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Every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • While the locals are divided between those that go every year and those that either leave town or do their best to avoid anything to do with Stampede, it is well worth going at least once
  • The rides and games of the midway are great for kids, but the shows that are in different venues on the grounds include music, animals, sports, and other interesting entertainment
  • But everyone, young and old, should experience the madness of the Calgary Stampede at least once in their lives

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      Every July, Calgary, Alberta turns into an old Western town, where every business adopts a Western theme, every eating and drinking establishment obtains a mechanical bull, and everyone wears cowboy hats and boots. The city virtually shuts down due to the amount of drinking involved, often from morning until well into the night. There are countless pancake breakfasts and barbeques, not to mention the various events at the fairgrounds, including rodeos, chuck wagon races, rides, music and various shows. While the locals are divided between those that go every year and those that either leave town or do their best to avoid anything to do

      with Stampede, it is well worth going at least once.

      There is something for everyone on the Stampede grounds. The rides and games of the midway are great for kids, but the shows that are in different venues on the grounds include music, animals, sports, and other interesting entertainment. The international aspect is great too, with people from every corner of the world in attendance, embracing their inner cowboy. Of course, the rodeo and chuck wagon races are always the biggest events, and although the tickets may be difficult to obtain to the finales, it is not impossible to get in. Even if these types of ...


      • events are not your cup of tea, the people watching is fantastic, and the food is great too. Most of the tickets for the events and even the food and beer are reasonably priced. Outside the Stampede grounds, there are numerous events throughout the city which include some big name acts in the music world, and there are endless barbecues to attend. Every drinking establishment, as well as many restaurants, put on Stampede parties, so the party never really ends.

        Although I have participated in many events during my years at Stampede, one of the most interesting things to do is to simply people watch on

        Stephen Avenue, the iconic, pedestrian street. Any of the outdoor patios is great to sip a cool drink and be amused at the wanna-be cowboys walking around the city. I have had more fun doing this than fighting the crowds on the fair grounds themselves. But everyone, young and old, should experience the madness of the Calgary Stampede at least once in their lives. While it may or may not end up being something you want to do regularly, or even ever again, but to experience the complete transformation of a city into a Western town of a by-gone age is fascinating and, at the very least, entertaining.




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