The Calgary Stampede – The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: July 7 – 16

It’s Time to Turn It Up! It’s a Stampede Thing!

Now in its 105th year, the Calgary Stampede is known around the world as the “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” The Stampede is a 10-day celebration of western heritage and values, attracting more than one million visitors each year. Whether you’re into live music, midway carnivals, rodeo competitions, chuckwagon races or arts and culture, the show has something for everyone. At the heart of it all is an important connection to the history of rodeo and agriculture. And it’s tons of fun, too!


Image Source: Notable Life

Calgarians across Cowtown, as it’s affectionately known by locals, look forward to The Stampede as a chance to welcome visitors from far and wide, showing them true western hospitality and spirit. People dress in western-themed apparel, from cowboy hats right down to their boots. Businesses decorate with hay bales and western themes. Western boot shops extend business hours and thousands of volunteers come together to pull off this annual celebration. The Stampede Spirit takes over the entire city.

Cloudy with a Chance of Pancakes – Find Free Pancakes with the Flapjack App
One of the best things about The Stampede is the free pancake breakfasts, which can be found all over the city. They say more than 200,000 pancakes are served at these community gatherings. Now that’s a lot of flapjack flipping! Use the Flapjack Finder app to make your way to the nearest fluffy stacks.


Image Source: Calgary Stampede

University Course Credits for Boot Stomping and Line Dancing?
The University of Calgary offers an official credit course on the Culture of the Calgary Stampede. As part of the Canadian Studies curriculum, the course covers the history and cultural importance of the event. Talk about Stampede Spirit – all lectures during the Stampede take place right on the Stampede grounds.


Rodeo Rex and the Calgary Stampede’s Harry the Horse team up to kick off Stampede 2016. Image source: University of Calgary.

Stampede Interrupted by a Plane Crash
During the Stampede of 1919, crowds were suddenly interrupted by an emergency landing of a biplane, which touched down on top of the midway carousel. The plane was built for World War I ace Fred McCall, who was forced to crash-land on top of the merry-go-round due to engine failure at take-off. There were no injuries, proving they didn’t call him an ace for nothing!


A Curtiss Jenny is checked after it crash-landed on top of the carousel at the Calgary Stampede in 1919. Image source: Calgary Herald.

If you’re in the area, come out and enjoy The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: A Show 150 Years in the Making.
Can we get a YEE HAW, y’all?? It’s a Stampede Thing!

For event information, please visit the official Calgary Stampede website.

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