Calgary Stampede provides a world-class training facility for Calgary Police Services

For the Calgary Police Services (CPS) training is a critical part of the job and often challenging, but training on foot pales in comparison to training while mounted on a horse!

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The CPS Mounted unit practice drills.

The CPS Mounted Patrol unit took to their saddles recently on Stampede Park in the Agrium Western Event Centre arena for a special training initiative and to continue building the CPS Mounted Police unit.

“The goal of the training was to operationalize our staff on horseback and grow our mounted officer presence in Calgary,” said Sgt. Kelly Oberg. “Given the location, we can immediately deploy within the community at the conclusion of training on any given day.  This allows the officers to use their newly acquired skills immediately.”

Sgt. Kris McCarthy, a 17-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service Mounted unit, flew in from Toronto to conduct the training.

“Sgt. McCarthy is highly accomplished and has trained the best-of-the-best of mounted officers across North America. We are very fortunate that he was able to come out and share his expertise with us at a world-class facility,” said Sgt. Oberg.

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The CPS Mounted unit trains with Sgt. McCarthy.

The training included tactical shooting drills (with blank ammunition of course), developing good horsemanship skills, discipline and learning how to manage difficult situations while on horseback. This valuable training will help operationalize the unit of five and get them out on the streets more often in Calgary and in our communities. The mounted officers will have a more noticeable presence in Calgary communities and less of a ceremonial presence.

“Many of the drills were similar to foot drills but with the challenge of riding a horse at the same time. We really focused on strategies and ways they can protect themselves when enduring a threat, learning how to make an arrest and different tactics that could be employed while on a horse,” added Oberg.

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The Calgary Stampede has a longstanding partnership with the CPS and was happy to host them on Stampede Park and provides space to many other CPS units such as: the Public Safety unit, Tactical Bomb unit and the K9 unit. The Calgary Fire Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Calgary Transit also use the facilities on Stampede Park for training purposes.

“We are very excited about our relationship with the Calgary Stampede. It’s significant given our current political and financial climate that we continue to build this unit because mounted officers are able to go places that vehicles cannot and serve as another way we can better protect and serve Calgarians,” shared Sgt. Oberg.

The Calgary Stampede is happy to work closely with the CPS to ensure safety on Stampede Park and throughout our city.

Sponsors mean a lot to the Calgary Stampede Royal Trio

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At Calgary Stampede Headquarters wearing Montana Silversmith crowns, Smithbilt cowboy hats, Pajar Canada jackets, Alberta Boot Company and KORITE Jewelry and Aria makeup.

We are so fortunate that the Calgary Stampede Royalty Program has found the best of the best in our city to partner with. As we align our values with other community organizations, we embody the fundamental value of the Calgary Stampede – that We’re Greatest Together!

Our sponsors not only receive brand recognition during the 10 days of the Calgary Stampede, but also year-round as they support us on our journey as Stampede Royalty. The daily support of more than 30 different sponsors enables the Royal Trio to represent the Stampede and City of Calgary to the best of our abilities.

As the Royal Trio can be found literally anywhere – from Instagram to Berlin, we are always embodying and promoting the western values and community spirit that our sponsorship program is based on. In addition to our committee members, we have five sponsors which help facilitate the logistics and transportation of the Royal Trio and horses.

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At Clay Webster Performance Horses riding in Lammle’s boots, Wrangler jeans, and Eamor’s saddles sponsored by Associated Grocers and Davidson Enman Lumber Ltd.

My favourite part about representing our sponsors is giving a face and personality to their brand. To ensure we always look and feel our best when engaging with the community, we have more than 10 sponsors who are dedicated to our overall appearance, from our boots to our lipstick!

A major component that is unique to the Calgary Stampede Royalty is our top tier equestrian program. In addition to our four lovely horses, we have sponsors who provide us with saddles and world class riding lessons. Not only does this allow the Royal Trio to grow individually as horsewomen, but to also connect to our cowgirl roots and the heart of the Calgary Stampede.

While not every sponsor necessarily has lived “in the saddle,” there are many organizations that have partnered with the Royalty Program financially to help us promote western heritage and our community spirit. We are grateful for their contribution as this type of support is key in facilitating our program and spreading the magic of the Calgary Stampede.

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At Alberta Boot Company wearing our special Canadian leathers by Janine’s Custom Creations and custom Alberta Boots with makeup by Aria Studios.

If you follow us on any form of social media, you’ve likely seen the Royal Trio representing everything from cars to jewellery brands. We are so grateful that the community is as invested in the Royalty Program as we are! It is an honour to represent each and every one of our sponsors during our reign. We are incredibly grateful for the support, and to all of our sponsors I’d like to say a big THANK YOU!

For a complete list of the Calgary Stampede Royal Trio’s sponsors, please visit http://www.csroyalty.com/sponsors.html.

 

Introducing the jaw-dropping flavours hitting the Midway at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

From sweet to heat, the jaw-dropping flavours hitting the Midway at the Calgary Stampede this year are sure to tickle your taste buds. With new treats like Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls, Deep-fried Jell-O and delicious twists on classics like Funnel Cake Poutine, you’ll want to loosen your belt buckles and head on down to Stampede Park for all 10-days!

