Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition is just over a week away July 19th through 21st, with Morris once again hosting the province's only professional rodeo stop. This year, an added feature is the appearance of the RCMP Musical Ride, with shows 2pm Friday, 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday.

During Wednesday's In the Mayor's Chair, Morris Mayor Scott Crick encouraged everyone not to wait to get tickets due to the expected popularity of the events.

"Last year, due to the great weather, we had sell outs at multiple shows," he noted in his conversation with CFAM Radio 950 Morning Show Host Chris Sumner. "So, certainly recommend, if somebody wants to come down, don't be disappointed at the gate. You can go to the Valley Ag Society or the Manitoba Stampede website online and buy your tickets online. I recommend doing that as soon as possible, because we're expecting bumper crowds yet again this year." 

Meanwhile, Crick also reflected on how Stampede Week in Morris is adding new events, bringing a nostalgic feel from a local resident perspective.

"In the past, Stampede, as a local event, was bigger and by that there was more days to it, there was more community involvement," he shared. "It's just great to see some of those things starting to come back, now, to make the whole week special."

Those events include July 17th at dusk, with Sun Valley Co-op sponsoring the free Movie in the Park Kung Fu Panda 4 at Willow Park.

"July 18th, the Morris and District Chamber of Commerce is putting on the Stampede Kick-off, and that's going to be taking place at the Stampede grounds," added the Mayor. "Not only will there be entertainment, there will also be many things for the children to do. Lots of things sponsored by local business, and the Morris Fire Department will be putting on their annual fundraising BBQ, so that's going to be great."

You can have a listen to the entire conversation, below.