2016 Best Food on the Midway winners: your eating guide for Final Sunday

Don’t forget to tag your food adventures with #Stampede2016 and #CSFoodie!

The Best BBQ on the Stampede Midway award went to Boss Hogs BBQ for their BBQ Pork Ribs. Perfect for sharing, they’ve won multiple awards across Canada for their take on this summer classic and now they’ve won in Calgary too. Check them out at the Triple B.

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Reggie’ll Try It: Bang for Your Buck

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Determining what’s good bang-for-your-buck is always difficult, no matter what the discipline. Do you look solely at price, or do you also give consideration to other factors such as quality, amount of product received or ease of use?

One of my favourite places on Park during Stampede time is Weadickville, especially the Weston Bakery. Their $2.50 sausage rolls as well as 2 for $2 cheese sticks and various pepperoni sticks have gotten me through many a Stampede. You can also find $2 waters in Weadickville as well as $2 Frosters from Mac’s. For under $5, you can have yourself a very satisfying lunch. To me, that’s good value.

There’s also value to be had out on the Midway, although with the sheer number of items sold out there, it’s sometimes hard to find the true gems. For today’s #CSFoodie challenge, we were tasked with finding the Best Value on the Midway and were instructed to sample 9-10 items that might fit the bill, many of them previous contenders for various categories this year. The Fried Chicken Poutine from Waffles and Chix ended up walking away with the honours, but what about the rest?

Because good value is subjective, the series of reviews in this edition of Reggie’ll Try It! will be a bit different. Instead of rating the food, I’ll just offer my opinions on why these foods may offer a good bang-for-your-buck and leave it up to you whether or not you agree. Either way, I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

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Reggie’ll Try It: Cool Refreshments!

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Right now, the long range forecast for the rest of Stampede 101 reads nothing but warm temperatures and sunny skies (knock on wood!). That means it’ll get hot down on Park, so what better way to beat the heat than with some cool refreshment from the Stampede Midway?

Today’s #CSFoodie challenge was to find the Best Refreshment on Park. Sugar Creek Kettle Corn Co. won it for their Lemonade Shake Up, but what else can be found on the Midway? Here are my thoughts on some of the things we were asked to look at in this edition of Reggie’ll Try It!

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Reggie’ll Try It: Alternative Choices!

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We all know that those who wish to be considered true Stampede Foodies must abandon all fear, shame and hope to fit into last week’s pants if they are to survive the delicious temptations out on the Stampede Midway.

And while it’s true that there are many savoury, succulent and sugar-filled treats out there, did you know that there are also many healthier options as well? Items that are tailored for those who may have food sensitivities or just want to try a lifestyle change with their diets? Things that are not necessarily deep-fried? Shocking, I know.

Today’s #CSFoodie challenge was to find the Best Alternative Choice on the Stampede Midway, and we had to eat our way through a few of the non-traditional (for lack of a better term) options out on the grounds. Wrap Daddy’s ended up taking the official honours for their Gluten Free Chicken Wrap, but what about the other items? Here are my thoughts on some of the things we were asked to sample in this edition of Reggie’ll Try It!

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Reggie’ll Try It: International Flavour Edition!

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For Stampede 101, I’m privileged to be chosen as one of this year’s volunteer Midway Food Judges. As a group, we’re responsible for choosing the “Best” foods out of specific categories from what’s available on the Stampede Midway.

Today, we were tasked with determining “Best International Flavour” for 2013. The Naaco TNT by The Naaco Truck ended up winning the honours this year, but how did the other food fair?

Fellow Stampede blogger Sky’s posted a great recap, but did I agree with the verdict? Disagree? Submitted for your consideration are my thoughts on the matter in this special edition of Reggie’ll Try It! where I put my life on the line so you don’t have to!

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My experiences working at a Reception Centre during the first 24 hours

Receiving a briefing from CEMA at the Village Square Leisure Centre Reception Centre

Receiving a briefing from CEMA at the Village Square Leisure Centre Reception Centre

Last Thursday evening, after hearing about all the craziness happening with the river, I did my best to secure equipment at my basement office downtown, moving things to higher ground within the building and helping others to do so as well.

Being a transit user, I wanted to get out of the downtown core as quickly as I could because I didn’t want to get stranded.

I got home at around 8:30 p.m. and was looking forward to bunkering down and waiting out the storm, not knowing what to expect from it at that point.

At about 10 p.m. just as I was getting ready for bed, I received an email from Stampede Volunteer Services asking for 120 volunteers to help work at the various Reception Centres around town in eight hour shifts for the next 72 hours. The first shift was slated to be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Not having a car and because some of the locations were remote from where I was located, I replied by saying that I’d take any shifts that were available starting the next day. I figured I’d have enough time to plan my route to wherever I would be sent, and an opportunity to rest up for what was looking to be a long day of volunteering.

Then 20 minutes later, I received an email from my committee chair with an urgent request for volunteers at the Reception Centre located at Centre Street Church, which was in the same quadrant as myself (though just barely).

Now fully appreciating the urgent nature of the emergency, I threw on whatever clothes I could find, hopped on my bike and peddled my way there. I had never been to the Centre Street Church before, and so after a couple of wrong turns, I arrived at around 11:45 p.m.

Bonnie trains us in processing evacuees at the Centre Street Church Reception Centre

Bonnie trains us in processing evacuees at the Centre Street Church Reception Centre

I was quickly introduced to Bonnie, who was responsible for training new volunteers on behalf of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA). Our job was to process evacuees who were checking into the Centre.