“We have 40 new innovative foods this year that push the envelope of traditional midway food,” says James Radke, Calgary Stampede midway operations manager.

All of our new dishes have been created exclusively for the Calgary Stampede and this might be your only chance to test your tongue on extreme foods, taste the trends and even chomp on Canadian-inspired eats. And remember, you can always please your palate on good ‘ol traditional Stampede classics!

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Crispy Chicken Feet on a Stick

We dare you…

World’s Hottest Pizza

This pizza is HOT. Infused with ghost peppers, this pizza will have you running for a glass of water. Think you can handle the heat?

WorldsHottestPizzaOne Metre Long Sausage

At a metre long, this sausage is one of a kind- topped with sautéed bell peppers, onions and a house sauce. This delicious value goes a long way!

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Deep Fried Jell-O

Just when you thought it couldn’t be deep fried…we did it! Each ball is stuffed with Jell-O then deep fried, and sprinkled with a sweet powdered sugar!

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Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls

Did you drool over the Big Pickle Dog last year and imagine what bacon would taste like wrapped around it? Well eat your hearts out for our new twist of the Big Pickle Dog…introducing the Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls.  Wrapped sizzling juicy bacon around the hot dog and pickle, cut them in half, battered and then deep fried…each served on a stick.

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Funnel Cake Poutine

A Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake with a Canadian twist, you can’t go wrong with cheese and gravy. Bringing the combination of sweet and savory to a whole new level!

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The Cookie Dough-ne

Raw cookie dough in a waffle cone so that you can walk around eating as you go – complete with a made to order Stampede Halo made of Cotton candy, with sprinkles of course!

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Pie Shake

This is our best version of fusion cooking! Homemade Pie (or cake) in several flavours and hand scooped milkshakes, covered in whipped cream and topped with more delicious Pie!

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Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies

We’re landing in Thailand this year to enjoy the fresh summer flavours of Chili and Lime with the new Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies. These mini perogies are topped with crispy panko crusted shrimp drizzled with sweet chili glaze and a spicy siracha mayo! All finished with crisp cucumbers and a mist of lime juice topped on a fluffy perogy.

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Cereal Monster Sandwiches

This ice cream sandwich was made to be legendary! With a monster portion of ice cream, crushed between two cereal infused marshmallow squares, the size is second to the taste!

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Mini Donut-Chata

This is a Mexican Horchata taken to the next level with ice cold cinnamon Dulce rice milk, rimmed with toffee bits and then topped with whipped cream. Then we sprinkle more toffee bits, cinnamon toast crunch cereal and caramel drizzle.

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Angry Chicken Sandwich

Breaded chicken breast, dressed with chipotle aioli and sweet & sour sauce, layered with crunchy coleslaw in a warm, soft brioche bun. This is a creation any foodie will love!

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Rolled Ice Cream

The latest trend in frozen treats is coming to the 2017 Calgary Stampede! Thai Rolled Ice Cream is just what it sounds like: little delicious rolls of ice cream, packed into a cup, then topped with all the needed extras (whipped cream, graham crackers, strawberries, brownies and so much more). This Rolled Ice Cream treat can only be found in the International Pavilion!

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Mr. Crab

A tempura nori taco shell loaded with sushi rice, California crab meat and topped with a tempura fried soft shell crab, drizzled with a special unagi and mango sauce.

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Maple Bacon Artisan Donuts

We take our fresh warm Mini Donuts and top them with cinnamon and icing sugar, a delicious maple glaze and real chopped bacon! A perfect way to celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday! OH CANADA!

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Unicorn White Hot Chocolate

Decadent creamy steamed white hot chocolate – surrounded in rainbow sour poppers, sprinkles, sugary stars, a ribbon rainbow tail and blanketed with a fluffy cotton candy cloud. This unicorn drink will leave you feeling magical!

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Butter Chicken Bear Balls

These golden deep fried balls are smothered in a delicious butter chicken sauce, sprinkled with fresh cilantro and topped with a candy coated anise.

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Rabbit Pizza

Our traditional thin crust flatbread pizza gets a new twist this year. Locally sourced, and sustainably grown, the slow roasted pulled rabbit is drizzled with organic dark honey over a layer of mouthwatering toppings.

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Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Dog

Making it easy to get cheesy! We’re taking our award winning bacon wrapped foot-long hot dog and topping it with our homemade Bacon Mac N’ Cheese.

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Maple Walnut Cotton Candy

Commemorating our countries 150 birthday, Maple Walnut Cotton Candy is truly unique. Made from real maple syrup and infused with chopped walnuts!

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Hickory Smoked Cordon Bleu Stuffed Burger

Hickory smoked lean fresh ground beef patties perfectly stuffed with Swiss cheese and honey cured ham. This is the perfect blend, the smokiness of the beef, the stringiness of the cheese and the sweetness of the ham, all packed in an Angus beef patty served on a glazed fresh brioche bun.

