Five things to check out at the Cloverdale Rodeo

Five things to check out at the Cloverdale Rodeo

CLOVERDALE — The Cloverdale Rodeo hits the fairgrounds this May long weekend, as it does every year. While, of course, there’s the rodeo itself, there’s no shortage of other fun to be had. Here are five things you’ll want to check out.

COWBOY COOK OFF

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The third annual Cloverdale Cowboy Cook Off takes place from May 16 to 19. The attraction is expected to draw thousands of spectators and $10,000 in guaranteed prize money. Surrey-based pitmaster Brian Misko of House of Q, above, is among those competing. Click here for the schedule.

Surrey-based pitmaster among those at Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair this weekend – See more at: http://www.thenownewspaper.com/entertainment/local-entertainment/foodie-quiz-house-of-q-s-brian-misko-dishes-on-secret-treats-more-1.1060994#sthash.ugJgtWH0.dpu

LONGHORN SALOON

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Each May Long Weekend, this magnificent facility is home to the Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair’s famous Longhorn Saloon. This year, performers include Dr. Strangelove and Peter Ettinger & Big 50. It opens at 4 p.m., and it’s a busy place, so get there early! Click here for details. Also catch performances on the outdoor stage by Stiletto, Ray Gibson, March Hare, Whiskey Jane, Runaway Lane, Chris Buck Band and The Pop Junkies.

RED VELVET MINI DONUTS

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If you love mini donuts, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll like this take on them! At the rodeo food court, you’ll find red velvet mini donuts on a stick, with complete with cream cheese glaze. Need we say more?

CLYDESDALES

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The Oklahoma-based, six-horse Express Clydesdales team will appear in each of the five rodeo performances and also in the rodeo parade, on Saturday morning (May 17). On Friday (May 16) starting at 4:30 p.m., the horses will pose for photos during the rodeo’s Chili Cookoff event, at Clover Square Village, at Highway 10 and 177B Street.

BC JUNIOR TALENT SEARCH FINALS

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Check out young singers shine in the finals of the BC Junior Talent Search at the rodeo. Semi-finals will be held May 15, followed by a showcase May 16 and finals on Monday, May 19 at the rodeo. Last year, Tyson Venegas, then age 7, of Port Moody, and Jenny Kalicharan, then 14, of Surrey, were crowned winners of the contest.

For more information on the 68th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and the 126th Country Fair, visit www.CloverdaleRodeo.com.