Kemp Honey wins Best Overall Entry at parade

Another truly spectacular High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Parade wound its way through the streets north of Highway 2 Aug. 2. It was difficult to estimate the crowd as the parade started at the Peavine Inn & Suites in the east end and ended near Tomato Boy, but conservatively a few thousand watched several dozen entries drive by. Judges for prizes were Frank Pratt and Nona Elliott. Parade sponsor was Peavine Inn & Suites and organized by the High Prairie Fire Department.

High Prairie Elks
Pro Rodeo Parade Winners

[Sponsored by Peavine Inn & Suites]

Grand Champion – Best Parade Entry – Kemp Honey – $500
Second Best Overall Parade Entry – East Prairie – $250
Third Best Overall Parade Entry – High Prairie Red Wings – $100
Best Children’s Entry – High Prairie Dolphins – $50
Classic Cars – First – Roy Ransbottom – $200
Classic Cars – Second – Art Anderson – $100
Classic Cars – Third – Leslie Deucha -r $50
Best Cultural and Traditional Entry – Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council – $500

Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council won first place in Best Cultural and Traditional Entry at the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Parade Aug. 2 and it is not difficult to see why. Left-right are Lubicon Lake Band Chief Billy-Joe Laboucan, Woodland Cree First Nation Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom and Whitefish Lake First Nation Chief Albert Thunder. Sitting and wearing the white cowboy hat is Peerless Lake/Trout First Nation Chief Gladys Okemow. Not seen on the other side of the float is Treaty 8 Grand Chief Arthur Noskey.
Big Lakes County Kinuso Councillor Roberta Hunt, left, and communications coordinator Bronte Collett handed out frisbees.
Dolphins, everywhere, and why not? The High Prairie Dolphins were well-represented in their entry. Several club members rode or walked the route. Sitting near the back is coach Larkin Stokes.
High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Parade marshals Dr. Robin Laughlin and his wife, Vivien, ride first-class in a carriage.
Kemp Honey won Grand Champion – Best Overall Parade Entry in the parade for their “bee” train! Left-right are owner Roger Kemp, Zoe Kemp and her child, Lucas Kemp, Faith Bruneau in the bee suit, and Kevin Kemp.
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council’s executive director, Meghan Payne, rides along with her nieces Hadley Zahacy, left, and Averi Payne, centre. Notice the fish for the water preservation and cowboy hats for rodeo!
As spectacular as always, police lead the parade in red serge. Left-right are High Prairie RCMP members Cpl. S. Choo, Const. B. Meters, Const. A. Isaac, Const. T. Bullied and Lakeshore Regional Police member Const. L. Moore.
A-1 Western Wear Tack & Gifts has entered the parade for many years. Instead of riding a horse this year, A-1 decided to decorate a vehicle.
The High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Wranglers added a bit of western flavour to the parade. The immaculately-dressed Wranglers perform at the grand entry each year. Their precision riding is enjoyed and appreciated by all!
High Prairie Elks and Royal Purple Elks host the rodeo. Left-right are executive members Colleen Greer and John Van den Berg.

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