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Metro Vancouver’s Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

Cloverdale Rodeo

The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is a world-famous rodeo with animals and rides in Surrey over the Victoria Day Long Weekend in May each year.


In this article you’ll find information about the following topics:

The Country Fair | Hours & Admission | Live Entertainment | The Rodeo | Cloverdale Parade | Parade Route | Pancake Breakfast | Other Information

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Cloverdale Rodeo 2019

In 2019 the fair celebrates its 131st year during the weekend of May 17-20 (which is also the May Long Weekend).

The Cloverdale Rodeo is a great family-friendly event, with cowboys competing for over $300,000 in prize money and thousands of spectators turning out to enjoy the show and midway attractions.

In a busy year as many as 100,000 people attend the fair, of which close to 20,000 watch the rodeo shows.


For tickets and more information see the Cloverdale Rodeos website.


Cloverdale Country Fair Information

Cloverdale Rodeo Clown CloseupThe Cloverdale Country Fair is a family-friendly event featuring a wide range of activities.

At the fair there are lumberjack shows, a BBQ Rib Fest, country music performances and a giant midway featuring dozens of rides. There is also an Agri Zone with all sorts of animals including miniature donkeys, llamas, alpacas, sheep, horses, pigs and more.

You don’t have to like rodeos to enjoy all the entertainment at the fair. It’s a huge event with lots to see and do.


FIREWORKS NIGHT

Fireworks night at the Cloverdale Rodeo is always on the first day of the fair, so on Friday May 17th in 2019. The pyrotechnics start at 9:30 pm.


Country Fair Hours & Admission

Admission to the fairgrounds usually costs about $10, but is free for children under age 13. Midway rides cost $45 or so for an all-day pass for all ages. Individual ride tickets are also available. Parking is about $10 per vehicle. (Note: 2019 details are to be confirmed.)

In addition to the fair, on the Saturday there is also a parade starting at 10 am. It’s free to attend.

2019 Rodeo & Fairground Hours

In 2019 the hours of operation for the Cloverdale Country Fair are listed below (with last entry one hour before closing each day).

  • Friday (May 17th): 4:00 to 11:00 pm
  • Saturday (May 18th): 10:00 to 11:00 pm
  • Sunday (May 19th): 10:00 to 11:00 pm
  • Monday (May 20th): 10:00 to 6:00 pm

For tickets and more information see the Cloverdale Rodeos website.


Admission Prices

General admission to the Cloverdale Country Fair last year cost $10 for everyone ages 13 and older. With general admission you get into the fairgrounds and can see the exhibits and some of the shows, but rides and the rodeo are extra. 2019 prices will be similar.

Admission to the actual rodeo shows costs around $25, although children ages 12 and under are usually free. A Gate and Rodeo Combo pass last year cost $32 online, which means you saved $3.

Last year Midway One-Day Ride Pass cost about $45 at the gate, or $35 if purchased online prior to the first day of the fair. 2019 details are to be confirmed, although wristbands on the Saturday will likely be $5 or so more than on the Friday, Sunday or Monday.

The rides are run by West Coast Amusements who usually sell individual tickets for $1.25 each, books of twenty for $23 and books of forty for $45. A typical ride takes between three and five tickets with little kid rides requiring less and serious adult rides more.

Cloverdale Rodeo Midway

Country Fair Live Entertainment

In addition to amusement rides, exhibits and the rodeo competitions, there is also lots of live entertainment at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.

Live Music at the Rodeo

Live concerts take place in the Longhorn Saloon on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Headliner performances last year were with the Ken McCoy Band, Ettinger & Big 50 and the Chris Buck Band. All three groups, as might be expected, played various forms of Country music. Ettinger is back for another season in 2019. The other two headliner bands in 2019 are Dave Hartney and Washboard Union.

Also at the Cloverdale Fair are concerts on the outdoor Lordco Stage. Bands in 2018 included Jackson Hollow, The New Shackletons, Me and Mae and Robert Rowan. Performing both last year and again in 2019 are Emily Taylor Adams, Appaloosa, Mascot Dance Party and Whiskey Jane. Also appearing this year are the Promise, The Rollin Trainwreck, The Charlatans and Brad Darrid.


For information about all the bands appearing in 2019 see the Rodeo Website Entertainment Page.


