100 Day Kick Off!

Today is the start of the 100 day count down to The Calgary Stampede, 100 years in the making, and us Young Canadians, had the honor of helping to kick it off!

Our day began in the dressing rooms, where the make up, hair and costumes brought us to life. Next step in our preparation, was warming our bodies up and running through our performance to get us geared and ready to show our ‘Stampede Spirit’ to the thousands of viewers gathered to witness the kick off. And thousands of them there were! On our rowdy bus ride there, you could see all the people dressed in their western wear making their way down to the plaza to see what the Stampede kick off was all about. Some even got a preview before they reached the plaza, with all us Young Canadians in our western costumes walking along side them in the streets. We caught quite a few people’s eyes! Some must have thought we just got really in to the ‘Western Wear’ day declared by Mayor Nenshi, but either way, were showing our stampede spirit each step of the way! When we reached the plaza, I was amazed to see how many Calgarians had gathered to be apart of this 100 day kick off, and I felt absolutely honored to be apart of something that unites everyone in Calgary, and soon (in 100 days to be exact) people from all around the world. When it was our turn to take the stage, we all ran out there and did what we all love to do the most, perform for the people! And what a performance it was with the huge crowd cheering us on. We can not wait to perform again, and share the stage with the one and only Canadian country star, Paul Brandt who made his first appearance with us today. Today was a huge success, as I could see the excitement for the Calgary Stampede 100 years growing in every single person I passed by. Well excited they should be, because this years Stampede is going to provide them with the best outdoor show experience they have ever had!

Flores LaDue – the ‘First Lady’ of the Stampede

As we all know, this year marks the 100th year of the Calgary Stampede - The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. In fact, today (March 29th) is the start of our official countdown “100 Days to the Calgary Stampede.”  Gracing this year’s Calgary Stampede poster is a portrait of Guy Weadick by artist Harley Brown. Weadick is known as the ‘Father of the Frontier Show’ and a unyielding force behind the establishment of the Calgary Stampede. One century ago, Weadick (with the help of others) got everything started here in Calgary. A successful man, Weadick has made quite a mark in the cowboy world through this and other efforts. And, let’s face it, his legend lives on (now in poster size! ;o) )

But behind every successful man, there is a woman… isn’t that what they say? Flores LaDue, the stage name of one Grace Bensell, is that woman. She was Guy Weadick’s wife. Both accomplished trick ropers, Guy and Flores worked the vaudeville circuit performing stunts in western acts all across North America and Europe. They eventually settled together in Western Canada and have even found their final resting places in the Foothills/ High River area. Quite a unique couple, I’d say, with a unique history.

Through a series of serendipitous events (see my blog entry February 12 2012 on this), I stumbled upon an amazing painting of Flores LaDue by Ruth Vickers .  Ruth Vickers is a prolific artist but not well-known for her western art. I had the chance to chat with Ruth by phone a few weeks ago; a truly lovely lady. She said that she is greatly inspired (as many of us are) by history and by passionate people that go ‘against the grain’; those that  offer inspiration through their activities and contributions to culture and society. Flores LaDue and her life and ‘trickery’ was, according to Ruth, “remarkable”. And Ruth was inspired to paint this most remarkable woman.

- ”Flores LaDue’ by Ruth Vickers (Oil on masonite. 40″ x 40″)

I had the opportunity to view Ruth’s masterful work of art at her mother’s house in High River in February.  Believe me, the photo here does not do the painting justice. It is truly an amazing piece; as remarkable as Flores LaDue herself! And – yes folks – it is for sale!

I am in the process of ‘working my networks’ to see if we can get this magnificent piece of art on display prior to and during the Stampede in July this year. For more information on Ruth Vickers, the artist and her work, please drop me an email (cami.ryan@usask.ca)! I will happily connect you to Ruth and her family! In the meantime, check out Ruth’s amazing work at: http://cargocollective.com/ruthvickersartist

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Cami Ryan is a researcher with the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan and a member of the Calgary Stampede’s Ag Media Committee. Her family farmed and she grew up as a “townie” in rural Saskatchewan. Farming and agriculture has always been an important part of her life – both professionally and personally. Cami lives with her family and a collection of critters on an acreage just south of Calgary. Check out her blog: http://doccamiryan.wordpress.com/

Together we Dine…A Look Back

As anyone who has been to the Midway knows, food has always been a big part of the Stampede experience. In 1923, when the Calgary Stampede joined with the annual exhibition, the event featured a giant buffalo barbecue. Five buffalos were roasted in the packing plant of Pat Burns, one of the Big Four sponsors of the first Stampede. Local businesses donated buns and butter, and the Dominion government provided the buffalo meat itself. The roasted meat was carved up by an army of volunteers for about 10,000 people on the final Saturday of the Stampede. Amazingly, despite hungry crowds, no riots ensued!

