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TP Stampede

The TP Creek Stampede wouldn’t be possible without the TP Creek Stampede Association Board of Directors and all of the incredible volunteers who come together year after year to organize this event. Our community is grateful to the TP Stampede Association Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication to preserving Western heritage in Teepee Creek.

HISTORY - It all began in 1917...

Learn about the history of Teepee Creek by reading “Teepee Creek Terror”, a local history book written and published by Jean Rycroft in the 1970s. This book captures the history of the Teepee Creek Stampede through stories, pictures, and memorabilia.

The community of Teepee Creek is grateful to the late Jean Rycroft for her dedication to preserving local history. 

To purchase a copy of “Teepee Creek Terror”, or for any other history-related inquiries and information, contact Colleen Binks at 780-831-7751.

The Teepee Creek Stampede Association is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to preserving our local history and Western heritage. The Teepee Creek Stampede Association is comprised of many third and fourth-generation board members and volunteers. Our association works diligently so that the tradition of the Teepee Creek Stampede stays alive. Without the hard work of the volunteers who work tirelessly today and all those who came before us, the Teepee Creek Stampede would not be what it is today.

Fun Fact: Past Teepee Creek Stampede Association President, Dustin Hollingworth was a fourth-generation volunteer. The Hollingworth family has made significant contributions to the Stampede through the generations, with Dustin’s father, Donald Hollingworth, his grandfather, Norm Hollingworth, and his Great-Grandfather, Rusty Hollingworth, all playing key roles in this historical event. Dustin got his own children involved in the event as the fifth generation of Hollingworths.

Rusty Hollingworth purchased this coach wagon in 1946. It was originally from the Yukon, where it was used for hauling freight and passengers throughout the 1800s. 

It was a staple in the Grand Entry at the Teepee Creek Stampede for years, and we are so thankful to the Hollingworth family for donating it and so proud to have it on display at the Teepee Creek Rodeo Grounds.

The first Teepee Creek Stampede was held in 1917 and has continued to evolve into the event we present today.

The Stampede originally started as an annual sports day and community picnic where Teepee Creek residents gathered for ball games, horse races, bronc riding, water sports and even boxing matches! The first Teepee Creek Stampede included a horse race across a full 1/4 section – it cost $0.50 to enter and the winner took home $5.00.

For many years, The Teepee Creek Stampede was the largest amateur rodeo north of Edmonton and one of the largest in Canada.

Roughstock events became an integral part of the Stampede in the 1930s. Permanent bucking corrals and chutes were built at the Teepee Creek Rodeo Grounds in 1946, this was possibly the first formal setup. Today, we have a full set of ten permanent bucking chutes at The Teepee Creek Stampede grounds. To our knowledge, we are one of only a few rodeo grounds that feature ten permanent bucking chutes.

Fun Fact: As a part of the Stampede, Teepee Creek once had its own musical ride. In the mid-1940s, a group of riders was assembled and a musical ride was orchestrated. In addition to putting on this show for the Stampede, this group travelled miles and miles to perform their show at other venues across the north.

The hay day of the Teepee Creek Stampede was in the early 1970s when the Stampede was one of the foremost events north of Edmonton and attracted people from near and far.

Through the 80s and 90s, the Stampede became less popular with both contestants and spectators and the show and the size of the crowd began to suffer, but Stampede continued thanks to the hard work of many volunteers.

In 2007, the board of the Teepee Creek Stampede Association decided to become a CPRA Pro Rodeo event. Today, we bring some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world to compete – all while maintaining much of our history and key local events such as the Wild Cow Milking, Wild Horse Race, and The Rawhide Race.

The first chuckwagon races ran in 1946. Today we welcome the All Pro Canadian Chuckwagon Association Taste the Dust Pro Tour chuckwagon and chariot races. Every year our wagon performance gets a little larger and last year we had over 50 chuckwagon teams participate in the Stampede.

Pari-mutuel horse racing also has a long history in Teepee Creek – the “Flat Races” at Teepee Creek are well remembered by many. While we do not host any flat races in Teepee Creek today, they are a very important part of our history.

One of the signature events of the Teepee Creek Stampede is the TEEPEE CREEK TERROR. This is a bonus Saddle Bronc event that began in 1954. The “Terror” was always the rankest horse in the pen, and the rider was required to stay mounted for a full 10 seconds for it to be a qualified ride (a standard ride is 8 seconds). The “lucky” rider for the Teepee Creek Terror is drawn at random from all registered riders for that day and is awarded $250 for getting on and an additional $500 if they can complete the ride. There have been many riders jump on the back of the Terror over the years and many of them went on to ride in the Pro circuit. Today, we invite our Pro competitors to try their hand at the Teepee Creek Terror!

The Teepee Creek Stampede Dances have been an integral part of the Stampede since day 1. Barn loft dances in Mackenzie’s Barn are reminisced about by many and we carry on that tradition today with our nightly dances in the Enframe Barn.

Everything about the Teepee Creek Stampede has been growing exponentially over the years, and we are excited to bring 4 Days in the Wild to our community for many years to come.

Fun Fact: In 1974, 15,000 fans attended the Stampede to see Wilf Carter.

The Brand

In the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, the TCSA kept a herd of bucking horses, raised just for bucking at the Teepee Creek Stampede. These horses wore the Bar TP Brand, and this was the beginning of using a bar over TP as our logo for the Stampede. We use the Bar TP brand as the logo for the Stampede in our advertising, on our buckles, throughout the Stampede grounds, and on the official Teepee Creek Stampede Swag.

Past Performers

Year Artists
2023
Trevor Panczak, Tacoma, High Valley, Corb Lund
2022
​​Emerson Drive, The Reklaws, Aaron Pritchett
2021
​​Doc Walker, Trevor Panczak
2019
​​Lonestar, Brett Kissel, Dan Davidson
2018
​The Road Hammers, Trevor Panczak, Dean Brody, Deric Ruttan
2017
​Charlie Major, Terri Clark, Gord Bamford
2016
​David Lee Murphy, Tim Hicks, Montgomery Gentry
2015
​Clay Walker, Corb Lund
2014
​Chad Brownlee, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
2013
Mark Chesnutt, David Lee Murphy
​2012
​Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Jake Goodvin
2011
​​Kristy Howes, Jason Blaine
2010
​Last Man Standing, Horse Thief, Shady Junction
2009
​​Asley Rae, Stan Hitchcock, Horse Thief, Shady Junction
And of course Travis Fowler so many years!