Norwich Otterville Lions Norpac Rodeo Barbegue

2007 will mark the 5th year for the Norpac Norwich-Otterville Lions Rodeo. There will be a steak barbecue and dance Saturday night featuring Oxford County ‘cornfed’ beef steaks from Norwich Packers Inc. and sweet corn donated by Vankerrebroeck Farms. The barbecue has always been a sellout at 550 with more attending the dance.

The location is Gilbert and Anne Vankerrebroeck’s farm 3 km

south of Norwich Ontario.

In 2002, 260 head of cattle were set free as Gilbert’s barn burnt to the ground. Professional cowboys were hired to assist local volunteers with the round-up. Thus, an impromptu rodeo began.

Out of the fire tragedy grew a relationship involving the Vankerrebroeck family, Al Foster, one of the cowboys and owner of A Bar K Rodeo, the Norwich-Otterville Lions Club, and a very supportive community. Add to this an aggressive campaign to raise money for the construction of a new hospital in Woodstock and all of the ingredients to spark an on-going spectacular fund-raising event came together. The next year a 10-acre field on the Vankerrebroeck farm was donated as the site, which has become a Friday night family carnival and two days of thrilling rodeo competition which just gets better every year.

The Norwich area will have 550 to join the Canada-wide barbecue at the Vankerrebroeck Farm at 6:00 p.m. on August 4, 2007.


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