Cochrane Fair bringing wrestling legends to town

Dan Kroffat, a Cochrane local and former Stampede Wrestler who invented the ladder match in 1972, stands with the sack of money that competitors will be fighting over come August 16. The winner of the ladder match will get to decide what happens to the money. Photo by Riley Cassidy Riley Cassidy / jpg, CT

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Wrestling fans have good cause to get excited for this year’s Cochrane Fair, with the first Canadian Wrestling’s Elite Professional Wrestling At the Fair happening on August 16.

A total of 18 Canadian Wrestling’s Elite (CWE) wrestlers will be competing in a fully carded event throughout the evening, including the current reigning heavyweight champion TK O’Ryan, former Stampede Wrestling and British Commonwealth mid-heavyweight champion Johnny “Honey Badger” Devine, multi-time CWE champion “Hotshot” Danny Duggan, and “The Warlord” Terry Szopinski of NWA, WCW, and WWF fame.

In a throwback to the Stampede Wrestling era, the headlining match of the evening will be a ladder match, refereed by the inventor of the event and Cochrane local Dan Kroffat, also known as The Cowboy and King Crow throughout his years as a professional wrestler, for a $500 prize—the winner of which will get to decide how they spend the money.

Kroffat said he was initially reluctant to agree to referee the ladder match, but said he has a plan in mind to make it worth it.

“I initially turned this down, but because I have a surprise and a plan in store, I’ve taken on the role as referee for the ladder match, which I created in 1972. I really encourage my local friends and neighbours and friends in Cochrane to attend this, in what should be a really fun match to watch,” said Kroffat.

“I really hope everybody will be able to enjoy the show when I execute my plan and surprise. In doing this, I would like to see others benefit because of this match. It’s the only reason I’m doing this, because I’m very cognisant of the fact that I shouldn’t be.”

Professional Wrestling at the Fair will bring a total of six matches to the fair grounds.

Spectators can expect the ladder match to happen around the middle of the card, with the highly billed wrestlers to follow.

The competitors of the ladder match were not yet announced at the time this article was written, but more information will surface in the weeks to come.

Details of the evening’s card haven’t been fully hashed out yet, but Spencer Tapley from The Venue Bar and Grill who is sponsoring event, and the MC and announcer for the evening, said there would be a good variety of matches to watch.

“We have competitors from all around the world participating, including female competitors. We’re going to have a ladder match and a tag team match, but I can’t say much more than that,” he said.

“There are a limited amount of VIP tickets available, and they’re on sale now. They allow the holder to get admittance at 7 p.m. on August 16, meet and greet with the stars, take some pictures, get autographs, and buy merchandise in advance of the rest of the crowd,”

“The wrestlers will come out during intermission, and there will also be a meet and greet and autograph signing scenario then,” he said.

Tickets are on sale now through by searching for the Cochrane Fair, and also at the Venue Bar and Grill for in-person purchases.

VIP meet and greet tickets cost $23, and early bird general admission tickets are $18.

Tickets will also be available at the Cochrane Fair for $21 each.