What’s Happening at Stampede Park: February 27 – March 4

The 112th Annual Calgary Bull Sale takes place this week, and the Calgary Kennel and Obedience Club is holding their Spring Show as well.

Details on that and more here:

  • Calgary Bull Sale:  2012 marks the 112th Annual Calgary Bull Sale held in Calgary, Alberta. The Calgary Bull Sale is the benchmark for other bull sales across the prairie provinces of Canada. The sale attracts Alberta’s top quality beef bulls and offers bulls for sale to meet all ranchers’ budgets.  February 29 and March 1 in the Agriculture Building.  Bid in person or online.
  • NHL Hockey:  The Calgary Flames play twice this week at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  First, they take on the St. Louis Blues on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m. followed by the Dallas Stars on Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m.  Tickets for both games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • WHL Hockey:  Meanwhile the Calgary Hitmen also play twice this week at the Saddledome.  First, they take on the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday, February 29, followed by the Saskatoon Blades on Friday, March 2.  Both games start at 7 p.m. and tickets for both games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • CKOC Spring All Breed Dog Show:  The Calgary Kennel and Obedience Club will be holding their Spring Show this week at Stampede Park.  Featuring conformation, puppy sweeps, two obedience trials, one rally obedience trial, junior handling and more!  Tickets available at the door.
  • NLL Lacrosse:  The Calgary Roughnecks take on the Minnesota Swarm at the Saddledome this week.  The action all starts on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for the game are available through Ticketmaster.

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

Behind the Crown of a Stampede Princess

What does a Stampede Princess do when she is not “being a princess?” Well, first of all, not many people can say that they are a full time princess, but I am proud to say so because I love spending my time representing what I love and what is truly at the root of my passion for life; western heritage and values. The cowboy life.

 When I am not under my crown, I love to head back to the GM Ranch out by Rockyford. This is my home and the place where I grew up learning how to be a cowgirl and love the simple things in life. I have spent a lot of time in the hills, fields and back roads surrounding my home. I know every inch of land from riding horses, herding cows, dirt biking, and pursuing other farm girl adventures.  I never once thought that I, the girl who prefers to be covered in mud over a pretty sparkling outfit, would ever be a Calgary Stampede Princess.

 Well, I was wrong. Without realizing it, my entire life’s accomplishments including; Training horses, 4-H , volunteering with the Rockyford Horse Club and the Calgary Regional Appaloosa Club and my involvement with the Calgary Stampede Parade, Rodeo and Exhibition year after year, has prepared me for what I am doing now. It’s not about being the prettiest girl or having the most sparkly outfits, being Stampede Royalty is about embracing what you have accomplished and contributed to the western way of life, and channeling your pride through the honor of having the title of Calgary Stampede Princess. This opportunity has given me the ability to share with Calgary and the world, the things that I value most and what drives the greatest outdoor show on earth to live ups to its name.

Here is a picture of my horse Nitro and I, back on the ranch enjoying the simple things. Between training colts and chasing cows, Nitro and I also enjoy a quite time…yoga style!! I love taking time to embrace the moments of peacefulness and be thankful for growing up in the wonderful world of western life!!

Be a part of the show!

From rock to country, from marching bands to solo acts, the Calgary Stampede isn’t just about music – it is music.  The unbelievable number and variety of acts that have graced the various stages at the Stampede is simply mind-boggling.

You too, could be a part of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.  If you have promotional material, we would love to see and hear it!  You can send it to entertainment@calgarystampede.com.

Show your support for your favorite bands here!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: February 20 – 26

This week features the return of the Calgary Home & Garden Show, Winefest and the APEGGA Science Olympics.