1923 was the same year the tradition of pancake breakfasts began, when a rancher from Gleichen – “Wild Horse” Jack Morton – set up his chuckwagon downtown. The camp cook started cooking for the crowds, inaugurating a tradition that has since been an expression of our community’s western hospitality. Today community groups join the Stampede’s Caravan Committee in hosting pancake breakfasts across the city in July.

Royalty in Rockyford – A Home Town Dream Come True

This past weekend, The Trio and I were invited back to my home town of Rockyford for the U19 B Ringette Provincial Championships. We were guests at the banquet that was held on March 23 at the Rockyford community center. The Rockyford Lions served up a great meal and we were accompanied by the best U19 teams in the province. There were teams from Airdrie, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Calgary, Beaumont, Red Deer, Sherwood Park and of course Rockyford.

This was a very special event for me because I grew up in Rockyford playing ringette. To be back in my home town and attending an event that I have attended many times before as an athlete is something that is priceless to me. I was asked by the coach of the Rockyford team to be the guest speaker at the banquet. I was so flattered and honored to speak in front of my friends, family, community and players and parents from all over Alberta.

When I was growing up in Rockyford, my team hosted provincials a couple of times. I remember one year, the guest speaker at the banquet was an Olympic medalist. She brought her medals and we all got pictures with her, and I was thrilled to meet someone who was so successful as an athlete. For me, to get the opportunity to stand in the same spot as that Olympian as a guest speaker was such an honour and will be a highlight of my life for years to come.  I can’t describe how much it meant to me to be there at the banquet. It was great to see the Rockyford girls again, as I coached some of them in the past, and to see people from my home town who are still congratulating me for becoming Stampede Royalty. I am so grateful to have grown up in such a supportive community!

Calgary Stampede Royalty with the Rockyford Ringers U19 B Ringette Team!

 

It was great to share my experiences and adventures as an athlete and a Calgary Stampede Princess with all the young ringette players this past weekend. The message I left them with was…. “Never say never.” As an athlete, I have come across some amazing opportunities to play ringette nationally and internationally over the years, yet in the past, I never thought I would get those chances. Becoming Stampede Royalty was something I never thought I would be doing either… but never say never!! You never know what kind of opportunities lay ahead of you!!

I currently play ringette for Mount Royal University, and this year we came home with a silver at nationals in London Ontario. Hopefully next year it will be a GOLD!!   The season has now come to an end, but I miss it already! Can’t wait for next season ladies!!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: March 26 – April 2

This week at Stampede Park features the return of the PGA of Alberta Golf Show, the Mom, Tot & Kids Show, plus the Calgary Flames continue their hunt for a playoff spot while the Calgary Hitmen take on the Brandon Wheat Kings in Game 5 of the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

Details on that and more here:

  • NHL Hockey:  Every game matters as the Calgary Flames play thrice this week at the Scotiabank Saddledome as they continue to pursue that elusive eight and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  First, the take on the Dallas Stars on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. followed by the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and finally the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for all three games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Mom, Tot & Kids Show:  Welcome to the Mom, Tot & Kids Show, a fun and interactive tradeshow for Alberta families.  More than 100 exhibitors will be present showcasing the latest in technology, apparel, furniture, products and toys.  Come and play with your kids, be entertained, explore and just have fun!  March 31 and April 1 in the BMO Centre, Hall E.  Tickets available at the door and at your local Calgary Co-op store.
  • NLL Lacrosse:  The Calgary Roughnecks take on the visiting Washington Stealth this week at the Saddledome.  It all stars on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • WHL Playoffs:  The Calgary Hitmen continue through the post-season with Game 5 of the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m. at the Saddledome.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • PGA of Alberta Golf Show:  The PGA of Alberta Golf Show returns to the BMO Centre this week.  Featuring an indoor driving range, golf lessons and even free junior golf clinics, don’t miss out on exclusive discounts on PGA memberships, green fees, hotel rates, vacation packages, clothing and golf equipment.  Taking place March 31 and April 1 with tickets available at the door.

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!

From bio-composites to blush: how agriculture meets our daily needs in non-food ways

As we head into the next 100 days leading up to our Stampede centennial celebrations, it is always good to remind ourselves of how agriculture impacts our lives every day!

