Parents' Night Out at the Tweed Stampede

Photos and Story submitted by Linsey De Ruysscher


It’s bulls and blood, it’s dust and mud, and they call the thing… RODEO!

Okay, I may be quoting a Garth Brooks song, but our ‘Parents’ Night Out’ at the Tweed Stampede wasn’t too far off from these famous lyrics. I had never been to a rodeo before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. But with the crowd, the excitement, the country music, the bulls and the horses… I now fully understand what Garth is singing about.

If you’re a parent of young children, you understand how much fun it is to have a date night or a ‘Parents’ Night Out’ every now and then. But instead of the same old ‘dinner and a movie’, we kicked up some dust at the Tweed Stampede at Trudeau Park…and it was A LOT of fun!


You have arrived at the Tweed Stampede


Now before I get into all the rodeo fun, let’s talk FOOD! We were pretty hungry when we arrived, so we headed straight to the food trucks! We had our choice of wings, tacos, burgers, fries, poutine – lots of great options. We grabbed some loaded nachos and chicken tacos from Pacos Tacos. They travel to events like these all over Ontario and their chicken tacos were delicious!


Pacos Tacos chicken tacos


Also on hand was Tweed’s own Duffer’s Chip Wagon! We stopped and chatted with Missy from Duffer’s about how they’ve been in business in Tweed for 40 years this year! I’m sure you’ve seen their trucks all over Hastings County and you’ve probably even stopped and enjoyed some of their delicious food. If you’re a poutine fan, Duffer’s does poutine right! I mean, look at this. It’s a beautiful thing!


Duffers Food Truck Poutine


Two Duffers Food Trucks


After we filled our bellies, we went and checked out the Motocross show. They were doing tricks with pretty funky names like; Superman, The Stripper, The Coffin and all kinds of other cool tricks. There was a huge crowd watching and cheering these guys on too! Check it out!

While we watched the Motocross show, we heard some excitement coming from the patio of Oakley’s Pub. It turns out, there was an arm-wrestling competition going on, and loads of people were crowded around watching. There was also a great little area full of local vendors, and a kid’s zone over near the stage. After the motocross show, we moseyed on over to get ready for the rodeo! We found ourselves a seat in the stands amongst the cowboy hats and settled in for some fun! Oh, and fun we had!


Horses in the rodeo

Horses running in the rodeo

Picture from the rodeo


The rodeo was full of music, cheering, and laughs! It also included mutton busting! Translation? Kids riding on the back of a sheep for as long as possible! Now, that was fun to watch! The entire rodeo was great and an entertaining atmosphere. There were riders of all ages taking part, including a barrel racer who was only 10 years old! Look at her go!

I took a few more videos of the rodeo because I feel it’s something you need to see and hear to really appreciate. It’s not just about the bulls and the horses, it’s about everything else that goes along with it. It’s a really cool experience.

In addition to the awesome rodeo, the vendors, the kid’s zone, and the food…there was also live entertainment every single night on the stage from some pretty great artists!


The Tweed Stampede stage


This year’s line-up included; The Washboard Union, Petric, Aaron Goodvin, The Abrams, Vanessa Marie Carter, Johnson Crook, Abby Stewart and Kris Barclay. You can bet next year’s line-up will be just as awesome!

As Tweed Stampede first-timers…it didn’t disappoint! If you’re a fan of the Tweed Stampede, you have Casey Trudeau to thank. He’s the mastermind behind this entire event. He got it up and running 9 years ago with the help of family and friends, and he spoke during the rodeo saying he hopes to continue this great event, he appreciates all the support from the community over the last 9 years, and he’s welcoming input to make next year – the 10th year – the best Tweed Stampede yet!

As you can see, our ‘Parent’s Night Out’ was a great success! While we enjoyed our night without our two boys, you can bet they’ll be joining us for our next adventure in Hastings County! Stay tuned to the blog and the Hastings County Facebook page to see where we’ll be wandered to next!  


Story and photographs by Linsey De Ruysscher

Linsey De Ruysscher bio pic

As one of our six Local Wanderers exploring Hastings County, Linsey enjoys making memories with her family hiking on new trails and discovering new hidden attractions along the way. If there is a river to be paddled, they'll be there!

Learn more about Linsey through her bio, as well as for a link to the other adventures she has shared with us. You can also read about our other five Local Wanderers and the excursions they've experienced across the County.



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