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Pineapple Express Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese went on a vacation and came back with this righteous combo! Traditional mac & cheese topped with diced ham, pineapple and a teriyaki reduction. ALOHA!

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Papri Cone

A waffle cone lined with house seasoning, filled with homemade corn chips, potatoes, chickpeas, onions and doused in yogurt and tamarind sauce.

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Rain Drop Cake

Come sing in the rain with us! After you have our Rain Drop Cake, you’ll be singing for sure! This jiggly dessert is known for its unique appearance, texture and sensation that is savoured in your mouth before it collapses into a crisp and cool drink of water. It is served with roasted soybean flour and black sugar syrup.

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Who let the dogs out? – Poutine

Crispy golden fries smothered with authentic cheese curds and gravy, topped with grilled sliced wieners and cattleman’s sauce.

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Unicorn Cookie Dough

Childhood dreams come true at the Calgary Stampede! No longer will you need to beg for some cookie dough, you will get to eat the entire bowl…with your own wooden spoon! Try all three flavors: Unicorn, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter.

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The Texas Waffle

Southern fried chicken on a Texas-shaped waffle. Aged cheese and chopped jalapenos are freshly baked inside the waffle and to top it all off, thick sweet maple syrup is drizzled on top!

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Chili Chill-Chill

This new drink is bringing on the heat with the new feature lemonade: Chili Chill-Chill. Made with classic freshly squeezed lemonade that is infused with three different chili peppers and a hint of lime! The Chili Chill-Chill will heat you up and chill you down at the same time.

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The Ruben Dog

Corn beef wrapped in Swiss cheese dipped in batter and fried to perfection…served with an aioli horseradish.

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Clam Chowder Poutine

Try this incredible poutine! Creamy clammy goodness on top of crisp and piping hot cheesy French fries, garnished with crispy crab meat and parsley.

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Dill Pickle Pizza

Dill infused pizza mixed with traditional crust and cheesy goodness! Topped with a juicy dill pickle!

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Deep Fried Pork Belly

Thick slabs of pork belly, marinated for 24 hrs to perfection then deep fried, creating a crispy crunchy skin and juicy tender moist inside. Move over bacon there’s a new pork king at the Stampede!

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The Troll Cotton Candy Ice Poppy

A cotton candy ice pop – all trolled up with a classic swirl of pink cotton candy, made to order!

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The Tropical Bobster

The best lobster poutine there is! Juicy lobster, garnished with mango salsa and fresh coriander served on traditional crispy warm fries!

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Cheese Curds

Cheese…is…BACK! It’s official, we are proud to announce the return of the famous deep-fried cheese for this year’s Stampede. With mouthwatering options from fried mozzarella sticks and hot and spicy jalapeño cheese to cheddar bites and of course Canadian cheese curds, our menu will have you saying ‘more cheese please!

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Waffle Taco

It’s everyone’s favorite summer treat ice cream in a waffle cone, but with a new fun twist – not only is the ice cream rolled and mixed with your favorite toppings, it also comes in  a waffle cone shaped as a taco and dipped in chocolate.

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Mexican Corn – The Flamming Cheto

Traditional corn, with a Mexican twist!

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Amsterdam Fries

Triple cooked fresh thick steak with grown frying potatoes specially cut topped with a range of chef created mayo based sauces.

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Tater Bombs

Deep fried mashed potatoes…do we need to say more?

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Corn Dog Fried Shrimp

Two giant skewered shrimp golden fried in our famous corndog king batter. The only question is mustard or cocktail sauce?

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You don’t have to cram your whole foodie experience into one day! With the Stampede SuperPass you can have unlimited access to Stampede Park July 6 – 16 for just $39 plus tax. The SuperPass is available online starting May 22 at CalgaryStampede.com/superpass.

Only available for a limited time until June 12, get yours before they’re gone!

Stay tuned for more food blogs and our annual Food Map coming soon!

The Calgary Stampede rolls out the welcome mat for Rendez-vous Canada!

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The Calgary Stampede Showriders welcome delegates to RVC 2017!

They came from all four corners of the globe with one goal in mind, to take the tourism industry to the next level, networking at Canada’s largest premier tourism show, Rendez-vous Canada (RVC).  This week the Calgary Stampede was pleased to host the world-renowned event at BMO Centre on Stampede Park, presented by Tourism Calgary, Travel Alberta and Destination Canada. The event, celebrating 41 years, hosts some 1,500 international attendees in a different Canadian city annually.

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The Calgary Stampede’s booth at RVC 2017.

“RVC Canada is the most important tourism show the Calgary Stampede attends. It provides us with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry leaders, tour operators and tourism partners,” says Lindsay Jardine, manager, tourism sales.

Not only does the show serve as a great networking opportunity, but it showcases the endless opportunities and economic support the Calgary Stampede brings to both the city of Calgary and the province of Alberta.

“RVC is a great platform to present the opportunities we can offer to markets around the globe and that business has a direct impact on Alberta’s economy,” says Jardine.