“Food” is often the first thing that comes to mind when we think about farming and agriculture; things like fruits or vegetables or commodity crops such as wheat, barley and canola. Food is an essential part of our every day lives and we are fortunate to live in a part of the world where we can enjoy a variety of foodstuffs sourced from our ‘friendly farmer’.

But did you know that farming and agriculture is more than just “food”? Whether you live in the city or the country, products of agriculture are all around you. And you just might be surprised the shape and form those products take!

Take, for example, biocomposites. A biocomposite is a material formed through the combination of a polymer with natural plant fibers such as hemp or flax. Biocomposite materials can be easily molded into things such as car dashboards or car door panels. (See the biocomposite specs on the “Kestrel” car developed in Alberta by Motive Industries). Biocomposites are also used not only in the manufacture of weed control materials or textiles but also in the development of ‘green’ building products such as biofibre insulation and cement and fibreboard panels (see the Alberta-based company, TTS, for information on their biocomposite products and innovations).

Car panel door, photo sourced from: Wikipedia

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have agricultural goods used in the manufacturing of hair and skin care products as well as cosmetics. Emolient oils (EOs) are extracted from the seeds of crops such as flax, palm, soybean, sunflower, hemp or canola. EOs can penetrate the skin and bind to the membrane of the skin making them useful additives to a variety of beauty products such as skin moisturizers, anti-dandruff shampoos and even permanent waving agents. Cornstarch, derived from corn, is often used in eyeshadows and blushes.

Peas have been known to be used in facial masks. Oats and oat products serve as effective moisturizing and skin protection agents. And let’s not forget “Royal Jelly”. Royal Jelly is secreted from the glands of worker bees to feed larvae and queen bee within a bee colony. Not only does Royal Jelly have anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties (and pharmaceutical application), it is also widely used in cosmetic and beauty products. Lanolin is a yellow waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep. It is used in a variety of products from cream make-up to lipgloss to hand and skin moisturizers. Even bull semen is used as an additive in hair care products!

These are just a few of many examples of how agriculture is all around us. Agriculture is more than just food… it is an essential part of our everyday lives. No matter where we live!

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Cami Ryan is a researcher with the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan and a member of the Calgary Stampede’s Ag Media Committee. Her family farmed and she grew up as a “townie” in rural Saskatchewan. Farming and agriculture has always been an important part of her life – both professionally and personally. Cami lives with her family and a collection of critters on an acreage just south of Calgary. Check out her blog: http://doccamiryan.wordpress.com/

The Calgary Stampede Goes International!

I had never been to Europe before, so when I was told that I would be travelling to Berlin, as a Calgary Stampede Princess, I’m fairly sure I was in shock until we actually arrived on March 7, 2012. We travelled over seven thousand kilometers to represent the Calgary Stampede, Alberta and Canada at the largest international tourism convention in the world, called the ITB. The ITB was made up of about a hundred and eighty nine countries, which all came together within twenty six pavilions to promote travel and tourism for their regions. It was an incredible experience to see a bit of each of these countries during the time we were in Berlin, we all learned so much and had a wonderful time.

During our stay in Berlin, the Canadian Tourism Commission hosted an event called Canada night, where we celebrated our Canadian heritage, ate a delicious Canadian meal, and watched an amazing Canadian fashion show of the Korhani line. There was a Calgary Stampede hat toss game, and the winners were entered into a draw for some great Canadian prizes, including two Calgary Stampede Centennial buckles.

The girls and I had a great time meeting the guests and learning about how the Canadian tourism industry works to bring people from around the world to our amazing country. One conversation that stood out most clearly to me was about our role as ambassadors for the Calgary Stampede. The gentleman I was speaking to initially asked if the process of becoming part of the Stampede Royalty was a beauty pageant.  When I explained that appearance is not part of the criteria, and that our role requires that we not only have public speaking and social skills, but also strong horsemanship, ties to western heritage and commitment to charity and fund raising, he was genuinely appreciative  of our decision to partake in such a position. He then showed me a photo of his two young daughters and explained to me how important it is to a father such as himself to have role models like us for his daughters to look up to. He told me he was certain that my parents must be very proud of me, for being a strong, determined and independent female who represents many generations of such females, and how rare that can be in today’s society. It never ceases to amaze me while in this role, how often the people we meet bring happy tears to my eyes. I am so grateful to meet such people along my journey as a Stampede Princess.

