The annual Black Gold Rodeo is less than a week away and what better way to kick it off than with local music, great food, drinks and entertainment at the Waldorf Hotel in Leduc on Thursday, May 31 from 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Event goers will also have the opportunity to win prizes and the 50/50 jackpot, which will be announced at 11 p.m. that evening.

The kick-off party will also see a king and queen of the rodeo crowned during the evening festivities, but they’ll have to complete some tasks before they receive their separate crowns.

“There are games they’re both going to have several different games throughout the night to be crowned king and queen,” explained Brenda Jean-Louis, manager of the Waldorf Hotel.

For the guys vying to be king of the rodeo, whoever looks the most ravishing in their evening wear or is able to strut their stuff the best in the swimsuit competition will be well on their way to being crowned king.

Ladies will have to “take the plunge” and be the quickest they can be in “minute to win it” for two of the games during the evening. There will be a few other friendly competitions men and women will have to do in order to qualify for crown.

The kick-off party at the Waldorf is an annual event in preparation for the Black Gold Rodeo, which runs at the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC) from May 31 to June 3.

“It’s always huge,” commented Jean-Louis.

Each year the Waldorf picks a charity of choice where the proceeds from the kick-off party will go.

This year, the proceeds for the 2012 event will be donated to the Thaddeus Lake Music Foundation.

“Everything we raise during the four days, minus or expenses, will go to the charity,” said Jean-Louis.

The Thaddeus Lake Music Foundation for Disadvantaged Children aims to remove economic barriers for youths 22-years-old and younger from the Leduc area from participating in music. The funding from the foundation goes towards local youth who cannot afford to attend lessons, buy instruments, attend nationally accredited competitions or explore other musical avenues they couldn’t otherwise afford. Thaddeus’ parents —Tony and Karen— will also be present at the event for the evening.

For more information on the foundation visit its Facebook page at

The event at the hotel starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs until the bar closes. There will also be a resident DJ providing the music all night long.

There is no official cost to get into the event, but to be part of the festivities one must either purchase a $10 hat or a $5 bandana to get into the Waldorf.

Source: The Leduc Rep


Last updated on: 2012-06-28 | Link to this post