On average the Calgary Stampede welcomes close to two million guests annually for the Stampede festival and for meetings and conventions throughout the year. This brings in approximately $345 million annually to the province of Alberta.

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Attendees get a taste of Stampede at a private rodeo at the Western Agrium Events Centre on Stampede Park on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Networking aside, the Calgary Stampede also provided delegates with a taste of the excitement Stampede offers, with a western-themed breakfast and a private rodeo just for attendees.

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Attendees take in the rodeo with their white cowboy hats and western wear!

“It was a great day for all, we thank those who attended and we look forward to working with you in the future,” says Jardine.

 

Beyond beef; Winter’s Turkeys a flavourful favourite in the Calgary Stampede kitchens

Dedicated to using local products whenever possible, the Calgary Stampede Culinary team is passionate about building strong relationships with producers through its Grown Right. Here. program.

“Working with locally raised products is a chef’s dream,” says Calgary Stampede executive chef Derek Dale. “We’re able to live that dream nearly every day.”

The innovative Grown Right. Here. program was created back in 2008 with a focus on showcasing products grown or raised in Alberta. While many visitors come to come to Calgary expecting to see beef on the menu, there are many more equally flavourful options.

“The Stampede is world renowned for the Alberta beef we serve to our guests,” says Dale. “But we also have very strong relationships with other producers, including our local poultry producer Winter’s Turkeys.”

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Farming family at Winters Turkeys

Located 30 kilometres east of Calgary in Dalemead, Alberta, the Winter’s farm has been raising turkey for four generations. Since 1977 husband and wife team, Darrel Winter and Corrine Dahm have been at the helm, raising free range, certified organic and heirloom turkeys. As a major supplier for the Calgary Stampede kitchens, they provide approximately 8,000 pounds (3,600 kgs) of turkey per year.

“It’s a relationship with many benefits,” says Dale. “We can ensure we are working together to reduce our carbon footprint and practice sustainability, while also being able to serve Stampede guests the best tasting free range and organically grown turkey in Alberta.”

And when it comes down to the cooking, Dale believes the hard work and care the Winter’s farm and other local suppliers put into their products makes it easy for his team. “The quality of the products is so superior, salt and pepper is all you really need to add!”

Derek Dale, Calgary Stampede

Derek Dale, Calgary Stampede

For more information on Winter’s Turkeys visit:

Wintersturkeys.ca
Facebook – Winter’s Turkeys
Twitter- @wintersturkeys
Instagram – wintersturkeys

*This article appears in the Calgary Stampede International Agriculture and Agri-food committee’s Profile magazine. Now available in print, you can also enjoy it online on the IAC web page. You’re also invited to follow the IAC on Facebook or Twitter.

Make the Stampede part of your story – leave a legacy gift and support youth development

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The Young Canadians show their zest for life!

“You don’t know this yet, but you are about to win your second world championship and will go on to win your third next summer! Remember how you feel right now. The passion, the strength, the determination, they will follow you forever,” wrote Katie a Calgary Stampede Showband member in a reflection letter to herself.

For Katie and many others, being a part of the Calgary Stampede’s performing arts programs is about more than performance excellence, it’s about building confidence. Since joining the Stampede Showband, Katie’s confidence has soared and she’s become part of a community of champions.

The Calgary Stampede Showband are five-time world champions and challenge young Calgarians to think about what it means to be a citizen, an active member of their community, while learning about western heritage.

May is Leave a Legacy month and the perfect time to finalize your legacy and become part of the Stampede’s story. A planned gift to the Calgary Stampede Foundation will help build the next generation of community builders, change-makers and trailblazers.

“When you support the Calgary Stampede Foundation, you are supporting programs that motivate and engage youth, empowering them to do amazing things. These programs are an important part of the fabric of our city and create a generation of young people with the skills, confidence and drive to make the future brighter,” says Sandra Lunder, manager, philanthropy & community investment.

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The Calgary Stampede and Calgary Stampede Foundation are extremely proud to create opportunities that support our talented youth, allowing them to grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

By becoming part of the Stampede’s story your generosity will enhance our performing arts, agriculture programs and unique educational experiences, such as: the Calgary Stampede Showband, The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, 4-H programs, Stampede School and the OH Ranch Education Program.

Past president of the Calgary Stampede and generous donor, Bob Thompson sheds some light on why he chose to support the Stampede, “For me the choice was an easy one. My family has a long history with the organization and I understand and believe in the great contributions the Stampede makes to the community and to youth achievement. The difference these programs make is nothing short of amazing.”

Without donor contributions, we wouldn’t be able to offer youth the opportunity to realize their potential, hone their talents and build valuable leadership capabilities.

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The Calgary Stampede Showband has 140 members and travels all over the world!

“We appreciate every donor and contribution to help the Stampede continue its important work of shaping the future of our city,” shares Lunder.

What is planned giving?

