2015’s New Midway Foods Are Waiting For You – THE MIDWAY CHAMPION!!

 

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We’ve spent the last year seeking out the best and craziest foods from all over North America to bring you the best new Midway foods out there!

Think your taste buds and your stomach are up to the challenge? 2015 is shaping up to be another Champion year. Don’t worry – all your favourite classic fair foods are still as popular as ever and will be waiting for you.

Check out our newest additions below and try these tasty treats on the Midway this July!

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Stampede Queen and Princesses, true friends for life

Well hello!

It’s hard to believe that April is almost over and soon it will be May! The last month has been full of events and from our sneak preview of May’s schedule, we will only be getting busier from now until Stampede time! All I can say is that I’m so glad Princess Kimberly, Princess Haley and I get along so well because we sure do spend a lot of time together.

Just this past week we were interviewed by Branded Magazine, which is a local magazine geared toward the “young, bold, and thriving in YYC” (as their facebook page says). The interview was for the upcoming summer issue which will feature a few stories on the lesser known facts of the Calgary Stampede. It was a great opportunity for all three of us to sit down and share some of our experiences so far. One of the questions that came up during the interview was a common one; “how do all three of you get along?”

Well, we all looked at each other for a moment and then Princess Haley answered by saying;

“We all get along because we are just nice, easy going ladies.”

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It was during this moment that I thought back to the start of the competition and to how nervous I was to meet all the other ladies who were entering as well. I had never entered a competition like this one, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I was hoping to meet some nice girls and make a few new friends, but to be completely honest, I was afraid that I was going to be thrown into the mix with a few Miss Congeniality/Rodeo Girls and really wasn’t sure how I’d cope with that. Luckily for me, all of the ladies who competed were very nice and personable. Not only did I make some new friends, I also ended up being crowned alongside two of the smartest, most dynamic young women I have ever met.  Continue reading

2015 Culturally Diverse Media Forum

The 8th Annual Culturally Diverse Media Forum took place at the Calgary Stampede Clubhouse this morning—our partners, The City of Calgary and Rogers Media, worked hard to host a forum where participants could explore innovative ways to enhance communication between culturally diverse media groups.

Pictured: The City of Calgary, Rogers Media and the Calgary Stampede partners to host the 8th annual Culturally Diverse Media Forum.

Group shot of your 2015 Culturally Diverse Media hosts from The City of Calgary, Rogers Media and the Calgary Stampede! What an attractive bunch.

After a hearty breakfast and an intense networking session, we examined the rapidly-changing media landscape in the golden age of social media and how this affects the ways we communicate with each other.

Pictured: Queen Mick Plemel, Jenny Steele, Princess Hayely Peckham andPrincess Kimberley Stewart

Pictured: Queen Mick Plemel, Jenny Steele, Princess Hayely Peckham and Princess Kimberley Stewart.

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Cowboy Poetry Week: 100 Years from Now

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “100 Years From Now.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

Stampede Park art: "100 Years of Champions," to honour the champions of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and chuckwagon races.

Stampede Park art: “100 Years of Champions,” to honour the champions of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and chuckwagon races.

100 Years from Now

100 years from now, if the world’s still in the game, May the earth recall our footprints, may the wind sing out our names.
May someone turn a page and hearken back upon this time, May someone sing a cowboy tune and someone spin a rhyme.

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Cowboy Poetry week: “A Baxter of Blacks”

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “A Baxter of Blacks.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

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A Baxter of Blacks

Sheep come in flocks, whales come in pods,

Geese come in gaggles, police come in squads.

There are hovers of trout, bouquets of pheasants

Bands of gypsies and rabbles of peasants.

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It’s Earth Day!

The Calgary Stampede is extremely proud of it’s role as a steward of our Park. This incredible space, nestled by the Elbow River, has been our home for more than 100 years! In order to take care of our Park for 100 more years, the Stampede’s focus is to reduce the Park’s carbon footprint, year-round and during Stampede time, through technology and the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle.

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April Stampede catering bakeshop recipe: salted caramel cookies

New Stampede Life Members and board of director members were introduced at the Calgary Stampede Annual General Meeting last month. But there was another introduction that created the biggest stir. It was the Stampede catering team’s newest creation: the salted caramel cookie.

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A salted caramel cookie, too good to resist a bite

The cookie was originally created because the catering team needed an exciting new dessert for Winefest back in February. Through collaboration between executive sous chef William Kwong, sous chef Graham Armstrong and former Stampede pastry chef John Hanrahan, and with only two attempted recipes, the cookie was born. Although salted caramel is trendy right now, normally it’s paired with dark chocolate, according to Kwong. “But I wanted to put a different spin on it,” he says. Continue reading

Stampede history moment presents: Archie visits Canada’s world famous Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo was held in the BMO Centre from April 16-19. More than 100,000 people attended and included stars of all kinds, such as Arrow, Agent Carter and Aquaman, to name just a few.

You may remember that Spider Man once came to the Calgary Stampede, too. He joined forces with The Rangers to fight Man-Bull and the Dreadknight in the Infield. But Spiderman wasn’t the Stampede’s only VIP guest that year. Stampede was also visited by a group of teens from Riverdale. That’s right, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead travelled to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth in the summer of 1992.

