An inside look at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Lotteries prizes

Early Wednesday morning, the Calgary Stampede and Calgary Stampede Lotteries committee shared the 2016 Dream Home by Homes By Avi, as well as all the amazing packages that can be won. With more than $1.4 Million in prizes, it was a great turnout, highlighted by one of the first Stampede pancake breakfasts of the year!

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At 1,883 sq. ft., the 2016 Dream Home is the most valuable ever at $924,975 and will be moved to the NW neighborhood of Harmony once Stampede ends. Harmony, a new community with a lake and Phil-Mickelson-designed golf course, might be one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the city. Featuring a light and airy colour palette, an open eating and kitchen area, and 150 sq. ft. private outdoor deck, the Dream Home will be open for viewers during Stampede.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sat at the entrance to the event and had everyone’s attention. Valued at $71,856, the Corvette has a seven speed manual transmission, direct gasoline injection and 455 horsepower.

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Not only can you win a 2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab SLT, but it’s paired with two Kawasaki off road motorcycles, a Polaris Quad Ranger and trailer to carry around your new haul. The Truck and Toys, valued at more than $80,000, will be the ultimate addition to a lucky winner’s lifestyle.

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If you’re over camping in tents or tent trailers, then you’ll want to win the Truck and Fifth-Wheel prize package. Tow around your spacious 2016 Keystone Montana High Country with a new 2016 GMC Sierra SLE 3500HD 4WD Crew Cab. Valued at $198,812, travelling and camping will never be the same.

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Itching to get on the water? The Truck and Boat package is the ideal prize: 2016 Cobalt 200 boat to be towed by a 2016 GMC Sierra SLE 1500 4WD Crew Cab. The GMC includes an All-Terrain and Off Road Package, along with wireless phone charging and trailer sway control. The Truck and Boat package is valued at $158,954.

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Longing to feel the wind in your face and cruise on the open road? The 2016 limited edition Harley Davidson motorcycle has a six-speed transmission and 6.5 boom box complete with GPS and Bluetooth. Customized in ‘Solar Eclipse’ paint style, making it one of 150 in the world, the Harley Davidson bike costs $45,600.

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Simply looking for a truck? The 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab is an eight-speed automatic with active fuel management and direct injection and has full feature leather bucket seats. Get SiriusXM radio and AppleCarPlay with the new truck, valued at $68,848.

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Want to win any of these great prizes? Visit http://www.calgarystampedelotteries.ca/ for the Advanced Ticket Campaign, which ends June 24. Need to see the house in person before you buy? Tickets are also available on Stampede Park from July 8-17, and those wanting to test their luck can also try the Split ‘Em 50 – with guaranteed winnings of at least $400,000, and as high as $1 millon.

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The Young Canadians kick off preparation for 2016 Grandstand Show

Taking a quick glance around the room, one might not realize they were surrounded by some of the most talented youth in Calgary.

But in about two months’ time, these youngsters will be performing in front of about 20,000 people every night at the Calgary Stampede TransAlta Grandstand Show.

The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede got their first look at Grand Spectacular, the 2016 edition of the Grandstand Show.

When it was revealed May 5, The Young Canadians celebrated the start of a new show and big journey ahead. The very next day, they would already be hard at work and ready to learn the production numbers.

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Show director Brian Foley addresses The Young Canadians at the official kick off night.

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Meet Allison Healy, Tipi Owner from the Blood Tribe (Kainai Nation)

This year, Indian Village moves to ENMAX Park. The 26 tipis represent the five nations of Treaty 7: Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani. Each tipi has a unique design on the outside. Approximately 500 people will live in Indian Village during the 10 days, with daily performances adding another 1,000 people per day. More than 40 competitions and events take place in Indian Village during the July Stampede.

In part two of a five part series, we speak with a tipi owner from each of the five tribes of Treaty 7. Today’s blog post is a chat with Allison Healy of Kainai Nation.

After celebrating their 30th year at Indian Village presented by PennWest last summer, the Healy family will once again set up their tipi, adorned with yellow and green paint featuring a water serpent, along with elk and deer. In what started through a family connection, Allison Healy and her family are regulars and very involved.

Allison’s late husband, Earl, started helping at Indian Village in the early 1980s. Once an opening for a new tipi owner came up, Earl and the Healys took it.

“We had a relative who was one of the tipi owners so my husband helped with set up… for a couple of years,” Allison Healy said. “My husband wanted to be a tipi holder and start camping there. This was after our relative had quit so he took over.” Continue reading

Meet Noran Calf Robe, Indian Village Tipi Owner from Siksika Nation

This year, Indian Village moves to ENMAX Park. The 26 tipis represent the five nations of Treaty 7: Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani. Each tipi has a unique design on the outside. Approximately 500 people will live in Indian Village during the 10 days, with daily performances adding another 1,000 people per day. More than 40 competitions and events take place in Indian Village during the July Stampede.

We caught up with tipi owner Noran Calf Robe whose family has been attending the Calgary Stampede for more than 100 years.

Visitors to Indian Village may recognize recurring tipis and owners year-after-year. The tipi painted with a buffalo belongs to the Calf Robes and has been a part of the Calgary Stampede from the beginning. Continue reading