A planned gift is a donation you make during your lifetime, but which the Calgary Stampede will not receive until sometime in the future. There are several types of planned gifts, such as: bequests in your will. We can work with you to tailor-make a gift that helps you fulfill the lasting legacy you want to leave.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of the youth in our communities.To discuss opportunities to make the Calgary Stampede part of your legacy, please contact:

Sandra Lunder, manager, philanthropy & community investment 403.261.9345 or slunder@calgarystampede.com.

Calgary Stampede debuts new Art Walk brochure at Jane’s Walk 2017

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Imagine the excitement of watching your first Calgary Stampede Parade or the anticipation of participating in a round up and leading a herd of horses across the Bow River. The Calgary Stampede’s public art pieces allow you to imagine these experiences and more.

The Stampede has 19 pieces of public art located throughout Stampede Park, and two other pieces located in downtown Calgary.

This year, the Calgary Stampede Public Art committee has created a new Art Walk brochure to include recent art installations and to provide a better guest experience.

Also featured is the newest art installation, Rainbow Trout, an impressionistic piece by Calgary artist Jeff De Boer located in Enmax Park near MacDonald Bridge. De Boer’s inspiration for the piece was his fond memories of spending beautiful summer days fly fishing along the Elbow River. The sculpture is symbolic of diversity and serves as a gateway between the Calgary Stampede and the Ramsay community.

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Rainbow Trout installation on Stampede Park.

The new brochure will debut at this year’s Jane’s Walk at Stampede Park, happening Sunday, May 7, 2017.  Jane’s Walk is a global festival that encourages people to get out and explore their communities in a new way.

Come out and meet our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Stampede volunteers from the Historical and Public Art committees at 1p.m. on May 7 in front of the Cowboys Casino. Participants will receive a copy of the brochure and a guided tour of the public art pieces on Stampede Park. Refreshments will be provided and the Calgary Stampede Trolley will be on hand to help transport participants along the route.

To do your own self-guided tour of the public art on Stampede Park, pick up a copy of the brochure at the Stampede Headquarters Building and at tourist information centre’s throughout the city. The brochure will also be available at a later date on our website: http://art.calgarystampede.com/art-walk.

2017 Jane’s Walk at Stampede Park

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Cowboy’s Casino – 421 12 Ave. SE.

We hope you join us for an afternoon filled with beautiful pieces of art!

Calgary Stampede Talent Search live auditions return to Boyce Theatre

For over 35 years, the Calgary Stampede Talent Search has been finding and nurturing young amateur performing artists, seeking the brightest talent from across Canada. This weekend, May 5 – 7, 2017, auditions once again begin in search of young entertainers seeking the limelight, at the Boyce Theatre located on Stampede Park.

Taking the stage at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Talent Search

Taking the stage at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Talent Search

Billed as a unique experience helping talented Canadian youth expand their artistic passions, young performers 6-21 years of age are invited down to Stampede Park to give it their all, taking the stage to impress audiences and judges alike. Performers 6 – 12 years of age will compete for a spot in the Stampede Week competition and development opportunities. Performers 13 – 21 years of age will compete for a spot in the Stampede Week competition, the chance to win the Grand Prize of $10,000 cash, a one-of-a-kind belt buckle, and a customized performer development package. Continue reading

The biggest advancement in the agriculture/agri-food industry? Industry leaders share their thoughts

This year marks Canada’s 150 birthday! To celebrate this occasion the International Agriculture and Agri-food Committee of the Calgary Stampede (IAC) has created the IAC Canada 150 Reflections Project. We have asked industry leaders who offer a wealth of experience and insights across a broad range of industries to share their thoughts and perspectives on what has been the biggest advancement in the agriculture/agri-food industry.

From the Alberta Wheat Commission to local producers, here are some of those reflections.

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Andrew Campbell, Dairy and Grain Farmer, @freshairfarmer

If there was one word to describe the biggest advancements in agriculture it would be precision. Precision to have a planter, tractor and satellite drop a seed in the perfect spot. Precision to identify feed nutrients to get just the right diet for livestock. Precision to be able to monitor air quality in a barn, or crop quality in a field, right from a smartphone. Precision is and will continue to be the biggest advancement to agriculture as we grow more food with less resources.

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Andrew Campbell, Dairy and Grain Farmer

Danielle Lee, Farmer, Chair Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum, @deleeag

For myself, I’d have to say one of the biggest factors allowing agriculture to advance has been our access to information and how we communicate. With smartphones, there is a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. With texting, tweeting and video chatting we can easily communicate with others down the road or across the country. One of the biggest positives is how we in the agriculture industry can communicate with consumers to answer questions about farming and show what we do on our farms.

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Danielle Lee, Farmer, Chair Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum

Lesley Kelly, High Heels and Canola Fields and Grain Farmer @lesleyraekelly

As a mom and fourth generation farmer, the biggest advancement in agriculture is connecting with consumers. Farmers are seen as one of the most trusted sources and I’m grateful to be able to share my story to lots of people within my community and online. Consumers are curious about where their food comes from and I’m proud to say it’s from families like mine.