This year so far has been incredible; I cannot believe how lucky we are to be the Centennial Royalty. We have been given the opportunity to represent our home, our beliefs and our history in so many ways and so many places. Berlin is an amazing city and I am so grateful to have been taken there to spread the spirit of the Calgary Stampede and Canada to all those we encountered. I know that these memories will last a lifetime and I am extremely grateful for that.

Sincerely

Princess Jessica                                                          

Stampede Spirit, California Style!

With Harry the Horse in Anaheim!

Thanks to our wonderful friends with Travel Alberta, Candice, Dani and I had the wonderful opportunity to bring a little Stampede spirit to some very enthusiastic hockey fans in Anaheim! Right in the middle of the parking lot of the Honda Centre in Anaheim, home of the Ducks hockey team, was an authentic taste of our very own Calgary Stampede. It was such an incredible sight to see; a bright red tent and country music artist Jason Greeley entertaining the white hat wearing crowd as they experienced a preview of what can be expected at the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth. The tent was equipped with a mechanical bull, several games, Harry the H

The Sea of White Hats in Anaheim!

orse, a dance floor, great music, and beverages, all before the game between the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks began.
The first fifty guests were given traditional white cowboy hats to get everyone into the Stampede spirit. I was initially unsure how we would be received, but I was thrilled to have people coming up to us all night asking if we had more hats to give! During the game, one lucky section was selected to receive white hats as well, it was amazing to see such enthusiasm from the crowd and it was a wonderful way to bring the Stampede to them.
It was incredible how stepping into the Stampede tent really did feel like we were seeing a little piece of the Calgary Stampede, it made us all even more excited for the real thing this July! We were beside ourselves with excitement when one of our very own Stampede sisters, Shirley Bertoli, who was the Stampede Queen of 1956, came to the tent. We were so happy to meet her and thank her for the wonderful congratulatory cards she sent each of us when we were first crowned. Shirley lives in California now, but was the Stampede Parade Marshall in 2008, and has never lost her love for the Stampede. Her notes of congratulations and support were an incredible display of how supportive the Stampede community really is.
We spent the duration of the hockey game in a beautiful box suit with some very influential members of the media and had a wonderful evening. To top off this incredible event, the girls and I were interviewed live during the second intermission of the game! It was an honor to bring a piece of the Stampede to Anaheim and to see the enthusiasm and excitement from all those who entered our tent. We had a wonderful time and I hope to see many of those Californians this year at what promises to be the greatest Stampede yet.
Sincerely
Princess Jessica

A quick note about a wonderful and inspiring couple…

Being a Calgary Stampede Princess has many amazing benefits and has already been filled with more incredible experiences than I can count. To me, one of the best parts of the position I am in for this very special centennial year, is the incredible people I have had the pleasure of meeting. I plan to blog about these people as much as the amazing experiences and events, because I believe they are what make this experience exceptionally memorable.
That said, this particular blog is about a very sweet and inspiring couple I had the pleasure of talking to during one of our Happy Trails visits to the Arbour Lake Senior’s Residence, I am sorry that I cannot remember their names. The lady I was speaking to told me, with glowing cheeks, about the man who was standing beside her. She said that she was seventy four years old, and had met her companion, who is a few years older than she, only a year ago, at that very residence. She explained to me that the two of them met when she first moved there, and they had been together ever since. She told me how she had been a widow for many years, and he a widower, they had each lived long, happy lives before coming to live at the senior’s residence. She then told me that she was happier since meeting this man than she had ever been. He then smiled at me and told me that she was the reason he was alive, he had known it as soon as they had met. He said it was all her fault; it was because of her smile.
My encounter with this wonderful couple brought tears to my eyes, and still does. I am so grateful to them for sharing their history with me and I hope they would not mind my sharing it with our blog readers. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given to meet amazing people like this couple. I know that without the opportunities given to me through the Stampede Royalty program I would never have such experiences. It is amazing how many people’s lives we become a part of because of the Stampede’s influence, I hope future royalty will understand and appreciate this aspect of our role as much as I am learning to.
Sincerely
Princess Jessica

We want to hear your Stampede story!

