SURREY (NEWS 1130) – While some Vancouverites are headed out of town for the long weekend, others are going to Surrey to catch the kickoff of the Cloverdale Rodeo.
If the rain holds off, it could be another busy year at the fairgrounds. Shannon Claypool with the Cloverdale Rodeo believes the event is continuing to grow in popularity, and part of that is thanks to its location.
“With all the new people moving into the Surrey-Langley area, I would think our crowds would exceed 100,000 people,” he says. “Basically, we brought back all of our last year champions to compete in the rodeo. It’s going to be just a good rodeo and a big country fair.”
And with the crowds comes the potential for trouble. Surrey RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald says his officers will be ready.
“A significant amount of police resources is dedicated to keeping the community safe during the rodeo,” he says. “We’ll also be part of the parade and we’ll have several members in red serge to meet and greet the community.”
If you want to check out the annual parade, it starts Saturday at 10 a.m. and the event wraps on Victoria Day. There are expected to be some road closures around the Cloverdale Town Centre until sometime Saturday afternoon.
Temporary road closures in effect tomorrow in the downtown Cloverdale area for the Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair Parade. 7 am – 1 pm. pic.twitter.com/2dpYM66bBY
— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) May 17, 2019