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Lesley Kelly, High Heels and Canola Fields and Grain Farmer

Jennifer Christie, Event Chair, Global 4-H Network Summit, @SavvyFarmGirl

In my short career, I have seen the Internet and “big data” lead to the greatest advancements in the agriculture industry. The ability to analyze massive amounts of information in seconds and transmit real-time management information has mainstreamed robotic technology on dairy farms and allowed for more precise nutrient applications in field. This has resulted in healthier animals, less environmental impact and higher quality products being sold to consumers.

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Jennifer Christie, Event Chair, Global 4-H Network Summit

Jay Schultz, Grain Farmer, Regional Representative Alberta Wheat Commission, @WheatlanderJay

In my opinion one the greatest advancements in the agriculture/agri-food industry has been the smartphone. This little everyday device has given a farmer the world’s information at their fingertips while in the field. Agriculture is about putting science and theory into motion; the smart phone takes this to the next level. It’s a platform in which so many other tasks are made simple whether it’s communication like e-mails or Twitter to local weather apps or cloud-based farm management software to operating drones.

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Jay Schultz, Grain Farmer, Regional Representative Alberta Wheat Commission

 

 

 

 

 

TransAlta Grandstand Show promises to deliver a uniquely Canadian experience

There’s only one way to tell Canada’s story: big! As Canadians celebrate the nation’s milestone 150 birthday, the annual TransAlta Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede joins the party this week, announcing the creative spectacular Together. Together is an exhilarating spectacle that promises grand imagery and breathtaking performances only available at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

One of the many talents performing front and center at the TransAlta Grandstand Show

Produced by Dave Pierce, Emmy Award winner for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Together is a force of creativity with outstanding voices and talent coming together from coast-to-coast-to-coast to bring audiences an unforgettable experience.

“The Olympic ceremonies set a benchmark for showcasing Canada. Together will be the biggest, most visually spectacular show yet, an extravaganza not to be missed — made right here at home just for the Calgary Stampede,”says Pierce.

Hosted by Canadian icon, Jann Arden and backed by an all Canadian creative team, the TransAlta Grandstand Show also features the talents of the Alberta Ballet, The Young Canadians, Calgary’s adult choir Revv52, Inuit throat singers, Cailyn DeGrandpre and Samantha Kigutaq, among many other inspiring performances by musicians, acrobats and dancers of all ages. Continue reading

7 Things to Know About the Stampede Showband’s 2017 Production: Mosaic

In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday, the Calgary Stampede Showband is thrilled to announce its 2017 production, Mosaic. Local audiences will have the opportunity to see Mosaic at Music ‘n Motion on Sunday, May 14, 2017 and at Showbands Live! on Sunday, July 9, 2017 and Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The Stampede Showband will also perform the music from the production every evening on the Saddledome Steps during the 2017 Stampede, happening July 6–16, 2017.

Here are 7 fun facts about the show:

1. Mosaic is a special collaboration with the Stampede’s Indian Events Committee. It has been designed in collaboration with local historians and Indigenous leaders and features local Indigenous youth drummers, singers, and dancers who will wear their own regalia during performances.

2. Acclaimed local poet and star of Making Treaty 7, Alanna Blackrider Onespot, is leading the collaboration and storytelling as the showband’s Indigenous artistic director.

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Stephanie Big Plume, Shenoa Snow, Alanna Blackrider Onespot, Anthony Crowshoe and Dakota Martial attended their first Showband rehearsal earlier this winter.

3. The production is all about the past, present, and future of Canada and its people, exploring themes of purity, conflict, reconciliation, diversity and inclusion.

4. Music will include A Movement for Rosa by Mark Camphouse, Time, Forward! by Georgy Sviridov, Godspeed! By Stephen Melillo, and Hymn to the Sun with the Beat of Mother Earth by Satoshi Yagisawa.

The Showband uses music and movement to tell a story. This year, the Showband will be joined by Indigenous dancers, drummers, and singers.

The showband uses music and movement to tell a story on the field.

5. The Stampede Showband’s design team includes some of the world’s top marching arts professionals, including: front ensemble; Ian Hale, percussion; Colin McNutt, program design; Keith Potter, drill design; Jamey Thompson, colour guard design; Jennifer Leseth  and musical arranger; Michael Klesch. This talented group have worked with elite ensembles including: the Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, The Cadets, Phantom Regiment, the Madison Scouts and Boston Crusaders (if you don’t know who these groups are, it’s worth looking them up on YouTube).

6. This summer, the Stampede Showband will travel to the Netherlands to compete in the World Music Contest (WMC), where they’ll share Canada’s story on the world stage performing Mosaic for over 20,000 people in Kerkrade.

7. Approximately 800 hours of rehearsal time will go into preparing for the competition in Kerkrade!

Sowing Community Spirit: Benevity, Seedlings and the Stampede!

April showers bring May flowers, right? Then April snow should make seedlings grow! That was the motto on Monday, April 24 when a group of 30 smiling and cheerful neighbours from Benevity came to Stampede Park to grow some great community spirit, despite the cold weather. Bringing 160 Colorado blue spruce seedlings, these benevolent friends from Benevity came to donate some time and trees to the Stampede!

