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Review of Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede
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The Calgary Stampede
Ranked #14 of 311 things to do in Calgary
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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.
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This never disappoints! For a very reasonable rate you get in the gate and can enjoy so many free shows and activities. Of course the rodeo and chuckwagons are extra, but are excellent entertainment. The evening show is always great. I love that there are always great performers to get tickets too also. Saw Johnny Reed this year. . . Superb!

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Yes, every year I go back, and enjoy every minute. Love both the rodeo, and the evening show. It feels like this is Calgary.

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Reviewed November 29, 2012

The Calgary Stampede is a Canadian Classic! It is an amazing time, and the atmosphere of Calgary during the stampede alone is worth experiencing. The actual stampede/rodeo is definitely a ton of fun, especially if you can manage to gain access to places such as The Lazy S or Ranahans. These are certainly the premier places to sit in the Grandstand for the rodeo and chucks. The Lazy S is a very upscale private club and has a strict list of rules that must be followed in order to gain access. If there is any way to get in, take advantage of it. It is air conditioned and enclosed in the event it is raining or windy. The midway offers a good time too, especially for the 100 year celebration. Can't wait for Stampede 2013!!!

1  Thank Tyler T
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

I have been to Stampede 3 or 4 times and it never fails to impress. I gear up for the new and interesting selection of deep fried items each year. Last year: Oreos, this year: kool-aid, twinkies and wagon wheels.
I love going to the parade. It kicks everything off. Sometimes I'll even go on my own. Often coffee shop vendors set tables outside along the streets leading to the parade area and you can buy cheap coffee and pastries to keep you fuelled for the extravaganza ahead. Don't bother paying for the bleachers, just bring a blanket or chair - people will make room for you.
From there, take the LRT to the Stampede Grounds and get thee hyped up on sugar. For kids, I recommend the agri-area. Petting zoos, horses, agriculture activities (learn how to milk a cow for example). I always mean to enjoy some rides but find that my day is packed without it. For adults, Nashville North (the bar) is hard to get into. You could spend hours upon hours in-line, that said - beer & live music await. There are also plenty of free (with admission) shows throughout the day & night.
Finally, I strongly suggest paying to see the rodeo. The organizers are aware that many of the guests have no idea what is going on and take care to explain the events and judging criteria. Tickets are available the day off, but book in advance for better seats.
Take water and sunscreen and buy a cheap straw hat on Stephen Ave before you start the day. Wear comfy shoes as the grounds are massive (do not try to break in your brand new boots the day of). Also note that if you are in Calgary a few weeks in advance, many of the Mac stores have deals on tickets.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Lots of great live music acts, every bar is packed, pancake breakfasts, great midway and fair. The rodeo is so large it's hard to get an intimate feel like in most of the smaller rodeos in Alberta - especially the Ponoka Stampede. The chuckwagon races are probably the biggest event of all and are exciting.

1  Thank Gerald D
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