Smoke n’ Spurs continues to grow

North Bay Nugget

Look up, look way up. Participants in the Freestyle MX Stunt Show show off their skills during the Smoke n’ Spurs Rodeo in Powassan. The annual event attracts thousands of cowboys and cowgirls. Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles, The Nugget Picasa / jpg, NB

POWASSAN – The Smoke n’ Spurs Rodeo has become a major tourist attraction for the Municipality of Powassan.

This year the four-day event that runs through the Labour Day weekend attracted more than 800 trailers, which surpasses last year’s record high of 600, and that doesn’t include day visitors or tenters.

Not only has the rodeo grown in popularity but organizers have also beefed up the schedule of events in the daytime and evening to keep the crowds entertained Friday through Sunday evening.

The festival is mostly known for the popular Rawhide IPRA Rodeo, however other events such as the Freestyle MX Stunt Show, show and shine, the ATV Mud Bog and the evening live concerts are also drawing huge numbers of spectators.

Organizers say the rodeo is attracting people from across Northern Ontario, however the word has spread across the south.

“This is the best way to end the summer,” said Don Haining who spent Friday afternoon setting up his trailer site with friends and family.

“There’s a lot of locals, but every year there’s more and more people from Southern Ontario especially around Huntsville and Bracebridge.”

Randy Brandt and his wife Jackie from Huntsville have attended the rodeo for the last four years.

“We get our tickets and trailer site as soon as we can,” he said.

“We have a great set-up here and it’s an awesome social event. There’s just so much to do and always something going on.”

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