Why do Stampede volunteers turn out every year? We’ll let some of our volunteers explain: “We’ve made some of our best friends over the years of volunteering for the Stampede Association.” “We’re here to have fun.” It’s been that way since the show started back in 1926.
The Stampede is a year-round project, and volunteers have worked on every aspect, from directors to gate-keepers. In the weeks leading up to the Stampede there are ‘work bees’ on the grounds, where volunteers paint, sweep, clean, trim weeds, mow grass and move fences and corrals. Then, during the weekend of the rodeo, a couple hundred volunteers are needed throughout the site.
“There’s a good bunch of people who work here.” In fact, many of the volunteers have worked at their jobs 30 years or more, and 20-year veterans are common. Without these dedicated volunteers we wouldn’t have the successful rodeo we enjoy every year. The Williams Lake Stampede is truly the product of community spirit! Come join us.