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REPORTING · 14th March 2012
Walter McFarlane
Bull-O-Rama is once again on the horizon. This year the Bull riding spectacular will take place on June 9th, with events leading up to it from the 7th.

“Who thought Bull Riding in Tamitik would click on the coast,” said Vickey Kockesh at the City Council Meeting on March 5th. “This is our fourth year and I think it’s proven to be great entertainment for the city.

The bulls arrive on June 7th. The 8th is a sponsor gala where sponsors come out. The big event is on the 9th. A sanctioned BC Professional Bull Riding Event. The cowboys and bulls earn points for the BC Championships.

Kitimat’s reputation for quality and hospitality could also attract higher ranked cowboys this year. Riders come from BC, Alberta and the United States to participate. They estimate they will draw attendance from across the North who eat, shop and stay overnight in Kitimat.

The bulls will come from C+ Rodeos in William’s Lake. Of course, the money will be distributed to multiple groups in Kitimat. This year, they will be committing money to the Kitimat Hospital Foundation.

At the Kitimat Fairgrounds, they will be replacing the fence around the rodeo, putting in a water cistern so they can have water at events, upgrading the washroom, upgrading the show office and putting up a nice highway sign. They asked for a grant of $3000 for the rental of Tamitik Arena and sweeping the floor.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan thanked them for putting on the great event and stated she would have visitors from Albuquerque, New Mexico who do not believe Northern BC would have a bull riding event.

Councillor Corrine Scott stated she was happy to hear the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation would be the recipients of the money.

The sponsorship request came up later in the meeting. Councillor Rob Goffinet motioned to sponsor them $2,200 for discussion. He wanted to know how much they have given in the past. The reply from administration was $3000. Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to deviate from the policy and give them the $3000. It was carried.