Black Gold Rodeo cancelled for a second straight year

Organizers say there were too many obstacles in the way of the 2021 event.

Leduc residents will have to find another way to unofficially kick off the summer of 2021.  

Leduc Black Gold Days has been postponed for a second straight year, which is an enormous economic blow to the community.

"One time they figured out it was over $3 million," said Dave Rock, General Manager of Leduc Black Gold Pro Rodeo Association.

The decision to postpone the two-week event was made in consultation with the city of Leduc, the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, and Alberta Health Services.  

"We can't have two thousand people in the building.  We can't have our beer gardens because of the social distancing.  It just makes it that we couldn't afford to run," said Rock.

Leduc Black Gold Days has an attraction for just about everyone.  It includes a ranch rodeo, car show, talent competitions, trade fair, pancake breakfasts, a parade, a cabaret, and professional rodeo performances.

Organizers hope the pandemic will be in the past by May of 2022 so they can run the event again.  "We're going to try and do some bigger things.  Possibly fireworks and different things.  We're working with the city on that," added Rock.

 

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