Each year a member of the Rodeo community who displays exemplary talent is selected as the Grande Prairie Stompede Wagonmaster.
Bill Finch was born on September 14, 1949. He was raised on the family farm southwest of Grande Prairie in the spruce, pine, and blueberries, close to the Wapiti River.
Bill attended Harry Balfour from grades one to nine. He graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School and went straight into dairy farming. Dairy farming was Bill’s way of life for twenty-three years and he was very experienced as he had ten years of milking cows for chores.
After selling the dairy operation in 1990, he went into beef farming and driving truck. At the same time, Bill started acquiring draft horse teams. He used his teams for many years and showed them at many Stompede events.
Bill was instrumental, as one of the Draft Horse Club members, in seeing the club grow and take over the responsibility of the Northern Spirit Light Show.
He is a big supporter of PARDS and helped whenever he could so they could achieve their new facility.
For many years, Bill has supplied cattle for events in the Stompede and the parade.
Around 2003 Bill sold his beef cattle and worked at Windsor Plywood for three years but cows were in his blood and he soon bought his longhorns.
Bill’s recreation time is widely spent trail riding, wagon and sleigh pulling with his draft horse team.
Bill raised three children on the dairy farm. His family lives close and have added eight grandchildren and the great-grandchildren are on the way.
His children have inherited the same love of animals and country life as Bill has. They participated with Bill when he helped with Little Britches Rodeo in Bezanson, Grovedale and Rio Grande.
They all believe there is nothing better than sitting around the campfire after a hard day in the saddle.
Business Appreciation Award 2019
Elite Vac and Steam
Elite Vac and Steam has been a proud supporter of the Grande Prairie Stompede for many years. Elite has provided exceptional service to the Stompede always going above and beyond and growing with the show to create a strong working relationship.
In May 2010, Elite Waste Disposal began its journey in the Rental Business by supplying and delivering Portable Toilets and Wash Cars.
As the company grew, so did its repertoire. In just a few years, “Elite Waste Disposal” then diversified to “Elite Vac & Steam” which entailed a Fluid Division, such as Tank Trucks, Vacuum Trucks, Hydro-Vacs, Semi-Vacs and Steamers. “Elite Vac & Steam” continues to offer competitive oilfield vacuum and steam services with a growing fleet of equipment.
Though “Elite Vac & Steam” is less than 10 years old, our team is composed of some of the most seasoned management in the field. Each of our members has at least 20 years of experience in the industry and have together become a great team.
We believe in treating every employee with respect. Every employee within our organization is important to us and plays a vital role in the success of our company.
Elite Vac and Steams Mission:
“WE STRIVE TO BE THE EMPLOYER AND SERVICE PROVIDER OF CHOICE IN OUR INDUSTRY.”
GP Stompede believes that the Elite team has gone above and beyond their mission; hats off to Elite Vac and Steam as the Grande Prairie Stompede’s Business of the Year!