Today I’m sharing my first hand experience of The Calgary Stampede, the greatest outdoor show on Earth – or so they say. Stampede is coming up and we, Calgary are bracing ourselves for the chaos to ensue. Starts July 5th ends end of day July 14th. Boasting rodeos, mid-way rides, prizes, show home, super dogs, free concerts. Plus all the pancake breakfasts you can take in and the night life doesn’t end.
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I’ve lived in Calgary for 22 years and have only JUST attended the Calgary Stampede Rodeo last year. It’s hot, there’s crowds, it’s exciting. You see more than you should likely with the scantily dressed women and guys. It’s not the best place for kids but you’ll see lots of them there.
It was Amazing.
It’s cowboy hats, bbq smoking up the air, western dressed everyone old, new, dogs, horses – showing off their stampede duds, eating the mid way foods like:
- Deep Fried Oreos
- Corn Dogs
- Bbq’d Everything
- Drinking Ice Cold Flavoured Lemonade
- Ice Cold Root Beer
Things to SEE and DO:
- Riding the Roller Coasters
- Bumper Cars
- Bungee Jumping
- a new Zip Line was added last year
- Marching bands are always my favourite
- Rodeo and Grand Stand Show
What’s this about?
The Cowboys and Cowgirls come from all over the world to complete with this particular event, it’s one of the biggest Rodeo competitions. the purse prize of $100,000 makes it all worth while. I love the cowboy names like Ryder Write, Ty Wallace, don’t they just sound like strong country names that are full of moxie. Plus, bull names like Whiskey Hand and Night Moves are sure to scare even the toughest Cowboy.
It’s exciting times and lots on the line when these young men and women come to wager it all…when the bull doesn’t perform or the rider get’s a penalty for all of the wrong things, it just makes the event that much more unique. We rely on the grounds – the earth, being perfect, the weather cooperating, the animals to perform, the fans to buy tickets – all of this combined makes this event that much more powerful to be part of.
They don’t call it the Greatest Outdoor show on earth for no reason…it’s over 100 years old and counting not many of us know anything that’s been around this long and still going strong. The stampede takes in approx 1 million visitors a year. There’s family day and kids day and seniors day to name a few special themes. They also have the CocaCola stage that has live bands with big names from last year like:
- Walk off the Earth
- Our Lady Peace
- Cheryl Crow
- Simple Plan
- Billy Talent
Check out this past line up on my website, and for future and past highlighted bands, it’s pretty cool who gets to plan and how famous some of these bands truly are.
Being part of this amazing spirit and City Gratitude when it comes to the Stampede is pretty cool. All the buildings and people dress up or have something that shows their spirit like a cowboy hat or just a bandana, the kids go crazy for this time of year.
Plus so many business’ part take in festivities by having stampede breakfast parties serving free food – pancakes, sausages and include festivities for the kids like face painting and fun! If you’re coming to Calgary in the summer be sure to make this trip during the stampede season it’s sure to leave you with great memories.
Top 10 things to do while in Calgary:
- Eat Pizza at 4th Spot Kitchen and Bar, boasts best pizza in YYC, check out my podcast about this place here
- 17th Avenue SW, stroll along restaurant hoping
- Ride Bikes through East Village full of markets and music
- Calgary Stampede
- Calgary Tower Check out my podcast about this here
- Have Breakfast at OeB(Over Easy BreakFast)
- Have Supper at The Keg Steakhouse
- Drive to Banff, Alberta
- Enjoy a day walking through Inglewood
- Have a Bull Dog and a good plate of chips and Salsa at Julio Barrios in Kensington
Thank you for listening check out my site ValerieMoss.ca for all the photos and links to the top 10 things I recommend doing while in Calgary. Have you taken in the Stampede did you buy tickets to the show home? Did you win prizes at the mid-way, try the deep friend Oreos? Let me know, tell me about your experience.
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