Did you know the world-famous Calgary Stampede (The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth) is starting in less than 17 days. I thought to bring you a brief overview of the history of Calgary Stampede. I will bring more information about Calgary Stampede in my upcoming posts.
How much do you know about Calgary Stampede? I know a bit about Calgary Stampede. My sweet memories from 2007 (when I moved to Calgary) are still fresh. Let me bring some valuable information to you about Calgary Stampede. I will start with history today.
- Did you know it all started in 1912?
- Did you know Guy Weadick arrived in Calgary in 1912 to pitch a 6-day spectacle titled the “The Frontier Day Celebration and Championship”.
- Did you know he received support for the event he called the “Stampede” from four prosperous Southern Alberta ranchers: A.E. Cross, George Lane, Pat Burns and A.J. McLean, collectively known as the Big Four.
- Did you know First held in September of 1912, the Stampede featured roping and bronc events with competitors from throughout the North American West.
- Did you know Women participated in the saddle-bronc and trick riding competitions.
- Did you know Members of the Treaty 7 Nations participated in the events as well.
- Did you know The title of world champion bareback bronc rider went to Tom Three Persons of the Kainai (Blood) Nation who was the first person to stay on Cyclone, the famous horse unbeaten by 129 other riders before Three Persons rode him to a standstill. Despite the rainy weather, the first Stampede drew large crowds and was a success.
- Did you know due to the onset of an economic depression followed by the outbreak of the First World War, Weadick’s hopes of making the Stampede an annual event didn’t finish as planned. But in 1919, the Big Four and Ernie L. Richardson, the Secretary of the Calgary Exhibition, called him back to the city to hold a Victory Stampede that would celebrate peace and the end of the First World War. Once again, the Stampede was a successful rodeo competition and western event.
- Did you know In 1923, the Stampede joined with the Exhibition holding one event – the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede – in July. This was also the first year of the pancake breakfast, started by Jack Morton offering breakfast to visitors and locals alike from the back of his chuck wagon parked downtown.
- Did you know Within a few years, attendance broke 200,000 and the spectacle continued to grow into the Stampede we enjoy today.
- Did you know Calgary Stampede was considered to be a celebration of the Old West, out of which Calgary grew and showcases the modern, multicultural and cosmopolitan city it has become. Like the Stampede, Calgary’s past and present are firmly rooted in the traditions of western heritage and values.
- Did you know Calgary Stampede has a Calgary Stampede Historical Committee and the Historical committee preserves, presents and promotes the history of the Calgary Stampede starting from its earliest days as a fair in 1884, to the first Stampede in 1912, all the way to present day.
-Did you know, in addition to this, I will be writing another post about history and other cool information about Calgary Stampede this weekend? Therefore I recommend you to stay tuned for more in next few days.
In conclusion, if you have never been to Calgary Stampede, make sure to visit this year. This year’s Calgary Stampede will run from 8th to 17th July. As of today, 17 days are left. Let me know what you think about Calgary Stampede or please share your experiences with us by leaving a comment.
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