It is Calgary Stampede time
You know it as “the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. The Calgary Stampede officially launches on this Friday morning with its big parade in Calgary Downtown. Most noteworthy, this years co-marshals are Jann Arden and Paul Brandt.
The singer-songwriting pair will be co-marshals due to this year’s year of music theme. Starting this Friday at 9 AM some 4000 participants, 750 horses and 40 floats will feature in Calgary downtown. Same like last years, they will be in the area between 6th & 3rd Street SE and between 7th and 5th Ave SE.
The Stampede has been a gathering place for more than 100 years. Calgary have weathered tough economic times & will be a place where people can celebrate. This 10 day rodeo and fair ground extravaganza, which began in 1912 could spell a major boost for local businesses. If you are a first time Stampeder, please know businesses and groups all over the city hold pancake breakfasts for free every morning. Each year over 200,000 pancakes are served at community breakfasts.
Seems like almost 1.1 million people will visit Stampede this year. In 2012 when it was Centennial ceremony for Calgary Stampede, a record number of people visited to enjoy a century old tradition. Since your guess for this years attendance is 1.4 million people, you are absolutely right.
This year’s attractions:
- www.TravelFolio.net – First of all, in addition to other attractions, there will be extensive Stampede coverage on our blog. Since we are covering Stampede this year, make sure to leave us a comment if you want to feature on our blog.
- Rodeo – daily starting at 1.15 PM in Stampede Park, six main events will be taking place. Especially relevant Ladies barrel racing, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding will be taking place. Rodeo is known to be the world’s richest event because $2 million is up for grabs for the victors in these events.
- Grandstand Show – Chuck wagon races will take place just before the big show for each of nine nights at 7.45 PM. Some 36 drivers and 216 horses compete for $1.1 million in prizes. After the race the Grand Show begins with plenty of song and dance numbers, acrobatics and super fireworks shows.
- The Midway – Every day from 11 AM to midnight is available for family fun. In addition to other activities, this year new activities include but not limited to Perking Acrobats, dog bowl from Colorado, Adventure Park, a high dive act etc.
- A new Indian Village – Every day artisans will be selling their indigenous wares and elders will be telling stories. The Bannock Booth is offering everything from a Bannock Burger to an Indian Taco and is opening a sweet grass lodge. Most significantly there is a new interpretive Indian Village with daily dance performances, traditional powwow competitions and drumming.
- Music – There are 4 venues which will feature 170 acts over 10 days.
- Animals – The Agrium Center will hold its annual set of events such as the heavy horse show, a miniature donkey showcase, exhibitors from the agri-food industry, a sheep shearing challenge and a tractor pull.
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