for the benefits this event brought to us, and we are excited to have one last hurrah this year. City Council and I wish the City of Edmonton all the best in keeping this event to our great province.”
Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood remarked that “over the past five years, Red Deer County has been a proud sponsor of the CFR. The worldclass event has given visitors a chance to see what central Alberta has to offer and provided a big boost to local businesses. I am excited to welcome contestants and rodeo fans one last time, knowing that next year the legacy of Canadian rodeo and agriculture will remain in good hands”.
With the new 30-million-dollar expansion at Red Deer Regional Airport, Westerner Park is looking forward to other opportunities in the future.
“We eagerly anticipate the myriad of opportunities to host both new and returning clients, further solidifying our position as a premier destination for dynamic events. The next chapter promises growth, innovation, and even greater contributions to the vibrant tapestry of Central Alberta's cultural and economic landscape,” saidTyler Nightingale, President, Westerner Park Board of Directors.