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Mighty Fraser Pro Rodeo brings together best rodeo clowns and Heartland star for Agrifair

Mighty Fraser Pro Rodeo brings in one of the world’s best rodeo clowns AND Graham Wardle, Star of CBC’s Heartland

JJ Harrison, this year’s rodeo clown, is one of the world’s best, and was recently the official clown of the Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

You will not want to miss the hilarious entertainment and promise of high-energy rodeo events, so be sure to find a seat in the grandstand early.

Originally a public school teacher at Walla Walla in Washington State, this clown with a Masters degree is a kid magnet and a popular performer at many top rodeos. Come out with your kids, enjoy lots of laughs and cheer on your favourite cowboys and cowgirls. Whether you're an old hat or trying out a new pair of cowboy boots, you're bound to have fun.

No rodeo would be complete without an enthusiastic, entertaining and professional rodeo announcer, and this year Agrifair is excited to bring on former professional cowboy, Al Parsons. With his extensive rodeo experience, knowledge of the sport and humour, Parsons will bring crowds to their feet.

This year’s Mighty Fraser Pro Rodeo promises to be entertaining and exciting as gutsy cowboys fight to stay atop a raging bull or bucking bronc for eight seconds in the bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding events, and as fearless cowgirls race their steeds in a cloverleaf pattern around barrels at top speed in the barrel racing competition. You will also see team roping, steer wrestling and calf roping.

“This is a dual sanctioned event,” says Don Curtis, Mighty Fraser Rodeo committee chair. This means patrons can expect to see top professional cowboys and cowgirls from all over Canada and the United States competing for fast times, big scores and good prize money.

“We’ve got the coolest show planned for Saturday,” said Curtis. An undisclosed, crowd wowing show is scheduled to take place during the rodeo and you’re not going to want to miss it!  The only hint given is it will have something to do with Services on Safety and the police, fire and military.

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the terrible flooding in High River, Alberta.  People at Phantom Screens wanted to do their bit in helping to raise money for the folks who are cleaning up after the floods and trying to get back to normal.

That’s why they have teamed up with Graham Wardle, star of CBC’s Heartland, to raise money for High River.

Graham has kindly agreed to appear at the Abbotsford Agrifair to help generate much needed funds for the community. All proceeds will be deposited to the High River Relief Fund (http://www.highriver.ca/index.php/en/publicforums/news-forum/news-flash/427-town-sets-up-emergency-relief-fund).

So, if you’d like to meet Wardle, have your picture taken with him or get his autograph, then make sure you’re at the Agrifair on Saturday Aug. 3. Wardle will be there to meet all his fans from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 4H barn, and then again from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the rodeo. And don’t forget to bring some cash to contribute to the cause.

You can find out details about the Agrifair www.agrifair.com and read about Phantom Screen’s commitment to community involvement http://wp.me/p2OIz9-2y.

Rodeo seating, thanks to the generosity of Phantom Screens, is included in the price of gate admission - $12/day adults, $10/day students or seniors or get your four-day weekend pass for only $15 per person and come every day.  10 and under are free. Parking is $5/day.

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