Weekend Wild Times in Wanham
Jun 12, 2013
It’s the event of the year for the small community of Wanham; for forty three years running, the Wanham Plow Match brings spectators from across Alberta to see the events and entertainment over the course of the weekend.
Founded in 1971, the plow match was a spring idea to gain momentum for a seemingly faded community. The inaugural event was opened by Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta, Grant MacEwan, who said this about the local plow match:
“I can't help but reflect upon one of my earlier trips to Wanham. It was a number of years ago. I do know at that time, when you mentioned Wanham, you were thinking of a depressed area. What I've seen today, the jaunt through the countryside and what you have done by way of community spirit and community effort is a transformation and a revelation that is just wonderful. I confess I don't know the whole story about COCO, but it is something that is homegrown and intensely original. My admiration reaches its peak when I see people do things such as you have done. You have something here that must
fill you with pride"
Those words that Lieutenant – Governor MacEwan spoke have stayed with and resonated in the hearts of Wanham residents for decades. Over four decades later, the plow match continues to draw crowds.
The event, which kicks off on Friday, June 14, will see about 30 riders from Professional Bull Riding (PBR) Canada competing for a heavy sponsor purse. The match gates open at 6:30 pm with the competition starting an hour later, Friday is the fan-favorite and saw over 1,500 spectators for last year's extravaganza.
Although the PBR, the horse pulling and plowing, and the tractor pulling and plowing may be the big draws, but there will also be live music and beer gardens throughout the weekend. This event is one that literally has something for everyone.
Whether this is your 43rd time going to the Wanham Plow Match or the first time, there is always a good time to be had in the little community with the big heart.