This July long-weekend marks the 29th Annual British Columbia Rodeo Association (BCRA) Bella Coola Valley Rodeo, hosted by the Valley Ridge Riders (VRR). This year’s celebration kicks off with an open gymkhana, starting at 3:00 pm on Friday, June 27th. Activities continue Friday evening, with the traditional “family night” dance, where awards will be presented to the winners of the gymkhana.
The refreshment garden will be open all afternoon and evening, with the atmosphere intended to be informal and family friendly. We look forward to visiting with our friends and neighbours, and to celebrating our community’s volunteer spirit.
A highlight for many people, Friday and Saturday night’s dances will feature the live music of the Johnson Brothers, performing from 9:30 pm until you walk home to your campsite, or until our friends from the Bella Coola Bus Company deliver you to your doorstep in the wee hours of the morning.
Five-piece country rock band, the Johnson Brothers, originate from the Lower Mainland, and have solid roots in the country music scene. Born the grandsons of CCMA Hall of Fame member, Elmer Tippe, and nephews to CCMA and BCMA award winner Rick Tippe, the brothers (Brett and Trent), were destined to tackle the country music industry. Their passion for music and high energy stage shows have caught the attention of music lovers and has helped set the brothers apart from other acts in the province.
In 2011 the band released their first full length album, titled Burnin’ Diesel. In 2013 they co-wrote and released Summertown, and saw the single crack the Top 100 Canadian Country Chart. The band has received numerous BC Country Music Award Nominations over the years, including Album of the Year in 2011 for Burnin’ Diesel.
Growing up in a family full of musical talent, it was no shock when the brothers decided to put together a working band in 2002. Over the past 12 years, the band has taken the stage at many clubs, festival and fairs, and has shared the stage, opening for some of country music’s top artists, including Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford, and Aaron Pritchett.
Not only influenced by country music, the brothers have a bit of rock edge and have seen it become a big part of their live shows and in their songwriting. They like to perform and write music that they can relate to, that has a groove that the audience can both listen to and dance along with. The Valley Ridge Riders are pleased to present the Johnson Brothers for this year’s rodeo, and thank Rip Rap Campsite for hosting the band.
Saturday and Sunday’s action-packed rodeo performances get underway at 1:00 pm, following the Grand Entry and a heaping plate of Cowboy Breakfast, served from 7:00 – 10:00 am daily. The action will continue all weekend and into Monday afternoon so don’t miss it!
We look forward to seeing everyone at the rodeo grounds on Walker Island during this July long weekend, where outstanding community support is what ensures the continued success of this event. As always, we continue to welcome volunteers to help with an assortment of tasks, both before and during the rodeo. Anyone who would like to offer a helping hand or finalize your sponsorship donation, please contact Caroline (982-2525), Heather (982-2208) or Joy (957-7975). Thank you, Bella Coola Valley, for your support. See you at the Rodeo!