Over the past century, the Calgary Stampede has welcomed millions of visitors to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.  And whether they rode a bucking bronc in the first Stampede or rode the C-train to Stampede Park last year, they all have a story to share.  We want to know yours!  Send us your Stampede story and become part of the legend.  The best Stampede stories will win one of five Ultimate Stampede Experiences:

My Stampede Ultimate Rodeo Experience

  • Two Infield Rodeo tickets on Sunday, July 8, 2012
  • Behind the Chutes tour
  • $50 in Calgary Stampede Food & Beverage food vouchers
  • $100 gift certificate to the Stampede Store
  • Limited edition, numbered Calgary Stampede 2012 gold/silver poster buckle
  • Smithbilt Centennial straw cowboy hat

My Stampede Ultimate Evening Show Experience

  • Two Level 1 Centre GMC Rangeland Derby and TransAlta Grandstand Show tickets on Monday, July 9, 2012
  • Barn Tour with a chuckwagon driver
  • $50 in Calgary Stampede Food & Beverage food vouchers
  • $100 gift certificate to the Stampede Store
  • Limited edition, numbered Calgary Stampede 2012 gold/silver poster buckle
  • Smithbilt Centennial straw cowboy hat

My Stampede Ultimate Merchandise Experience

  • $100 gift certificate to Lammle’s
  • Limited edition, numbered Calgary Stampede 2012 gold/silver poster buckle
  • Smithbilt Centennial straw cowboy hat
  • Justin Boots Calgary Stampede Centennial cowboy boots
  • Roots Calgary Stampede Centennial jacket
  • Wranglers Calgary Stampede Centennial men’s shirt

My Stampede Ultimate Concert Experience #1

  • Two tickets to Brad Paisley’s concert on Saturday, July 14, 2012
  • Backstage tour
  • Meet and greet with the artist
  • $50 in Scotiabank Saddledome food vouchers
  • $100 gift certificate to the Stampede Store
  • Limited edition, numbered Calgary Stampede 2012 gold/silver poster buckle
  • Smithbilt Centennial straw cowboy hat

My Stampede Ultimate Concert Experience #2

  • Two tickets to Johnny Reid’s concert on Friday, July 13, 2012
  • Backstage tour
  • Meet and greet with the artist
  • $50 in Scotiabank Saddledome food vouchers
  • $100 gift certificate to the Stampede Store
  • Limited edition, numbered Calgary Stampede 2012 gold/silver poster buckle
  • Smithbilt Centennial straw cowboy hat

We are looking for written stories, photos, videos, poetry, artwork and more.  If it means something to you and it is tied to the Stampede, we would love to hear about it!  Visit www.calgarystampede.com/mystampede for more information and details on how to enter!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: 19 – 25

A wide mix of events and activities this week at Stampede Park as the 127th annual Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic Championship Show gets underway, along with performances by Hedley and Pitbull, the return of The Grape Escape and The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, plus the Calgary Hitmen start WHL playoff action this week as well.

Details on that and more here:

  • CS Dairy Classic Championship Show:  The 127th Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic expects to attract farmers from Canada’s four Western provinces, bringing about 150 cattle hailing from the Jersey, Black and White Holstein, and Red and White Holstein breeds.  Taking place Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 in the Agriculture Building and Victoria Pavilion, the Jersey Show will take place on the Friday, while the Holsteins will take place on the Saturday.  A Youth Judging clinic will also take place on Thursday, March 22.  All events and activities are open to the public and admission is free.  For more information, check out Stampede Agriculture.
  • Hedley:  Juno award-winning Vancouver rock band Hedley is on tour promoting their fourth studio album Storms and they’re coming to the Scotiabank Saddledome this week.  Featuring special guests Classified, Anjulie and Kay, it all starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • PlanetPit World Tour 2012 with Flo Rida:  American rapper and singer-songwriter Pitbull will be bringing his PlanetPit World Tour to Calgary this week, along with special guest Flo Rida.  It all takes place on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stampede Corral.  Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
  • The Grape Escape:  Informative and entertaining evenings featuring wine and beer samples from producers from all over the world, the Spring Grape Escape is back this week.  March 23 and 24 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets are available at all Co-op Wines & Spirits locations.
  • WHL Playoffs:  The Calgary Hitmen start playoff action this week at the Saddledome against the Brandon Wheat Kings as the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals get underway.  Game 1 takes place on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. and Game 2 on Friday, March 23 also at 7 p.m.  Tickets for both quarter-final games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NLL Lacrosse:  The Calgary Roughnecks take on the Buffalo Bandits this week at the Saddledome.  The action all starts on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show:  Explore Western Canada’s largest adventure and travel show offering pre-season deals on the newest outdoor gear and amazing travel destinations!  See canoe and kayak experts in the Whitewater Demo Pool or ignite your passion for off-loading, biking, hiking, running, water or mountain sports at over 200 exhibits.  March 24 and 25 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door or online.

