What’s Happening at Stampede Park May 31-June 6 2010.

By Killa Burkinshaw

Well the weather hasn’t been reminiscent of Stampede lately, but with just 38 days left until Stampede 2010, there’s a lot of exciting stuff coming up to get you in the Stampede spirit. Hopefully the weather will be much nicer by then. In the meantime, let’s find out What’s Happening at Stampede Park this week.

This week is all about music.

  • Nickelback- Grammy nominated and Billboard Magazine’s ‘Group of the Decade’ return to Calgary with their 2010 Dark Horse tour. Opening for Nickelback are special guests Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Sick Puppies. To find last minute tickets for the show tonight go here.
  • RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles- The award-winning Beatles concert, RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles, boasts a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatlemaniac favorites. RAIN covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album, through the psychedelic late ’60′s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. Thursday June 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the Saddledome. For more information go here.
  • Tickets for 2010 Stampede events are still available – it’s not too late to get great seats to some of the most exciting events the Calgary Stampede has to offer. Visit http://cs.calgarystampede.com/tickets/ to get the best seats in the house for the Rodeo, Evening Show, Chuckwagon Races and Concerts!

That’s all for this week. For updates and info on everything Stampede, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede and @HereAllYear, on Facebook through our official Facebook fan page, and stay tuned to the official Stampede Blog to learn more about some of the things happening Here. All Year.

Painting The Midway

This morning at 6am was the official start to 2010 Stampede midway set-up. We call it “painting the midway”

Every year at the beginning of June we pull out our two trusty line stripers, boxes of special striping paint, a giant wheel of string and our brand new, infamous measuring wheel (our old one got run over by the police – long story).

Somehow, we have to make everything that comes to the Calgary Stampede fit into the space we have on park. We take our scale midway map and measure everything out on the ground, every foot counts, so we have to be bang on.

Once we have measured strategic points with our measuring wheel, we put string on the ground to keep a line, point A to point B, nice and straight. Or as straight as you can in the cold and wind today!

This morning we were measuring out the Midway Circus FMX track, as well as where the portable washroom buildings go by Nashville North, and the perimeter space for the Bull’s Eye Cook Shack.

We will spend each morning this week painting the midway, as well as another week after the Oil show, finishing up the little details. All the white dotted lines and arrows you see all over the parking lot over the next few weeks, that’s what we’ve been up to!

Christine V using the Striper to paint the Midway Circus

Spotlight on: Saddledome Plaza Stage

The USA Breakdancers performing at the Saddledome Plaza Stage during Stampede 2009

The Saddledome Plaza Stage, located right beside the Pengrowth Saddledome, features acts and performances that appeal to all ages. With performances scheduled throughout the day, if it’s family entertainment you seek, it’s happening here.

At the Saddledome Plaza Stage, there’s always something different going on from Park opening to close, and one could easily spend an entire day here taking in all of the performances on stage. This is a great place to visit in-between destinations in your Stampede program, or it makes a for a great Stampede destination all on its own.

Best of all? Access to all of the entertainment performing on stage is free with your gate admission.

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Spotlight on: Nashville North

Aaron Lines

While the Coca-Cola Stage offers some of the best mainstream music acts in its concert series lineup, if you’re looking for something a little more country to suit your Stampede experience, then look no further than Nashville North.

Sponsored by Budweiser, Nashville North is a venue unlike any other on Stampede Park. Located in its own separate tent north of the Grandstand Building, this is the place where you can enjoy country music acts playing all day long on stage while enjoying your favourite beverage.

The best part about Nashville North? Entrance is free with paid gate admission to Stampede Park.

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What’s Happening on Stampede Park May 24-30 2010

By Killa Burkinshaw

How was everyone’s Long Weekend? I hope it was a good one and that your already for this next week.  Beer, Auditions and 4H all lead this week’s activities.

  • Axia NetMedia Corporation- BMO Centre Wednesday May 26
  • Calgary International BeerFest- Come sample beers and food from around the world, learn from the experts about their beers and more. Big 4 Building, Friday May 28 4-10 p.m and Saturday May 29 3-10 p.m. For more information go to the Website.
  • Do you know a future Young Canadian of the Calgary Stampede or Stampede Showband member? Then this weekend is the weekend to have them (or you audition) These two incredibility talented groups are looking for new members to join them. For more information on auditions go to their audition info pages Young Canadians and Stampede Showband.
  • 4H on Parade- Canada’s largest gathering of 4-H clubs and members. 4-H on Parade offers the Calgary Region 4-H youth the opportunity to show and compete with their projects. Whether it is being tasked to raise the Charity Steer or Lamb or designing rockets, there is something on display for every type of enthusiast. Friday May 29-Sunday May 31 2010 in the Ag Barn, Big Top, Corral and Pavilion.
  • Tickets for 2010 Stampede events are still available – it’s not too late to get great seats to some of the most exciting events the Calgary Stampede has to offer. Visit http://cs.calgarystampede.com/tickets/ to get the best seats in the house for the Rodeo, Evening Show, Chuckwagon Races and Concerts!

