Vancouver, Washington- Lack of sponsorship and increased costs have caused the Luxton Pro-Rodeo to cease their activities.
After 39 years of annual events, the Langford event; scrutinized by animal activists for the past three years, has formally declared that the rodeo will not go on. However, the May weekend activities will continue as a benefit to maintain and fund the 14-acre site, owned by the 117-year-old Metchosin Farmers Institute.
Sandy West and Charlie Price, volunteer rodeo managers, stated in an interview that the rodeo will not continue for the sole reason that increased costs would lead into increased entry fees. The decision was not based on the constant attack of animal rights activists in the Vancouver area.
“We do not wish to put this burden on the public,” the statement said. (Times Colonist)
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