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!

Aggie Days and Urban Agriculture

Aggie Days runs April 18-21, 2012 and is focused on promoting sustainable agriculture practices, primarily in a rural setting. It’s basically a 100,000 square foot classroom with programming that provides about 10,000 school children and family members with a basic understanding of where our food comes from. The program is driven by the Alberta Education curriculum.

When it comes to education surrounding urban agriculture, we partner up with the Calgary Horticultural Society on “Rooted In The City” – an interactive “neighborhood” displaying various aspects of urban food growing as well as backyard, container, balcony and community gardens. This program will run during Stampede, July 6-16 2012.

More information on Aggie Days, can be found here http://ag.calgarystampede.com/events/aggie-days/

The Time in Between

What does a Calgary Stampede Queen do when she is not traveling around representing The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth?

I love being a coach, a life coach, and an athlete. I have always strived to the be the best at everything I’ve done and have always tried to learn something from it, whether the outcomes were positive or negative. I currently am working as a personal trainer and I love my work! I love everything about fitness, how it makes you feel and how it can make anything seem possible. I always tell my athletes that any goal is a great goal, and anything is achievable if you are willing to let go and put everything into it.

The fitness industry is always changing and growing, new ideas and “better” ways of doing things always come up.  My new goal I’ve set for myself is to get my level 1 coaching certification for Crossfit (which is very soon :) )! I get excited every time I discuss it or train for it, and I’m hoping to do well next year when I compete in it! With anything I do, whether its teaching or participating, I want to be able to show people that if I can do it then anyone can. I’ve had my injuries, my moments of failure and greatness, so when they can see that, they know that the sky is the limit.

Putting all that aside, I am totally goofy and love to have fun! Snowboarding, riding, volleyball and singing are four of my biggest passions! Music knows how to move me, volleyball pushed me to be the athlete I am now, snowboarding proves that I can be a little gnarly, and riding gives me a moment to breathe and show control.

Finally, I love spending time with my family. And I love to brag about my brother because I have always looked up to him. He is a young film director and is currently filming his first full length feature! Thank you Tom, Mom and Dad for always supporting me and giving me opportunties to be the best person I can be:)

Calgary Stampede Royalty Represents in Germany!!

Our latest Adventures have taken the girls and I over the Atlantic Ocean and to a land of history, amazing architecture and great people. Last week we left for Berlin Germany to represent Canada and the Calgary Stampede at the world’s largest trade show for travel and tourism. Known as the ITB Berlin Convention, this was a gathering of over 14,000 participants from around the world and just over 180 countries coming together to promote travel, culture and address matters in the global tourism industry.

Thanks to Travel Alberta and the Canadian Tourism Commission for inviting us to be a part of such a world class event! We spent some of our time representing Calgary and the Calgary Stampede at the Canada booth, handing out cowboy hats and hosting people up in the “Stampede Lounge –Lazy S style.” We also spent the days touring around the 26 pavilions full of displays from other countries! I felt like I travelled around the world, yet I didn’t leave Berlin at all. We met so many friendly people from so many counties! My cheeks were very conditioned to giving a big smile for everyone that asked to have their picture taken with us. It was a great way to explore other cultures and to show the world the cowboy culture of Canada and Calgary especially.

We also got to do a bit of sightseeing and of course, do some shopping while visiting Berlin!! Overall, this trip was one that we will never forget and it will be a highlight of our royalty year. After experiencing the biggest travel trade show in the world, I think I am coming down with the travel bug - South America, here I come!

The adventures of The Q and P in Berlin!

This past week Travel Alberta and The Canadian Tourism Commission gave us the opportunity to travel the world while being in one place, Berlin!

When the topic of culture comes up, everyone has something positive and at times negative to say about different places in the world. This past week proved to me that many nations can come together and support one another and give back to each other. The ITB is a giant trade show that many countries participate in to show off the “best of the best” of their travel and tourism businesses. Everywhere from Canada to Pakistan, Africa to Egypt, had something amazing to portray about themselves. While being there we were given the opportunity to walk the 26 pavilions and invite other cultures to experience Canada and for us to explore and experience theirs!



Thank you so much Travel Alberta and Canadian Tourism Commission for letting us come and be part of this trip! If you would have asked me a year ago about going to Berlin to sharing Calgary and the Stampede with other cultures I would have laughed because it sounds too good to be true. But it came true and I couldn’t be more grateful :)