The Stampede Park Sample Contest

When you think of Stampede Park, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Likely, you’re thinking the Calgary Stampede. But Stampede Park hosts a lot of awesome events year round and we want YOU to take full advantage of that!

Drum roll please… announcing our latest contest! It’s called the Stampede Park Sample. It’s a prize pack containing tickets to a variety of different events taking place on Park over the next year, and they could be yours! So what exactly is up for grabs? Two tickets each to the following events:

  • Calgary Roughnecks game
  • Calgary Flames game
  • Calgary Hitmen game
  • World Professional Bull Riding Finals
  • The Grape Escape
  • Bryan Adams concert
  • ….and a Stampede 2015 concert to be announced soon!

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Western Art Show Hall of Fame


On a recent weekend trip to the Rocky Mountains, I stopped to admire a beautiful bronze sculpted by Vilem Zach on display in the Art Gallery at Chateau Lake Louise. Before I knew it, the gallery owner was by my side. “Did you know,” he began, “that Vilem Zach is one of only seven artists who have been inducted into the Calgary Stampede’s Western Art Hall of Fame?” I did not know this, but was determined to find out more.

In 2007, the Calgary Stampede established the Western Art Show Hall of Fame, and inducted the first members, Malcome MacKenzie and Gina McDougal Cohoe.  The Wall of Fame aims to honor the work and participation of those who have had a significant impact on the continued success of the Western Art Show. Inductees are chosen by a selection committee based on their contributions to the show, leadership, and outstanding attitude.  Other early inductees include Jay Contway in 2008 and Dale Auger in 2009.

Vilem Zach is both a sculptor and a painter and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2010.  Vilem is one of the original participants of the Western Art Show, and was chosen for the Hall of Fame for his detailed portraits that depict our western heritage.  His life sized statue “Farm Family” can be viewed on Stampede Park in front of the new Agrium Western Events Center and is one of seventeen pieces of public art on Stampede Park that will be featured on this Sunday’s Art Walk (

Vilem Zach's Our Land - Our Future (The Alberta Farm Family)

                      Vilem Zach’s Our Land – Our Future (The Alberta Farm Family)

Vilem Zach is in good company in the Hall of Fame – Henri De Groot was inducted in 2011, followed by Linda Stewart in 2012. The eighth member of the Hall of Fame to join these incredible and accomplished artists will be announced at this year’s Western Art Show. You’ll find plaques honoring the exceptional achievements of these individuals at the Western Art Show which is not to be missed during Stampede!