“Oh it feels so good to be back together!” No matter what Beef and Barley event you may have taken in, that was the feeling around town over the Thanksgiving long weekend.
In the more than thirty years since our annual Beef and Barley festival began, the first long weekend of the fall has long been thought of as a ‘regional reunion’ of sorts as students came back from their first month of post secondary studies and families gathered from near and far.
And boy-oh-boy, has the joy of gathering as one great big community, been missed. And to top it off, Mother Nature co-operated beautifully.... “People wise, it was bigger than 2019,” Tyler Kilkenny, one of the long time event organizers said in an informal post festival chat. “The amount of people who showed up this year who I haven’t seen at Beef and Barley functions in the past, was really great to see.”
While the week long event was fantastic, one of the most popular was the Charity Buckin’ Rodeo - followed by the Saturday Night cabaret featuring locally famous In Too Deep on the stage. “When we chose our bull riders to ride for various charities, we focused on age and what age group of people they were going to bring in, what area they were from - so we had two riders from Angusville, two from Inglis and Binscarth and a lot from the RM.
“We really wanted to represent everyone,” Tyler said. Another focal point, the trio explained was to get a really good variety of ages coming out to the rodeo and then staying for a while to take in the cabaret. “And we definitely did that,” Tyler said. “I would say at least 80 percent of the people stayed for the first set of the band and by the time the cabaret ended, I think that more than fifty percent of the people who were still there had been at the rodeo too.”
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