That’s all for this week. For updates and info on everything Stampede, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede and @HereAllYear, on Facebook through our official Facebook fan page, and stay tuned to the official Stampede Blog to learn more about some of the things happening Here. All Year.



Spotlight on: Coca-Cola Stage

The Coca-Cola Stage

What is the Coca-Cola Stage? It’s an outdoor stage at the Calgary Stampede that brings you today’s hottest music and family entertainment, and access to it is free with admission.

Green space surrounds the venue, making it a great place to sit and relax, to enjoy a picnic lunch that you’ve brought from home while enjoying the stage entertainment, or to enjoy that bag of sausage rolls that you picked up from Weadickville moments before.

Now, you’ve probably heard by now about some of the big-name music acts coming to perform on the Coca-Cola Stage in the evenings at this year’s Stampede, and I won’t get into too much detail about it here as it’s covered in many other places as well.

However, in the event that you haven’t yet heard, I’ll let the following video speak on it for you:

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Spotlight on: Ag-tivity in the City

This week, Stampede Spotlight showcased Western Oasis and Buckaroos as two potential spaces where you could take your family. Access to these spaces are free with your gate admission.

One other space that may be of interest to those with families (and even to those who have none) is the Ag-tivity in the City exhibit.

Sponsored by Agrium, Ag-tivity in the City is a massive area comprising of the Agrium Discovery Centre inside the main Ag-tivity in the city tent, as well as the various agriculture-related exhibits and stations surrounding it.

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Your Coca-Cola Stage lineup for Stampede 2010!

Mystery Band #2: Default

Last night was the first-ever Coca-Cola Covert Concert where the 2010 lineup for the Coca-Cola Stage was announced.

Held at Flames Central, two mystery bands that would appear in this year’s lineup were scheduled to perform, while various prizes were given away to fans in attendance via Twitter and through random drawings on stage. Prizes included things such as gift certificates to Lammles Western Wear & Tack, guitars signed by the bands performing that night, and tickets to the upcoming Kid Rock concert at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Friday, July 16.

The two bands that ended up performing were Doc Walker and Default, much to the delight of many of the people in attendance.

So, without further ado, here is your 2010 Coca-Cola Stage lineup:

For more information on all of the acts that will be hitting the Coca-Cola Stage at this year’s Calgary Stampede, check out our website.

Spotlight on: Buckaroos

Last time, I recommended the Western Oasis as a good spot to take a break, even if you’ve got little kids to take care of for the day and just want a break for yourself. It’s one of the many spaces on Stampede Park that access to is free with admission.

But what if you’re a little kid? Where do you go?

Buckaroos, located in the main level of the Big Four Building, is just the place for you (and for parents as well, as long as the kids are playing, I guess) and is another space on Park that access to is free with admission.

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Last chance for tickets to the Coca-Cola Covert Concert!

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The Coca-Cola Covert Concert is where this year’s Coca-Cola Stage lineup will be announced, along with performances from two mystery bands. This exclusive concert will be held at Flames Central on Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m. These tickets cannot be bought anywhere; they must be won, and tickets have been given away through various means during the last couple of weeks.

So, did you miss out on the 250 that were given away through the Stampede Insider newsletter?

Did you miss out on the tickets that were given away through the various scavenger hunts run in various parts of the city on the official Calgary Stampede Twitter account?

Did you miss out in entering the sweepstakes that was run on the official Stampede Facebook account?

If so, there’s one last chance to score a pair of tickets to this concert, and this time, it’s very easy to win.

Simply find the post on the official Stampede Facebook fan page asking you to leave a comment, even something as simple as “Yahoo!” and then go down to the Calgary Stampede Ticket Office located in front of the Grandstand Building at Stampede Park during business hours on Wednesday, May 19 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and claim your ticket! Maximum two tickets per person while supplies last.

There’s about 400 tickets left to be given away through this method, so what are you waiting for? Go leave a comment on our fan page, then come down as soon as you can and pick up the hottest ticket in town!

And while you’re at it, make sure you’ve joined our Stampede Insider newsletter and that you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and right here on the Stampede Blog so that you’ll always be kept up-to-date on any exclusive announcements, contests, and other opportunities in the future.

