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frequently asked questions

general inquiries

what IS THE NOVA SCOTIA STAMPEDE?

The Nova Scotia Stampede is 4 nights of concerts, and 3 evenings of rodeo:

Thursday | 5pm gate - 7pm show ( concert only )

Friday | 5pm gate - 7pm show ( rodeo ) concert to start after rodeo

Saturday | 4pm gate - 6 pm show ( rodeo ) concert to start after rodeo

Sunday | 4pm gate - 6pm show ( rodeo ) concert to start after rodeo

* rodeo start times are approximate

 

WHEN IS THE NOVA SCOTIA STAMPEDE?

Thursday September 26th to Sunday September 29th, 2024

Where IS THE NOVA SCOTIA STAMPEDE?

73 Ryland Avenue, Bible Hill NS, B2N 2V5. Located at the infield of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Complex.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?

The event is an all ages with the Coldstream Clear upgrade being 19+.

ONCE INSIDE, CAN I LEAVE AND RETURN LATER?

Yes, you may leave the property & return after you receive your bracelet. You will be subject to bag searches upon re-entry.

IS SMOKING, VAPING, CANNABIS ALLOWED?

Only in authorized areas within the Nova Scotia Stampede Grounds. Smoking, vaping & cannabis is allowed in RV sites.

CAN I bring my own food & Beverages

No food is allowed on the event grounds. You may bring an empty water bottle to fill up at our water stations. There will be delicious food vendors on site for you to choose from! 

CAN I VIEW THE SITE MAP?

Yes you can view the Nova Scotia Stampede site map by Clicking Here

WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED?

We accept cash, debit & credit.

CAN I BRING MY OWN CHAIR?

Yes, you may bring your own chair for the concert only. It will be bleacher style seating at the rodeo. 

WILL THERE BE AN ATM ONSITE?

Yes, locations TBD.

WHERE IS THE LOST & FOUND?

If you have lost items please email info@novascotiastampede.com

IS THE FESTIVAL ACCESSIBLE?

Contact info@novascotiastampede.com for any questions about accessibility. Please contact prior to purchasing tickets.

tickets & wristbands

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS?

 

 

You can also buy tickets in person at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre welcome desk or at any Ticketpro Box Office

WHAT TYPES OF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE?

We are currently selling both event passes and individual day passes for the event. Event passes include all 3 days of rodeo performances as well as 4 nights of concerts, and is the ultimate Nova Scotia Stampede experience. This represents the best value.

can I buy a separate single day ticket for the concert or rodeo?

We've noted interest in purchasing single event tickets, particularly for the rodeo or concert on specific days. We appreciate your feedback. Currently, we're exclusively offering event passes and day passes. We'll consider releasing individual event tickets closer to the event date, depending on availability. In our inaugural year, our focus is on providing excellent value while ensuring the event's financial sustainability for the future. Success this year will allow us to expand capacity and infrastructure, providing more ticket packaging options including possible a la carte in the future.

WHAT ARE VIP TICKETS?

This VIP concert upgrade, hosted by Coldstream Clear, gives you access to the Coldstream Clear VIP tent during the concert portions of the event. This tent includes a great line of sight to the stage, private bar access for VIP ticketholders with enhanced offerings from Coldstream Clear with access to bathrooms reserved to VIP ticket holders. This is only available with the purchase of a full event pass.

Is there assigned seating?

Both the rodeo and concerts will be general admission.

DO KIDS GET IN FOR FREE?

Ages 3 and under get in free when accompanied with an adult ( must be able to sit on parents lap if at capacity )

CAN I REFUND, SELL OR TRANSFER TICKET(S)?

No refunds/exchanges. Event is rain or shine. Tickets can be transferred to others through Ticketpro only prior to bracelets

HOW DO I GET MY WRISTBAND?

Upon arrival at the event, you will be required to produce your ticket to our staff who will then provide a bracelet that will be valid for the entirety of the event.

CAN MY WRISTBAND BE REGISTERED MORE THAN ONCE?

Wristbands are non-transferrable.

I ACCIDENTALLY DAMAGED OR LOST MY WRISTBAND. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Our staff will be able to assist with any issues on ticketing/bracelets. Otherwise email info@novascotiastampede.com if you require assistance

DOES MY WRISTBAND COUNT AS MY ID TO PROVE I’M 19+?

Our staff will be ID'ing people and providing bracelets accordingly, however you are required to carry your government issued ID at all times. This may be requested at any time to validate age/personal information.

 

Rodeo

Who is sanctioning the event?

The International Professional rodeo and the WCRA will be the lead accredited sanctioning association.

Who is competing?

Competitors in the Nova Scotia Stampede Rodeo will feature some of the best international talent in North America. They will feature provincial champions, St-Tite Champions,  Canadian Champions and World Champions.

What are the events?

Barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback riding & gymkhana are featured each day (Friday,Saturday and Sunday)

How long are the events?

Each rodeo performance will be approximately 120-130 minutes.

Are the same events everyday or split up into different days?

Yes.  Each daily rodeo performance will feature all events: Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Pickup race, Exchange race and Bull riding.  They will also feature specialty acts such as western whip cracking and trick roping and local talent in the barrel racing event.

What does gymkhana consist of?

The Gymkhana portion will include the best cowboys in the Pickup race and Exchange race. This event was also featured at the Calgary Stampede in the Broncs After Dark performance.

Will there be a meet and greet with the competitors?

Keep your eyes peeled for Contestant Autograph signings closer to the event

How many competitors will there be per event?

Each Event Varies ranging from with 8-12 contestants per event

What is the criteria for judging the events?

In rough stock rodeo events like bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding, the scoring system is a blend of the rider’s and the animal’s performance, each judged out of 50 points by two judges for a total of up to 100 points. The rider’s score considers balance, control, and the ability to spur in rhythm with the animal without touching it or the equipment with the free hand. The animal's score reflects the difficulty it presents, including the power and unpredictability of its bucking. Scores combine these elements, and in cases of insufficient animal performance, re-rides may be offered. The system aims to fairly assess both rider skill and animal challenge.

Is there an intermission?

Yes there will be a 10 - 15 minute intermission

Is there an opening ceremony?

Yes - Each Opening will feature introductions, pyrotechnics, introductions and the National anthem 

Am I allowed to take photos?

Yes, no flash photography

Can I register for the rodeo?

Rawhide Rodeo is administering all registration. Please submit your application below:

( https://www.ipracanada.com/entries/)

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