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Review of Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede
Ranked #5 of 307 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 March 9, 2013

I moved to Calgary in 1980. Back then many men wore western cut suits and cowboy boots to the office all year round. Times have changed. Calgary has more than doubled in population.

There are those who plan to take their vacation during Stampede each year so they can leave town. Then there are those who like to dress western even if they have never sat on a horse in their lives, enjoy their annual encounter with livestock and root for the bulls at the rodeo. I watch the parade on TV now. But I get to the rodeo and/or chuckwagon races every year. It tends to be somewhat warm for western wear during the Stampede. But, I work downtown. I feel it is my civic duty to don my denims and my white stetson daily. No cowboy boots, though. Too hot.

I hope the visitors realize that, amongst us office workers, there are real cowboys and real Indians (never called that in Canada anymore) who come to the big city for the agricultural exhibition, rodeo and powwow. The Calgary Stampede is still the real thing.

Thank soildianthus
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

They don't call it the Greatest Outdoor Show in the World for nothing. It really is an amazing tribute to the Western Way of life and the city of Calgary throws a party. Great rodeo, Chuckwagon races are second to none(though if you have a chance visit the small town rodeos and wagon races around Western Canada, you won't be disappointed) the Grandstand show, can be kind of hokey, but you won't leave disappointed. The rides and midway are the same as you will find at most fairs and exhibitions. Visit the western art and also the barns and experience the animals, cowboys in action, ferriers etc. It really does shine a light on the western way of life now and in the past.

1  Thank amtiii
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

This is just a great time with a variety of thinks do do for all ages. The rodeo was a hoot as was the Grand Stand Show with the Chuckwagon races.

1  Thank 7Family7
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Can't miss it! My family had a great time. The chuckwagon races right before the Grandstand Show were very exciting. The planning, and choreography showed off the talent of the performers to the best effect. Some of the planned aspects were cut short by rain but the show went on and it was the West at its best!

2  Thank Elizabeth C
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

The 10 days of Stampede are phenomenal.
Opening day is a parade which takes 3 hours to pass you by. Bands from many places in the world, western theme floats and lots of horses.
At the exhibition grounds, there are carnival rides, exhibits of art, photography, crafts, farm animals, to name but a few things to see.
The grandstand has cowboy events like bull riding and steer wrestling. In the evening are the races of chuck wagons - by far, more entertaining than thoroughbred racing. Later, there is a stage show.
Over in the arenas, there are entertainers - some free, some at extra cost.
The whole city is a big party - bars and restaurants have feature foods, libations, dancing and socializing.
We take part every year. People come from all over the world. You gotta be there.

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