Details on that and more here:

  • NHL Hockey:  The Calgary Flames play thrice this week at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  First, the Flames take on the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m., followed by the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, February 23, also at 7 p.m.  The Flames finish off the week by taking on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m.  Tickets for all three games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • WHL Hockey:  The Calgary Hitmen also play thrice this week at the Saddledome.  First, the Hitmen take on the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m., followed by the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday, February 24 also at 7 p.m.  Finally, they take on the Kelowna Rockets on Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m.  Tickets for all three games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary Home & Garden Show:  It’s time to RESTORE, RENEW, and REFRESH.  Don’t miss over 650 exhibitors with tons of ideas for all your home and garden needs!  Featuring celebrity guests Bryan Baeumler, Corbin Tomaszeski, Rosalyn Lazaruk, Alykhan Velji and more.  February 23 – 26 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door and online.
  • Winefest:  Enjoy the chance to sample hundreds of local and international wines, port, sparkling and dessert wines from the world’s most celebrated wine regions. ‘Try before you buy’ in Winefest’s casually refined atmosphere – every sip and sample is included in your ticket. Wine experts will be available to share their knowledge as you taste your way from booth to booth, suggesting tasting notes while educating your palate and senses.  February 24 and 25 in the Big Four Building.  Tickets are available online.
  • APEGGA Science Olympics:  Science Olympics is an interactive science competition and an interschool event.  Students are given a series of applications or problem-sovling challenges that demonstrate the fun side of exploring science concepts targeted for Grades 1 through 12.  Saturday, February 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Big Four Building, Hall C.

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

Cake Posse: Happy 100th day of school at Woodbine Elementary

The Cake Posse headed to Woodbine Elementary School on Wednesday, February 15 to take part in their “100 days of school” celebrations – marking the 100th school day in the 2011/2012 school year. The three Grade 1 classes at the school had decorated hats with the number 100 on them which was awesome. The students wanted to invite the Calgary Stampede’s Cake Posse to the celebration because they has learned that the Stampede was also turning 100 this year.

We showed a few of the new Calgary Stampede commercials and all enjoyed the cake while answering questions about the Stampede. I love going out into the community to schools – we get asked the best questions and get such cute responses from students. When I asked them what their favourite part of the Stampede was, the number one response was fireworks! The Parade and the horses came in a close second and third.

A big thanks to the Woodbine Elementary Scool for inviting us to help the them celebrate their 100th day of school!

 

 

Stampede in February?

February, the five month mark until The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth officially begins - the 10-day celebration that marks 100 years of western heritage and values. So what does a Stampede Princess do in the middle of the winter? Wait for July to come around? Well, the Calgary stampede is a year-roud organization.  The Royal Trio and I have still been busy enough in February to spread some Stampede cheer! Last week, the girls and I were lucky enough to visit St. Catherine’s Elementary school where we attended a western themed family dance full of country music, chilly, and lots of young cowboys and cowgirls! Later in the evening, we even busted out some Cadillac Ranch line dancing and taught all the students how to dance along. We even got some of the parents out dancing and practicing up for Stampede!! We want to say thanks to Kelly and all of the parents and teachers who put on such a great event and for inviting us to be a part of your evening. See you all line dancing again at the Stampede!!!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: February 13 – 19

Variety is the name of the game this week at Stampede Park, as concerts, car shows, hockey, basketball and lacrosse highlight the week ahead.

Details on that and more here:

  • Simple Plan and Special Guests:  If you’ve missed Simple Plan, Marianas Trench, and These Kids Wear Crowns as they performed at the Coca-Cola Stage in previous years, now’s your chance to catch them all in the same place for one night only as they, along with All Time Low, play the Stampede Corral on Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NHL Hockey:  Leafs Nation meets the C of Red as the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, February 14 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Harlem Globetrotters:  The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theatre, and comedy and they’re bringing their unique brand of entertainment to Calgary for another year as the 2012 tour features one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history.  It all starts on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Saddledome. Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster.
  • World of Wheels:  Calgary’s premier hot rod and custom car show, the annual World of Wheels car and auto show returns to the BMO Centre this week. See hot rods, concept cars, muscle cars, vintage cars, and everything in between on display along with special guests and workshops! February 17-19, with tickets available at the door and advance tickets available at select Auto Value retail locations.
  • Gigantour 2012:  Gigantour is back after a four-year hiatus and it’s coming to Calgary!  Featuring the return of Megadeth, this year’s edition of the popular heavy metal music festival also features performances by Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil.  It all starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 18 in the Big Four Building.  Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NLL Lacrosse:  It’s the Battle of Alberta lacrosse style as the Calgary Roughnecks take on the Edmonton Rush at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 18 at the Saddledome.  Tickets for the game are available through Ticketmaster.