Spotlight on: Western Oasis

Western Oasis

Making a return this year is the Western Oasis, one of the best places on Stampede Park to get away from the elements and the hustle and bustle of the midway.

Long-time Stampeders may remember the Western Showcase in previous years; the Western Oasis combines everything that the old Western Showcase had and adds lush vegetation, water features, a wine garden, and low-key lighting to create a very calm and relaxing atmosphere. Add in plenty of free space, places to sit, and live performances throughout the venue, and the Western Oasis truly becomes worthy of its namesake.

Located in Halls D and E of the BMO Centre, the Western Oasis features Canada’s finest display of western art and culture.

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What’s Happening on Stampede Park May 17-23 2010

What’s happening on Stampede Park May 17 – 23, 2010

By Sarah Wilson

  • On Wednesday, May 19, join the Women in Leadership Foundation for the Inaugural Calgary Women in Business luncheon, and they will reveal the coveted secrets of being highly productive and happy. Speakers include Laurie Stretch, Margot M. Micallef, Paula Ierullo and Susan MacKenzie. Tickets are available online here. To learn more about the event, you can click here to visit their website.
  • On Thursday, May 20, Flames Central welcomes The Coca-Cola Covert Concert will be the official and exclusive launch of the 2010 Coca-Cola stage line up. Get connected and win tickets to the event by following the Calgary Stampede on Twitter and watch for opportunities to win tickets, or join our Facebook group and enter to win tickets under the Sweepstakes tab.
  • Tickets for 2010 Stampede events are still available – it’s not too late to get great seats to some of the most exciting events the Calgary Stampede has to offer. Visit http://cs.calgarystampede.com/tickets/ to get the best seats in the house for the Rodeo, Evening Show, Chuckwagon Races and Concerts!

That’s all for this week. For updates and info on everything Stampede, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede and @HereAllYear, on Facebook through our official Facebook fan page, and stay tuned to the official Stampede Blog to learn more about some of the things happening Here. All Year.

Spotlight on: Indian Village

One of the most popular attractions during the Calgary Stampede, the Indian Village combines an insight into the colourful heritage of the Plains Indians and a chance to relax in a beautiful park setting.

The Indian Village has been a major part of the Stampede since its inception in 1912.

The First Nations People at Indian Village represent the five tribes, the Siksika, Tsuu T’ina, Nakoda (Stoney), Piikani (Peigan), and Kainai (Blood) of Treaty 7.

Native Interpreters are available to guide visitors through the Indian Village to explain the traditional demonstrations including native dance, games, meat cutting skills and much more.

Located at the south end of Stampede Park, tipis are open for inspection daily, affording guests the opportunity to observe the Indian lifestyles of many years ago, and various events and activities are scheduled throughout the 10 days of the festival ensuring that there’s always something to see and do.

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Spotlight on: Weadickville

Guy Weadick

Guy Weadick is the founder of the Calgary Stampede.

In 1912, he gained the financial backing of A.E. Cross, Patrick Burns, George Lane, and Archibald K. McLean (also known as the “Big Four”), and staged the very first Calgary Stampede.

In honour of what he accomplished, there’s an entire area on Stampede Park dedicated to him: Weadickville.

Located west of the Coca-Cola Stage and north of the Big Four Building, Weadickville is a re-created typical Calgary street circa 1912. It’s a cool and comfortable spot to relax and find some of the best values on Park. There’s picnic areas where you can sit and enjoy your lunch (whether brought from home or purchased elsewhere), it’s close enough to the Coca-Cola Stage to hear whatever performance happens to be on, and there’s usually some form of live entertainment in the area at any given time.

What’s my favourite part about Weadickville? The cheap food.

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Spotlight on: New Midway Foods

One of the highlights for me each year is seeing what new and interesting food choices are available on the Midway.

Last year, I did a brief food feature for the Blog entitled Reggie’ll Try It! where I attempted to put my life on the line so you wouldn’t have to. I hope to do more of the same at this year’s Stampede and who knows, maybe it’ll make a return here on the Blog.

I’ll be honest though, I don’t have an iron stomach so there are some things that I might not touch with a 10-foot pole, but for you loyal Stampede Blog readers, I may make an exception.

This year’s Stampede will feature many new Midway treats, in addition to the return of some old favourites. Long-time Stampeders may notice some yearly repeats in the following list, but if you’re new to Calgary or to the Calgary Stampede, then it’s probably all new to you.

So without further ado, here’s the list (in no particular order) of some of the new and/or unique foods appearing at Stampede 2010:

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