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This week the Calgary Stampede began! The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth (as their tag line suggests). This year it is also the Centennial Celebration of the Stampede – 1912 to 2012!
In 1912 the great Stampede was born from the vision of Guy Weadick. Guy was a famous working cowboy and vaudeville entertainer featured in the traveling wild-west shows that were popular world-wide in the early 1900s. He was a man with a dream of celebrating the romance and authentic culture of the old west.
The Stampede we enjoy today has evolved from Guy’s vision. He was successful because he understood that as much as things change, we need to believe in the way things were.
Our historical information tells the story of who we were in our earliest days, and reminds us that Guy was right; fundamentally we believe in the same western values today as we did in 1912.
For more Stampede History: http://corporate.calgarystampede.com/about/stampede-history/
Since I haven’t gone to the Stampede since the first year I arrived in Canada, we thought this year we should hit it up! With it also being the centennial celebration year and the need for a few of the other international staff wanting to go – we took the plunge, braved the train & crowds and had a wonderful day!
Our first stop (once we made it through the line that was at least a mile long!) was to go to the Rodeo! With only standing room seats available, there are lots of heads in the shots! Tie-Down Roping, Bareback, Steer Wrestling, and Barrel Racing were the first few event we saw – but the one we were all waiting for was the Bull Riding!
Then we went and visited the Saddle dome and saw the last of the ‘Cowboy Up!’ Challenge. In previous years, our Equine Coordinator, has been in this event – unfortunately, this year his horse was ill and couldn’t participate in the trials.
We then meet up with a few of the others, walked around for a bit grabbed some food before we headed into the part of the day that I was looking forward to the most… CHUCK WAGON RACES!
As a mid program break they brought out onto the stage some miniature horses that can be ridden by little kids – and they move! – and it’s not a horse on a stick!
The the evening show began – the cheapest Paul Brandt concert (if you can count four songs as a concert!) that I will ever see… some crazy acrobatic dances, BMX jumping, brightly coloured polka dot dressed dances, Paul Brandt followed by the best fireworks show ever!
I don’t know which photo you picked as YOUR favourite ‘Break the Press! Front Page News’ picture… there are a few that are my favourite of the bunch.