Thursday, 06 July 2017 04:21

New announcer booth a legacy project benefitting annual Murraydale Stampede

Written by  Peggy Revell
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One man’s enthusiasm for keeping western heritage alive will be celebrated this Sunday, July 9 at the Murraydale Stampede, as a newly-constructed announcer’s booth is dedicated to the memory of the late Garry Buchanan of Consul.


“Garry simply was a spectator, he came to Murraydale and he brought his family there year after year after year, like so many people do,” said Art Unsworth, president of the Murraydale Stampede and Picnic Society, about Buchanan’s enthusiasm for the annual stampede that runs like clockwork every second weekend of July.
The Stampede’s old announcer booth was in service since approximately 1967, said Unsworth. While it had quite a few miles on it, it was still going. That is, until this past winter.
“We obviously had some severe weather come through during the winter and it literally wiped it off the top of the poles,” said Unsworth.
Unsworth put the word out that a new booth was needed, and immediately Buchanan’s two daughters, Laura Buchanan-Erickson of Robsart, Sask., and Katherine Buchanan-Sabine of Medicine Hat, stepped forward to build and sponsor a new one in honour of their father who passed away a few years ago.
“This 2017 Father’s Day was an extremely special and fitting day as three generations of Buchanans and some wonderful friends went about rebuilding the Murraydale announcer booth,” said the sisters in a statement. “Equally important is to continue a legacy: Celebrating and honouring old cowboys, encouraging young cowboys and cowgirls to keep the western heritage alive.”
“That’s what was important to Dad: The gift given from his parents, and passed to each of us.”
A work party on July 3 installed the booth at the Stampede’s grounds, while on Sunday during the Stampede there will be a moment held to thank the Buchanan family for their contribution, and dedicate the booth officially in Garry’s memory.
The annual Murraydale Stampede and Picnic returns for its 109th season this weekend, celebrating western heritage and traditions.
This year, the stampede kicks off on July 8 at noon, with jackpot team roping.
The evening will feature dinner by Kookum’s Kitchen, and musical show by Terri-Anne Strongarm starting at 8 p.m.
On Sunday July 9, the stampede starts at 1 p.m., with bareback bronc riding, a junior calf scramble, barrel racing, bull riding, and more.
The Murraydale Stampede site is located approximately 21 miles southeast of Maple Creek on the Bryson Trail.
Admission for the weekend is $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 11 to 16, with children age 10 under free.
This includes admission to the Saturday concert, which will start at 8 p.m.
For more information about the Murraydale Stampede, including a schedule of events, visit http:// murraydalestampede.com.

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