Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati

Today marks the third day of “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” the celebrated Calgary Stampede that runs until July 14.  The Stampede promotes values of cultural pride, community, and western hospitality that characterize the Canadian identity and attract national and international crowds each year. The Calgary Stampede is built upon the region’s rodeo heritage. The rodeo tradition dates back to the 1600s, and was brought to the forefront in Calgary in 1912 when Guy Weadick organized a cowboy competition. One hundred and one years later, the Stampede is still alive and thriving.

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This year, many activities are taking place suitable for all ages. From tournament-style rodeo to extreme jet skiers and a chuck wagon event: the GMC Rangeland Derby, there is an action-filled lineup for the whole family to enjoy! Not to mention the nightly entertainment, water and light shows, Family Feud Live, many rides and games, activities for children, arts and crafts, marching bands, and unique markets.

There are four stages that host local and international talent.  Carly Rae Jepson, Tim McGraw, Dixie Chicks, and KISS are the headliners this year. Dragonette, Down with Webster, K-OS, and Hedley are other notable acts, among many others.  Visitors look forward to the selection of exclusive food options available each year.  Feeling adventurous? Deep-fried Doritos, chocolate-dipped jalapenos, pickle shooters, and chocolate bacon apples are just some of the absurd fares being featured. We suggest you try one for the rest of us!

The Stampede is coordinated by a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Western culture and committed to developing a sense of community.  The organization focuses on youth and agricultural programs but also encourages volunteers and participation in their other community initiatives. They emphasize their commitment to animal care and work closely with their partners to protect more than 7,500 animals that partake in the Stampede. Events take place year-round in addition to the acclaimed 10-day festival each July, welcoming millions of people to Stampede Park.

The Calgary Stampede is an incomparable experience full of excitement, food, music, exhibitions, and education. wishes Calgarians and visitors a happy Calgary Stampede!

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