Music at the Longhorn Saloon

Below is the schedule for the Longhorn Saloon in 2019. As you’ll see, Dave Hartney and Ettinger both play all three evenings. Washboard Union, however, performs on just the Sunday night.

(Note: Performance times and details are subject to change.)

Friday, May 17th, 2019

  • 7:20 pmDave Hartney
  • 8:25 pmEttinger
  • 9:30 pm – Dave Hartney
  • 10:35 pmEttinger
  • 11:40 pm – Dave Hartney
  • 12:45 amEttinger

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

  • 7:20 pm – Ettinger
  • 8:25 pm – Dave Hartney
  • 9:30 pmEttinger
  • 10:35 pm – Dave Hartney
  • 11:40 pmEttinger
  • 12:45 am – Dave Hartney

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

  • 7:00 pm – Dave Hartney
  • 7:50 pmEttinger
  • 8:55 pm – Dave Hartney
  • 10:15 pmWashboard Union
  • 11:45 pmEttinger
  • 12:45 am – Dave Hartney

Cloverdale Rodeo Bronco Ride

Music on the Lordco Stage

Here’s what the entertainment schedule looks like for the Outdoor Lordco Stage in 2019:

Friday, May 17th, 2019

  • 5:30 pmMascot Dance Party
  • 6:15 pm – The Promise
  • 7:30 pmAppaloosa
  • 8:45 pmThe Promise
  • 9:45 pmAppaloosa

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

  • 12:00 pm – The Promise
  • 1:15 pmMascot Dance Party
  • 2:00 pm – The Rollin Trainwreck
  • 3:10 pm – The Promise
  • 4:20 pm – The Rollin Trainwreck
  • 5:30 pmMascot Dance Party
  • 6:15 pmWhiskey Jane
  • 7:30 pm – Emily Taylor Adams
  • 8:45 pmWhiskey Jane
  • 9:45 pm – Emily Taylor Adams

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

  • 12:00 pm – The Charlatans
  • 1:15 pmMascot Dance Party
  • 2:00 pmAppaloosa
  • 3:10 pm – The Charlatans
  • 4:20 pmAppaloosa
  • 5:30 pmMascot Dance Party
  • 6:15 pm – Emily Taylor Adams
  • 7:30 pm – Brad Darrid
  • 8:45 pm – Emily Taylor Adams
  • 9:45 pm – Brad Darrid

Monday, May 20th, 2019

  • 11:00 am – The Charlatans
  • 12:00 pm – The Rollin Trainwreck
  • 1:00 pmMascot Dance Party
  • 1:45 pmWhiskey Jane
  • 2:55 pm – Brad Darrid
  • 4:00 pm – The Rollin Trainwreck
  • 5:05 pmWhiskey Jane

For information about the various bands appearing in 2019 see the Rodeo Website Entertainment Page.


Richards Racers Pigs in Action
Richards Racers Pig Races

Other Entertainment

In addition to the live music, other entertainment at the fair includes skateboarding competitions, lumberjack shows and pig races, all of which are free to watch with general admission.

Pig Races

Richard’s Racers is a favourite event for young families at the Rodeo (as well as at other Lower Mainland events in the summer including the PNE and Abbotsford Agrifair). 2019 swine race times in Cloverdale are the following:

  • Friday, May 17th – at 4:30 and 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 18th – at 12:30, 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 19th – at 12:30, 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm
  • Monday, May 20th – at 12:30 and 3:30 pm

Freestyle Skateboarding

In 2019 the World Freestyle Skateboarding Round Up takes place in the fairgrounds at the Cloverdale Curling Rink and skateboarders compete for $10,000 in prizes at the following times:

Friday, May 17th

    • 4:00 to 5:30 pm – Amateur Freestyle Qualifiers
    • 5:30 to 7:00 pm – Professional Freestyle Qualifiers

Saturday, May 18th

    • 12:00 to 2:00 pm – Amateur Freestyle Semi Finals
    • 4:00 to 6:00 pm – Professional Freestyle Semi Finals

Sunday, May 19th

    • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Amateur Freestyle Finals
    • 3:00 to 5:00 pm – Professional Freestyle Finals
    • 5:30 to 6:00 pm – Awards Ceremony