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

Oki Memphis!

I couldn’t wait to land and tell you all about my Memphis adventure! I am currently writing to you from flight 5798 on my way home to YYC.

Wow.

The word that was most used throughout my entire trip to legendary Memphis, Tennessee. I travelled to the southern state to promote First Nations and Western Canadian Tourism with Globus Tours, Travel Alberta and Travel BC.

I have always heard stories of real “down home” southern hospitality and I can say with 100% certainty that everything they say about the south is true. It’s beautiful, the people are warm and welcoming and the food definitely feeds the soul.

Coming from a household filled with the music of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Otis Redding and the like, when I learned I was going to Memphis I was elated to be travelling to a place where many of my favorite artists lived, played and immortalized through song and stories.

I performed with Young Medicine in conjunction with Travel Alberta, BC and Globus at the Memphis Convention Centre in the heart of downtown. I was excited and honored to speak about the importance, value and nature of First Nations culture in Alberta. I was proud to be part of a team promoting authentic experiences and representing our great province and the Calgary Stampede– bringing a bit of Treaty 7 to the south was really special.

We were lucky enough to have a past Memphian in our group, Michael who represented Globus was gracious enough to take the team out for an authentic Memphis experience. We dined at a fabulous soul food restaurant where I experienced southern corn bread, greens and fried green tomatoes. We listened to live blues music in the blues capital of the world – where musicians play with their heart and soul and the music permeates you. Through Michael and the Travel Alberta team we experienced the real face of Memphis and I am so grateful for the hospitality.

Of course what trip to the south wouldn’t be complete without visiting the home of the KING! It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to visit Graceland and pay my respects to one of the most influential artists of the music industry – the one and only Elvis. Throughout the tour I was afraid to blink for fear I might miss something among the stained glass, shag walls and numerous photos, gold records and iconic suits.

I also had the opportunity to visit the studio where rock and roll was born, Sun Studios! So many musical heavyweights have recorded within the small studio and it really was a highlight to be in the same space where some of my favorite artists once stood.

My most memorable experience – something that will remain ingrained within my memory for life was having breakfast with Manuel Cuevos Jr. who heads the label Wear It Out Manuel and has designed for such stars as Johnny Cash and Sylvester Stallone.

Manuel and his father have taken american fashion to an entirely new, couture-like level with their magnificent garments. Manuel Cuevos Sr. even designed suits for Elvis himself!

Having the opportunity to meet such a talented, down-to-earth and generous man such as Manuel was an amazing experience. After our meeting at the beautiful Peabody Hotel, Manuel was gracious enough to gift me one of his beautiful jackets – the amount of vision and hard work and sheer artistry that goes into these garments is stunning and I couldn’t be more blessed to have met such a brilliant person.

We soon land in Calgary and when I think back to my southern adventure it would not have been a success without the team of people who hosted the event. I have never been treated so well as I have by reps Stephanie Clovechok and Stephanie Nichols from Travel Alberta and BC and Michael, Diane and Joanna from Globus. They really went above and beyond to make me feel welcome and show me the best of Memphis.

I had a wonderful time and made great memories performing with Curt and Jamie from Young Medicine, I’m so happy to have been included in their performance piece.

Many thanks to Manuel and his friend Alex for driving from Nashville to share a meal, have some laughs and for bestowing upon me my new favorite coat for my centennial year. I am truly blessed to have shared this experience with these people.

Happy Trails,

Amelia

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: February 6 – 12

This week brings a medley of things to see and do at Stampede Park such as the return of LMFAO, the Calgary Boat & Sportsmen’s Show, Benny Benassi and Sander Van Doorn, the return of the Danone Superskills and a look at Flames and Oilers prospects in action as the AHL brings the Abbotsford Heat and Oklahoma City Barons to play for one night only here in Calgary.

Details on that and more here:

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede and show why We’re Greatest Together, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!