Say “Trees”: Parks & Facility Services share a smile with the Benevity crew and some of the new seedlings

Say “Trees”: Parks & Facility Services share a smile with the Benevity crew and some of the new seedlings

Led by the Stampede’s green-thumbed Parks & Facility Services team, the group divided into planting crews and with tremendous care and affection, planted the seedlings in their new homes. The seedlings were welcomed onto Park and made to feel right at home in the planters located by the Park & Facility Services building.

In their new nursery, the seedlings will be tended to with love and attention by Sandy Mcafee, park maintenance supervisor, and her team for the next two to three years. These initial years are very significant in the life of a new tree and it is important to keep our new seedlings in a safe and happy place before sending them off into the big, open world.

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Sandy Mcafee from Parks & Facility and April from Benevity make a new home for a seedling

Once the seedlings have grown strong enough, the new trees will be transplanted to other locations across Park. In doing so the trees will also be used in landscaping projects as the Stampede expands buildings and greenspaces.

Four part-time horticulturalists from Benevity share a smile with a baby Colorado blue spruce

Four part-time horticulturalists from Benevity share a smile with a baby Colorado blue spruce

A tremendous thank you to the kind folks from Benevity who share our desire to further environmental initiatives and preservation in our city and beyond!

For more information about what the Calgary Stampede is doing to ensure a positive environmental impact, please visit our website http://corporate.calgarystampede.com/about/environment.html.

In celebration of Canadian ranchers on Earth Day

By: Rosie Templeton

There’s an important segment of the Calgary Stampede’s UFA Cattle Trail and the journey of Canadian beef production that comes before the auction market, the feedlot and the grocery store. It’s the Canadian ranch. More specifically, how the Canadian ranchers work to ensure a balanced ecosystem on their operations, considering water use, grasslands, wildlife and how to leave their ranch in good shape to pass on to the next generation.

In honour of the Canadian ranchers inadvertently celebrating Earth Day today and every day, I wanted to spotlight some of the incredible sustainability initiatives and lesser known facts about how our beef is raised.

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What is sustainable beef?

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef defines it as: a socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable product that prioritizes planet, people, animals and progress.

Sustainability holds an important meaning to ranchers. For many, it includes everything from passing their operation on to the next generation, to animal care, to the economic viability of their ranch.

How are Canadian ranchers Earth-friendly?

Cattle production and natural resource stewardship go hand in hand,” explains Fawn Jackson, manager, environmental affairs at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “Cattle ranching isn’t about using resources up; it’s about stewarding them so that they are able to last forever.”

For ranchers, this means employing practices like rotational grazing, or moving cattle from one field to the next to preserve the health of the grass and ensure it can be grazed for many years to come. Good grass management also leads to water filtration, carbon sequestration and wildlife habitat.

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What do cattle have to do with wildlife?

“When you choose to eat beef, you are supporting grassland wildlife!” says Jackson. “Within the agriculture landscape, the beef industry accounts for 68 per cent of wildlife habitat, while using only 33 per cent of total agriculture land.”

By preserving grassland, water sources and habitat for wildlife like ducks and moose, ranchers are caregivers to far more than just cattle.

How can I learn more about sustainable beef?

Come take a walk through the Cattle Trail! Every day during the Calgary Stampede, you can take the journey from pasture to plate in the UFA Cattle Trail, located in the Agrium Western Event Centre.

This year’s Cattle Trail will be separated into five sections which are the five pillars of sustainable beef developed by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB): Natural resources, people and the community, animal health and welfare, food, efficiency and innovation.

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You can also visit crsb.ca and GRSBeef.org for more great information on sustainability from pasture to plate.

Happy Earth Day, I think I’ll celebrate with a steak!

Stampede employees train for emergency flood preparedness

On June 21, 2013, southern Alberta was forever changed as the largest flood to date washed through, destroying much that stood in its path. The Calgary Stampede’s blue bridge was washed away, the Infield tunnel and Indian Village were submerged, and buildings across Stampede Park were flooded. Though the results were devastating, the Stampede witnessed that the spirit of the city couldn’t be washed away.

Immediately following the flood, the Stampede took numerous measures to protect and build resiliency for Stampede Park. From 2013 to 2014, the Stampede gathered all information possible on the flood, implemented new flood-resilient design features on Stampede Park, updated their Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and created a step-by-step outline document of how to handle flood situations. From the time the SOP was updated three years ago, Stampede employees have participated in live flood exercises annually.

“After exercises like this, we really feel more prepared,” said Calgary Stampede assets manager, park & facility services, Brian Hanley, referring to the emergency preparedness day Stampede employees took part in on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Almost 50 Park & Facility services employees, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, general labourers, administrative employees and team leads, participated in a practice live scenario for flood recovery on Stampede Park. “It took a lot of time, personnel and collaboration to bring the day together,” continued Hanley, “but the time spent preparing for the day, participating in the activities and regrouping afterwards was highly valuable.”

