An exciting event unique to Cochrane and its western heritage is coming up on January 21.
The Stockmen's Memorial Foundation is presenting Bunkhouse Bonanza highlighting and celebrating our western culture.
Executive Director of Stockmen’s, Scott Grattidge explains how the event came about. “We received a grant through commemorate Canada reopening funds to have an event where we could celebrate our culture and community.” Of course, for Cochrane, that means everything western, Grattidge points out, “For those people that have lived in Cochrane long enough to remember when the ranch house used to be called the Western Heritage Center, we are turning the Ranchehouse back into that for a couple of days.” Along with the grant, support from the Bow RiversEdge Campground and the Town of Cochrane is making it possible to present Bunkhouse Bonanza free of charge.
On Friday, January 20, the multitude of cultural exhibits will be open to junior high students to allow for a teaching experience about local history.
On Saturday, January 21, the entire community can experience the exhibits, displays, and performances from local community groups and individuals. There will be authors, blacksmiths, saddle making, rawhide, musical performances, cowboy poetry, Indigenous activities, and a whole bunch more.
Topping off the day on Saturday will be a highly anticipated concert featuring hometown country music Hall of Famer, George Fox!
There is no better way to close out Bunkhouse Bonanza than with a country star who grew up on a local ranch and started his long and prestigious career performing at local venues like Dartique Hall, Weedon Hall, and Mitford School.
The George Fox concert will feature the opening act Over the Moon and will be held at the Lions Event Centre.
The entire event including the concert is free and not surprisingly there are only a limited number of tickets left.
To avoid disappointment do not delay in calling the Stockmen's Memorial Foundation at 403-932-3782 or email stockmens.ca.