Tuesday, 28 June 2011 15:07

Pincher Creek Gathering marks another successful year

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By Susan Quinlan
Pincher Creek
The dust has now settled from this year’s Gathering, with the cowboy poets and musicians having hitched their wagons and headed home, for now.

“This year’s Gathering was one of the best. The entertainment is getting better all the time and the atmosphere is a constant,” said Eileen McGlynn, organizing chairperson of the event held June 16-19.

Those that come back every year call it a family reunion, added McGlynn, because it has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

“There were 35 performers on two stages and others not on the schedule. They were just around all weekend and it was really nice for them to come. We get as many as we possibly can, to take up the slack. It’s wonderful (to have extra entertainment), because we know they’ll be needed.”

As to number of visitors, McGlynn estimated about 1,000 passed through the gate.

“I’m sure attendance was up quite a bit.”

One change made this year was to the Rancher’s Rodeo, which has now moved to mid-July instead of being held during the Gathering. To take its place, McGlynn said a Western Family Fun event was organized and held Sunday afternoon, and it turned out to be a huge success.

“Each team consisted of four participants, two of which had to be family members, and two of those, 15 and under. There was even a little gal there three years old on a horse.”

Western Family Fun had “no rough events,” added McGlynn, but rather team doctoring, a judged event where the team gave an animal a mock injection; team sorting; a horse catch for 15 and under, where the children had to catch then saddle a horse with an adult’s help, then ride it around a barrel; a hide event, where the team tethered a well seasoned hide to a horse then rode the hide around a barrel and back; and goat tethering, a timed event.

“We had five events and five ranch families in the area each donated $100, so there was a prize for each.”

Although rain had threatened, McGlynn said the good weather certainly played a role in the weekend’s success. She was grateful the rain stayed away.

 As to plans for next year, McGlynn said it’ll be a big celebration as

the Gathering marks its 25th anniversary. The date is set for June 14-17, 2012.

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