Monday, May 20th

    • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – 360 Spin Off & Best Trick Competition
    • 2:00 to 3:00 pm – Legends Freestyle Classic Practice Session and Finals
    • 3:00 to 4:00 pm – Best Handstand Trick & Longest Coconut Wheelie Competition
    • 4:00 to 5:00 pm – Freestyle Demonstrations

Lumberjack Shows

West Coast Lumberjack Show performances are also fun to watch. In 2019 they take place at the fair at the following times:

  • Friday, May 17th – at 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 18th – at 11:00am, 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 19th – at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm
  • Monday, May 20th – at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Cloverdale Rodeo Details

The Cloverdale Rodeo takes place the entire May Long Weekend, with show times once per day and twice on the Saturday. Admission to the rodeo is about $25 per performance, and free for children ages 12 and under. (2019 details are to be confirmed.)

Rodeo performances take place in 2019 at the following times:

  • Friday, May 17th – at 7:30 pm (POOL A)
  • Saturday, May 18th – at 2:30 and 7:30 pm (POOL A and then B)
  • Sunday, May 19th – at 2:30 pm (POOL B)
  • Monday, May 20th – at 2:30 pm (Competition Finals)

Rodeo events most years include bareback riding, barrel racing, bronco riding, bull riding and mutton busting. There is also a clown act.

What is mutton busting? It involves children 3 years of age or older, but under around 45 pounds, where the little folk try their hardest to hang on and ride a sheep for as long as they can. Fortunately, during the mutton busting, the kids wear helmets and parents can’t volunteer their children at the last minute. If you are crazy enough to want your child to ride a sheep you have to apply in advance, and, for obvious reasons, sign a waiver.

TIP: The rodeo competition on the Monday is usually the most interesting, as it’s the finals. Tickets that day will likely sell out well in advance, however, so if you want to go book extra early!

Cloverdale Rodeo Mutton Busting
Mutton Busting at the Cloverdale Rodeo

Rodeo Admission Prices

At the Cloverdale Country Fair there is a cost to enter the fairgrounds, plus an extra charge to see the rodeo. It’s definitely worth paying for.

In 2018 it cost $25 to see one of the rodeo shows. Children ages 12 and under, however, were free. 2019 prices will be similar if not the same.

TIP: We recommend buying tickets in advance online. Not only will you save a couple of dollars, but you’ll skip the lineups at the entrance and avoid being disappointed when the rodeo sells out (which it often does).

Falling off Rodeo Bull

Cloverdale Rodeo Parade

The Cloverdale Rodeo Parade celebrates its 73rd year on Saturday May 18th. Starting time is 10:00 am. It’s a great parade with lots of horses, marching bands, antique vehicles and a cowboy theme.

From start to finish, the parade lasts for about 2 hours.

Cloverdale Parade Route

The parade typically begins in the Cloverdale Town Centre at the intersection of Highway 10 (a.k.a., 56th Avenue) and 177B Street before heading west along Highway 10 to 176th Street.

From there the procession usually goes north to 58A Avenue, then east to 176A Street, and then north to 60th Avenue. Just before it finishes the parade goes south along 177B Street before stopping at 58th Avenue.

TIP #1: Arrive early to get a good spot where you can see.

TIP #2: If you plan to go to the fair after the parade, consider watching from somewhere near the start. That way, when you see the end of the parade, you can race to the fair before the crowds.

For more information about the parade see the Cloverdale Rodeo Website.

Rodeo Pancake Breakfast

The Cloverdale Rodeo Pancake Breakfast usually takes place on the Sunday from 9:30 until 11:30 am. The venue for the breakfast is outside Shannon Hall on the rodeo fairgrounds.

Admission to the pancake breakfast is usually by a minimum $3 donation, which makes it a great deal, and proceeds go to a charity (typically the Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation).

As a bonus, pancake breakfast attendees who arrive between 9:30 and 9:59 am usually get free admission to the fair! To qualify you need to arrive before the fair’s official 10:00 am opening time, plus donate at least $3 for your pancakes. (Note: 2019 details are to be confirmed.)

Other Information

For more information about the fair, check out the Cloverdale Rodeo‘s official website.

For further details about the parade on the Saturday, click Cloverdale Rodeo Parade.

To learn more about the area, click Surrey.

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