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“Stampede for families” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede
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The Calgary Stampede
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Owner description: Every July, millions of people come to Calgary's Stampede Park to take part in one of the world's largest rodeos and other popular activities such as chuckwagon racing and agricultural shows. The event's origins date back to 1912, when American Guy Weadick, a successful trick roper, got support to host an event called "Stampede" to celebrate the "disappearing" Old West. Since then, the event has grown drastically and has evolved into a celebration of the Old West, while reflecting the modern, multicultural aspects of the city.
Calgary, Canada
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“Stampede for families”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

The Stampede used to be so awesome for young and old. And if you're a partier, you'll still love it and rate it excellent. Unfortunately, the family is no longer the focus for the Stampede. Crowds, lineups, huge expense and lots of alcohol is what you will now find. My suggestions for parents with children - prepurchase as much as possible, carry food and drink, and hang on to the kids. It is busy! The trains are very overcrowded with the poor, grumpy souls who are trying to get to and from work. Perhaps go to Calaway Park instead (I know plenty of parents who do). The rides are just as good, far cheaper and lineups are short. And If you don't like crowds, don't go to the grounds.

Visited July 2011
2 Thank Wendy E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

This festival has something for all ages, but I think the best experiences will come if you are ready to forget about some stressors for a week and get ready to fill your boots with booze and food. It is a party from start to finish with lots of exciting sideshows along the way.

Visited July 2011
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“A great fun day out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

So much to see and do! Rides, food, animals and shows. A real American Fair experience!

Visited July 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

The world famous Calgary Stampede is exactly what it is cracked up to be...just be prepared to spend some money in order to get the full experience.

First of all: If you are coming in from out of town, it is HIGHLY recommended to make hotel room reservations well in advance. You can save some money by booking a room outside of the downtown core, then take the C-Train (LRT) down to the Stampede Grounds which is very easy as it will drop you off pretty much exactly where you need to go. Also, you will save the money on parking. I also highly recommend taking out cash from a bank machine BEFORE you go as the fee's at the ATM's on the grounds are a little expensive (About $2-$3+ per transaction). Cash is good for playing any carnival games and purchasing food etc. as some places do not accept any other forms of payment. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Children would be best suited if a stroller was brought along as well. It is customary to wear "cowboy/cowgirl" attire, however it's not required...it just add's to the fun! Bring your camera! A backpack would also be recommended to store all your stuff.

Food: There are several places to grab a bite to eat through out the premises. Some of the interesting food concoctions include "deep fried oreo's" and many other neat and interesting things that you wouldn't normally try. Of course, there are also the true carnival fare of mini donuts to suit everyone's tastes. Other than the usual "not so healthy" choices, there are also other places that DO offer better choices. Wild West fare including succulent ribs are a must!

Activities: Where do I even start?!?!!! The rodeo and chuck wagon races are a sure bet! World class cowboys compete to be the best in both. Be sure to purchase your tickets as these are "add on" events not to be missed! Not into rodeo's?? Well, there is also the thrill of the carnival rides that are abundant through out the stampede grounds sure to please both children to adults not weak of heart! Games are also available throughout as well for all ages! Oh, did I mention that there is also FREE (with general admission to the Stampede of course!) big name bands that put on live concerts?!?!!! Awesome, if not outstanding performances by well known music artists perform. Check the listings to see if your favorite is playing, then make sure that you head on down to see them perform live in concert! Adults feelin' a little thirsty? No worries, there are beer gardens to quench that thirst! The most popular one being Nashville North. Just be sure to head there early or else you could literally be in line for hours! It is an extremely popular place!

There is so much for everyone to see and do. Just remember that it is not cheap! If you are on a tight budget, then I would suggest staying away from the games as they tend to be a real money sucker.

Visited July 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

You need a whole day and deep pockets to go. The most expensive thing is the food after you pay to get in the gate.

Visited July 2011
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