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Six prepared flood carts

Simultaneously, key members of the Stampede gathered for a tabletop exercise[1] of the same 1-100 level flood scenario. “This isn’t a one department or small group response.  An event of this scope and scale –which has the potential to cause significant negative impact to our operation-, requires an ‘all hand’s on-deck’ approach,” described Paul Burrows, security services manager, who oversees the Stampede’s Corporate Response & Resiliency Program (CRRP).

Stampede leaders from all departments across Stampede Park, from communications, people services, business services, sales & event management, security, parking, food & beverage, and more, discussed a play-by-play of what each department’s role would be during the 1-100 level flood scenario. These key crisis management employees discussed what to do as flood severity escalates. “Each business unit has a role. Whether it’s providing support for the initial response or assisting with the recovery and business continuity phase, everyone plays an important part,” added Burrows.

Burrows leading the tabletop exercise

Burrows leading the tabletop exercise

The same was true for the live exercise. “There are so many parts to practice, so every year we practise different tasks with different employees,” Hanley explained. “Our overarching goal is for everyone, no matter their job description, to be able to jump in and know exactly how to handle the situation.” This year, the Park & Facility Services employees practiced six of the approximately 25 measures outlined in the flood emergency preparedness procedure document.

One of the six tasks for 2017 was lowering the railings of the Stampede’s newest bridge, which replaced a bridge that was washed away in the 2013 flood. “This task was especially intriguing for our employees as this year was the first time we practised lowering the rails.” The new bridge was built specially with numerous flood resiliency features in mind. Lowering the rails will allow for water to flow smoothly over the bridge instead of being blocked and creating a dam situation. The employees also practiced removing the benches and planters along the bridge because in flood situations these items could cause damage or create blockages if the river carried them away.

Railings successfully lowered on the Stampede’s newest bridge

Railings successfully lowered on the Stampede’s newest bridge

Also in ENMAX Park and new for this year, the live exercise employees practised removing the panels from Sweetgrass Lodge. “They look like walls but are actually 4’x7’ panels,” described Hanley. Removing the panelled-walls of the stage area will allow for water to pass through smoothly and not create a blockage or dam.

The remaining of the exercises varied from staging flood carts, which are supplies transported to essential areas across Stampede Park, practising sandbagging doors to keep water out, activating sluice gates to keep water from coming up manholes, and fighting water with water. “We fill these large tubes with water and when they’re expanded they’re about three feet high and very durable. They can stop water in its path” said Hanley.

A washroom door sandbagged in ENMAX Park

A washroom door sandbagged in ENMAX Park

 

Stampede employees activating an E09 Sluice Gate

Stampede employees activating an E09 Sluice Gate

“After the live exercises are finished, we sit down and go over the day – and that’s when we really realize the small things that make the big differences,” Hanley continued. The same conclusion was found from Burrow’s tabletop exercise. “Even something as seemingly small as ‘gathering phone chargers’ is on our emergency preparedness list,” said Burrows. “And though people may chuckle at first, communication is essential in times of emergency so this small task is actually extremely essential.”

Feeling confident from the flood emergency preparedness day, Stampede employees are ready to take on the weather this year.

 

 

[1] Tabletop exercises have always been an annual tradition for the Stampede and cover a wide range of emergency situation topics. The flood tabletop is just one the larger series of emergency topics the CRRP covers.

 

Happy National Volunteer Week to our dedicated and passionate volunteers!

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At the centre of the Calgary Stampede you’ll find the heartbeat of our organization – our dedicated and passionate volunteers. And while they may come from different walks of life, backgrounds and professions, together they collectively share their love and commitment for creating a year-round gathering place for the community.

National Volunteer Week is April 23 – 29 and the theme this year is Canada 150. At the Stampede we celebrate the unique gifts of each of our volunteers and the ways they strengthen our surrounding communities.

“There are no words to express how valuable our volunteers are to Stampede. They make unique things happen every day that you can’t find anywhere else. They are the best!” says David Sibbald, president & chairman of the board.

Our volunteers donate more than their time; they also lend their talents in the areas of event management, leadership, relationship building, commitment to building our youth programs and welcoming new comers to our city.

Simply put, without the dedication and support of our 2,300 volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do. They share our vision and understand that we are about so much more than our 10-day festival.

Here are just a few of the reasons we love our volunteers:

  1. Passion – they are passionate about the committees they are a part of and the work they do.
  2. Commitment – it’s their middle name! They commit their time and hard work to all that the Stampede does, both during Stampede time and throughout the year. Many of them lead busy lives, but they still make time for us!
  3. Shared values and the belief that “We’re Greatest Together!” – Not only do they live the Stampede values of western hospitality, commitment to community and integrity of pride and place, but they believe in them whole-heartedly. They forge important relationships with community partners and work closely with employees to make sure our initiatives are supported.
  4. Talent – our volunteers are talented professionals and leaders in their communities. From lawyers to accountants, they are diverse individuals.
  5. They’ve got heart – they truly want to make our city a better place by engaging the community and being a good neighbour.

Happy National Volunteer Week to all of our wonderful volunteers. The Stampede appreciates each and every one of you for your generous contributions and support!