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Second Wild West Jamboree features broomball on horseback, annual barn dance with the Brent Lee Band

You may think you know the Wild West.

But take another look at the second annual Wild West Jamboree, which takes place July 26 through 28 in Pemberton.

"We’re trying to showcase the country and western experience," says Jan Kennett, who has been working with her husband, Dudley Kennett, and a dozen committee members in town for the past few months to organize the Western-style extravaganza.

Most events take place at Pemberton Stables, with a few at outside locations.

Admission is $10 per day for the family pass or $5 per day for ages 13 and over.

Children age 12 and under are free, and must be accompanied by an adult.

"We have a very diverse community so it’s one way of bringing them together, including our friends and neighbours from Whistler," adds Kennett, who has been involved in aspects of the horse business with her husband for the last 20 years.

The festival, sponsored by the Pemberton and District Chamber of Commerce, has increased in size and scope this year.

"It has changed from last year, where the focus was a little more adult oriented. This year includes the 4-H show and other children’s events," says Lori Gobert, manager at Paperworks.

The celebration begins with the Pony Espresso Horse Race on Friday, July 26, followed by opening ceremonies.

The race challenges riders to carry a full cup of coffee from the Pony to the Pemberton Stables with enough coffee remaining to pour some out.

The ride does not necessarily award the fastest.

"Someone has already done the ride, so there’s a hidden time that a rider has recorded from outside the café, to the stables," says Gobert.

Events for children include the classic goat tying event, a variation on the pin the tail on the donkey as kids try to tie a ribbon on the tail of a goat.

Wagon rides will transport spectators on an hourly basis from downtown to the Pemberton stables, a fun travel option for the children.

A calf scramble (for ages 13 to 16), a pig scramble (for ages eight to 12), and foot races are also part of the events calendar.

New this year is the first ever broomball on horseback.

The daytime event is a mix of soccer, hockey, and polo, as teams of five players play in an open field, using an over-sized ball.

Meanwhile the Poker Ride on Sunday, July 28, is another kind of gamble.

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