EDITORIAL: Rodeo’s future in public hands

Annual spring fair has been an integral part of Luxton Pro Rodeo weekend

(NOTE: the story this editorial was based on changed after the Gazette’s deadline. You can read the updated version here:


Unconfirmed word last week of the cancellation of the Luxton Pro Rodeo, an integral partner to the spring fair hosted for decades at the Luxton Fairgrounds, came as a surprise to us.

While the rodeo has been targeted in recent years by local animal cruelty groups looking to see certain events removed – calf roping primarily – if not the whole three-day competition cancelled, it has still drawn good crowds of spectators from around the Capital Region and Vancouver Island.

As of press time, the Gazette had still not heard from Luxton rodeo organizers about the cancellation and, if it is true, the reasons for it.

Volunteer-run organizations of all kinds struggle to keep their operations moving forward and providing the same level of community recreation opportunities, while facing challenges that come along.

In the case of the Luxton rodeo, growing public concern over the treatment of animals used during the events has made more headlines of late than the good work done by the multitude of volunteers who make this community event run smoothly, and keep it enjoyable to attend for thousands of visitors.

That is unfortunate, but it also cannot be ignored.

There will always be people on both sides of the issue of the treatment of rodeo stock animals, especially in urban areas such as Greater Victoria. Local committee members for the Luxton Pro Rodeo and fair have been aware of that reality for many years and have dealt with it as best they could.

More recent protest activities, such as calling out business sponsors of the rodeo, imploring Langford council to make change and standing with anti-animal cruelty placards at the gates of the fair, have put increased pressure on local volunteer organizers.

Our hope is that if the rodeo does not go ahead for 2015, that the spring fair and midway continues to be a major part of the region’s Victoria Day weekend lineup of activities, as it has been for so many years.

Just Posted

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

UVic’s cutting-edge centre leading the way in drones and AI

Centre For Aerospace Research works with partners including Department of National Defence

Langford barber shop donates cuts for veterans’ cause

Hair cuts raise funds for Wounded Warrior Run, which travels from Port Hardy to Victoria

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read