Lethbridge Whoop Up Days
- Category: Lethbridge
In 1897 the first fair (later named Whoop Up days) was held at the agricultural grounds in Queen Victoria Park (renamed Gyro Park in 1955). It included stage presentations, travelling shows and horse racing. In 1904, eight years before the Calgary Stampede, the first large scale rodeo was staged as part of Whoop Up Days. In 1912 the events were moved to their current location and have grown ever since.
Today’s Whoop Up Days events feature a kick off parade through the heart of downtown Lethbridge on August 21, this parade has become renowned for its variety of participants and is a great showcase of the culture and community of Southern Alberta.
Visitors can enter the grounds at Exhibition Park, located just East of Henderson Lake, to take in the live entertainment daily on the Gas King Stage, a trade show in the Pavilions, the Westcoast Midway and much more. For the rodeo enthusiasts the CPRA rodeo runs Thursday and Friday nights at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm, it features a full lineup of rodeo events including bronc riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing.