Spencerville Stampede cancelled

A 2015 promotional poster, highlighting the country music lineup for the Spencerville Stampede. The organizing committee announced Friday, May 13, 2016 it has cancelled this year's event due to a number of factors including late notice of government funding. (Spencerville Stampede via Newswatch Group)

SPENCERVILLE – There won’t be a sixth year for the Spencerville Stampede.

In a Facebook posting, the Spencerville Stampede Committee said it had to pull the plug on the event this year because it did not receive enough notice for funding from the Ontario government.

As Brockville Newswatch told you April 18, 2016, the government announced $9,400 for the event.

“We are not able to allocate the dollars so graciously offered to us in a timely manner,” the statement read.

Adding to that, the committee cites a weak Canadian dollar, competition, and trying to find a proper a venue for the world class rodeo as challenges that couldn’t be overtime in time for the event.

This would have been the sixth year for the event in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, had it taken place on July 22-24, 2016.

The committee is already planning for a 2017 stampede.

“We trust that you’ll understand our decision was not made lightly, and we would be doing a disservice to our community to try and hastily prepare an event for this year,” the committee said.