The gang was visiting their friend Greg, who lives on a ranch outside of Riverdale and whose dad was a bull rider set to compete at the Calgary Stampede. When Greg’s barrel-racing Canadian cousin Rita invites the gang, they hop in their pickup for a road trip to the Stampede City.

After a quick wardrobe update – “from dud to dude” – featuring the requisite boots, jeans, western shirt and hat, the gang enjoyed square dancing outside of Eaton’s on Stephen Avenue, chuckwagon races, fireworks and a concert at the “Teen Ranch.” Of course, what would a trip to the Stampede be without pancakes? Jughead’s main mission was to sniff out as many free breakfasts as possible.

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Smithbilt Hats Inc. a new Western Legacy Awards sponsor…and we are overjoyed!

We are excited to announce that nominations for this year’s Western Legacy Awards open on May 1, 2015 and even more excited that Smithbilt Hats Inc. has joined our team. In celebration of Smithbilt becoming one of our 2015 Western Legacy Award sponsors, we were invited to take a tour to learn how Smithbilt creates the beautiful hats so many of us love wearing all year.

The tour began in the felt room, a magical place, filled with all the options you can choose to make the perfect hat. The felts are imported from all around the world, each with a unique texture and quality. It is interesting to note that depending on the type of felt used, will determine how cool or hot the hat will keep your head.

From there, we went into what I would like to call the creation room – the place where the real magic happens. This room is filled with the most beautiful, antique equipment. Some of this equipment has been used daily since Smithbilt opened their doors in 1919. The continued use and confidence in their equipment is a true testament to the integrity of creating the fine hats Smithbilt has maintained throughout the years.

One of our very own Western Legacy Award (WLA) committee members, Colleen Goertz, had a hat created just for her during our tour. She choose a caramel, brown felt and a style similar to that of the “Cattleman.” One of the Smithbilt employees took the skeleton of a hat and molded it into the perfect design. Through the use of steam, craftsmanship and probably a little bit of western magic, he was able to shape the hat perfectly to compliment Colleen’s face shape and style – leaving Colleen thrilled about her hat choice.

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Win like a Champion in the Calgary Stampede Lotteries

It’s official! The Calgary Stampede Lotteries are back for 2015. It is your chance to “win like a champion” – which is this year’s theme for the campaign.  You are all community champions when supporting this great program – wouldn’t it be great to win like a champion as well?

The Stampede Lotteries are organized and planned by the volunteer Calgary Stampede Lotteries committee.  From licensing, advertising, promotions, prizing, draws, ticket management, technology, social media, webmaster, tickets, booths and selling, the 26-person committee works year-round to bring these great, fun lotteries to Calgarians’ every year. In return, the lottery programs bring in more than $6 million dollars to the Stampede and its service clubs, the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary South, the Calgary Marching Show Band Association and the Calgary Stampede Foundation and their many community programs.

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Cowboy Poetry Week: “Pancakes”

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “Pancakes.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

Pictured: A volunteer at a Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast

Pictured: A volunteer at a Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes

It was love at first sight when we met at the dance,

A short order cook on the prowl for romance.

We cheered at the rodeo, bet on the chucks

We partied as hard as a bucking bull bucks.

We fueled the affair with big rock and steaks

But love was ignited with his first stack of cakes.

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Cowboy poetry week: “A Real Partner”

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “A Real Partner.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

Pictured: Grace Bensell (Florence LaDue) and Guy Weadick

Pictured: Grace Bensell (Florence LaDue) and Guy Weadick

A Real Partner

My name is Guy Weadick, how do you do?

A pleasure to meet you, Miss Flores LaDue!

The horses are saddled, would you care for a ride?

I’d love to step out with you by my side.

I’ll tell you my dreams about a big wild west show.

I’m throwing a big loop by the banks of the Bow.

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Celebrating cowboy poetry week with Doris Daley: “Heartbeat”

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “Heartbeat.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

Pictured: Doris Daley

Pictured: Doris Daley

Heartbeat
Hey, Listen to the sounds of a city in July.
The grand shebang begins again beneath a Calgary sky.
The music soars, the infield roars, the midway hums and thrums
But listen…high above it all…the beating of the drums.

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Stampede Style Staples: Cowboy hats that fit

Around Stampede Park, cowboy hats are seen year round. This style staple comes in all shapes, sizes and colours—bling and decorative features optional—however, the most important thing about choosing a cowboy hat is fit.

Fit is crucial as you want a hat that stays on your head when the wind blows or while you’re having the time of your life on a midway ride, but it can’t be so tight it gives you a headache. To determine what size hat you wear, measure the crown of your head (about 3/4 of an inch above your ears where the hat will be worn). The number of inches corresponds with the hat sizes.

I had the pleasure of visiting Smithbilt Hat’s recently and was taught the proper way a cowboy hat should fit. Vice president, Brian Hanson, gives the following tips on how to properly wear a cowboy hat.

Incorrect: too far back. You should avoid having the front brim angled upwards. Wearing your hat this way makes it easier for a windy gust to blow your hat off your head.

Calgary Stampede volunteer coordinator and sometimes hat model, Kelsee Downie wearing her hat too far back.

Calgary Stampede volunteer coordinator and sometimes hat model, Kelsee Downie wearing her hat too far back.

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