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‘Back to normal’ for 55th annual Virgil Stampede
NOTL’s popular Virgil Stampede will return May 20 to 22. (FILE/EVAN SAUNDERS)

This year it’s back and promising to be better than ever.

The 55th annual Virgil Stampede, running May 20 to 22, is returning to normal in the wake of three years of COVID cancellations and restrictions, says Richard Wall, president of the Virgil Business Association.

“Lots of things that we missed last year are back on track, like the nickel sale. We have a full slate of entertainment like we’ve always had.”

“We recognize that there were certainly some challenges last year with the ride company having some rides that they (were missing parts for) and staffing shortages. All of those things that people experienced to some degree,” he said. 

With diligent work between ride and security companies, as well as adding even more entertainment elements, Wall said the Stampede’s return will be one to remember. 

“It’s enhanced from what it was prior to COVID.”

Other familiar favourites making a comeback include London Reptiles and free pony rides for kids. 

Those who want to get in on the action early can purchase ride bracelets in-person at Phil’s Independent in Virgil or new this year, online via the Stampede’s website. 

Early-bird ride bracelets are $35 and include admission to the grounds, which is $5 daily except Sunday, when it is free.

The Stampede runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, May 22.

For more information, see the newly updated website at virgilstampede.ca/.

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