It’s a stampede! Well, sort of. The truth is that the Calgary Stampede is not actually a stampede in the literal sense of the word. In fact, for those of you not in the know, the Calgary Stampede is an enormous rodeo that happens annually in the area of Alberta, Canada each July.
Held on the Stampede Grounds, the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition practically takes control of the city. It’s not uncommon for the locals and tourists alike to dress in boots and don an old fashioned cowboy hat for the nearly two weeks of old fashioned fun.
This year’s event will be the 104th and it will begin with the Calgary Stampede Parade on July 8, 2016, and the event will on July 17. The Stampede Grounds are situated toward the southeast of downtown Calgary in the Beltline District.
During the Stampede attendees will witness a rodeo competition, live shows, agricultural competitions, live shows and performances, astounding chuck wagon races, and so many attractions we can’t even fit them all here. Check out all the scheduled activities on the Stampede’s website.
In the surrounding area, many neighborhood businesses decorate their stores and workplaces starting in June and the décor will be up throughout the duration of the entire Stampede. Every year, two princesses and a queen are chosen as Stampede sovereignty. The first Stampede Queen, Patsy Rodgers, was chosen in 1946 while the princesses were first picked the accompanying year. The imperial trio serve one-year terms and be present at several, if not all, Stampede events.
The main highlight of the show is the Rodeo. The Calgary Stampede’s rodeo pays out some of the greatest cash prizes in the sport, drawing in the best riders and ropers from across the globe. A large portion of its victors have gone ahead to win the National Finals Rodeo that takes place later in the fall ever year.
This ain’t their first rodeo either ya’ll! The Calgary Stampede began in 1886 at the Calgary and District Agricultural Society’s first fair. However, it didn’t become an annual event until 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Nearly 1.2 million people attended the 2015 event and this year the organizers are expecting just as many folks. The highest number of attendees on the record occurred in 2012 when more than 1.4 million people came to the event.
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