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18/ MAY 2011 THE RIDER 6th annual Cactus, Cattle and Cowboys Festival to be held July 16th By Kelly Bowers


Organizers in West Lorne are prepar- ing for their 6th annual Cactus, Cattle and Cowboys Festival to be held in Miller Park on July 16th. This is one event that defi- nitely puts the small town on the map. The day kicks off on Main St. with a delicious fireman’s breakfast and the local farmers market in downtown West Lorne. Visitors will be entertained by live music and Square Dancers and a performance by the West Elgin Dramatics Society. Last year, the troupe was well received with their skit, “The Hanging”, and surely will be a hit again this year. At 12:00, the High Noon Horse Parade will be off and trotting it’s way through town. Always enjoyable to watch, the horses, riders and drivers tend to dress to impress. Organizers invite all sad- dle clubs and folks with carts to join them


The winning band will perform on stage at the 3rd annual Boothill “Country” Jamboree, July 28-Aug 1st plus receive $400 cash. For more info, contact Andrea Ellison at 519- 785-1557 or email: andreae28@yahoo.ca. Visitors may also enjoy the Beer Garden, and shopping at the many booths in Vendors Alley. For more festival info, visit www.cactus- cattleandcowboys.ca.


in this fun four legged parade. And just so you know, there is no fee.


Following the parade,visitors will make their way over to Miller Park for a variety of breed displays like the Gypsy Vanners, Canadians, Paints, Clydesdales, Standardbreds and Thoroughbred horses seen last year. Spectators will be treated to demonstrations and will learn from various experts on interesting topics. Riders will hit the trails for their own kind of fun and many are expected to stay for the Cowboy Overnight camp out.


Kids are gonna love the agility show for dogs and the chance to participate in a variety of activities including wagon rides. Meanwhile, for the first time ever, the festi- val will be hosting a Battle Of The Bands throughout the day. With the competition being sponsored by BX 93 FM Radio and Boot Hill “Country” Jamboree, the music will be country and light rock. This very exciting addition to the schedule is hoped to attract even more people to the park.


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