The purpose was two-fold. First, register them so that if loved ones were searching for them later on, the city and the Red Cross would know where they were and could tell them. Second was to find accommodations for those who were displaced and had nowhere else to go.

The view at 2 a.m. during Night One at the Centre Street Reception Centre

The view at 2 a.m. during Night One at the Centre Street Reception Centre

As the night went on, I learned many things. Many of the city workers who were manning the Reception Centre had already been pulling 8-12 hour shifts there, so the Stampede volunteers were welcome relief. The City folks who arrived early to prepare the venue would be able to go home, take a shower and get some rest before they had to come back and do it all again.

I also learned that our city and our government take care of its citizens. Many people had left their homes with little notice and only with what they could carry. Accomodations were found for anyone who needed somewhere to stay for the duration of the evacuation. They were fed and given vouchers to ensure that they wouldn’t go hungry while the city was under a State of Emergency.

We helped Calgarians of all sorts that night. Those who were well off and those who were not, we didn’t turn away a single soul. We even helped a family of six who were visiting from Quebec and were scheduled to stay at a hotel in an evacuation zone. They had no family here and had nowhere else to go, but we found them a place to stay and ensured that they were taken care of.

The view at 5 a.m. during Night One at the Centre Street Reception Centre

The view at 5 a.m. during Night One at the Centre Street Reception Centre

My shift was supposed to end at 6 a.m. but we were allowed to leave an hour early as we had managed to process everyone who came in that night.

When I arrived home, I found that I couldn’t sleep so I emailed Stampede Volunteer Services asking if any other shifts were available. I ended up assigned at the Village Square Leisure Centre Reception Centre for 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. that same day. I made myself lunch and peddled my way there to do it all over again.

When I emailed again the next day asking for any other shifts, I was told that they were all full, which isn’t surprising considering this is Calgary. So I’ve been spending the last few days wandering around the Inglewood and Mission areas helping people clean out their homes and rebuild. I figure it’s the least I can do since my home is completely safe.

As I await the call to help out on Park to deliver Stampede 101, I can’t help but feel proud that I live in the city that I do.

It was working the graveyard shift that first night and speaking with a wide variety of people there where I gained a great appreciation for the city I live in and the citizens who live in it.

We take care of our own, we take care of the people who visit our great city, and Western Hospitality isn’t just a buzzword or exclusive to those in the Stampede family.

No, Western Hospitality is at the core and fibre of our beings as Calgarians.

Reggie’s Survival Guide to Stampede Park – Advice from a volunteer

With the Centennial officially kicking off tomorrow, all signs point to this being an epic Calgary Stampede.

Loyal Stampede Blog readers know that in previous years, I’ve tried to point out cool or different things to check out on Park.  This year, with so many interesting things going on, it’d take forever to give them all justice, so I figured what I’d do instead is share five tips and tricks I’ve picked up over my six years (and counting!) as a Stampede Volunteer that help make the time I spend on Park even more pleasurable. 

So here we go!

  1. Plan ahead.  There is so much to see and do on Park (and a lot of it is free with admission!), that in my experience, it takes multiple trips just to see it all.  Intelligence is your friend and knowing what to do in advance can ensure you make the most of your time during your stay.  Luckily, there’s a nifty online planner that has everything you need to know about what’s happening on Park.  There are even mobile versions for iOS, Android and Blackberry so you’ll always have that info on hand.
  2. Bring a water bottle.  It can get pretty hot on Park.  It’s important to stay hydrated, and a water bottle can help with that.
  3. Bring a snack.  If you’re planning to spend long hours on Park, you’re going to get hungry.  When the hunger pangs hit and your favourite food vendor is on the other end of the Park, you may not last the trip it’ll take to get there.  So bring a candy bar, a sandwich or something to snack on.  If you have food sensitivities, this is doubly important.  While it’s true that there’s a lot more choice this year when it comes to gluten-free, low sugar and other health conscious foods, if you want to be completely safe, bring your own.  In fact, did you know that you can bring your own food to all the event venues on Park?  It’s a great way to save some money while enjoying some world class entertainment.
  4. Bring some sunscreen. And an umbrella.  Weather is wacky here in Calgary so you need to be prepared for all extremes.  It could be completely sunny one moment, then raining cats and Superdogs the next.  Be prepared.  No one likes being stuck indoors forced to hide from the elements.
  5. Relax.  Sometimes the lineups, the hustle and bustle of so many people milling around, or other factors can drain away some of the enjoyment to be had on Park.  So make sure you schedule time in your day to rest.  If you like the outdoors, there’s plenty of green space on Park.  My favourite is picnicking in the Indian Village.  There’s lots of grass, plenty of space, it’s near the river and there’s usually something entertaining going on during the day.  If air conditioning is more your thing, check out the Western Oasis in the BMO Centre.  Both of these places are great to enjoy that snack and water bottle you brought earlier too.

So there’s my five and I hope you’ll find them helpful.  I’m sure some of my fellow Stampede Bloggers also have some tips and tricks of their own on how they get the most enjoyment out of their trip to the Stampede, and perhaps you’ll read about them here.

But I’m curious:  What advice have you picked up over the years?  Feel free to share them in the comments.  I’d love to hear them!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: May 21 – 27

Thousands of runners and walkers of all levels in the city are getting set for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon as it blazes through Stampede Park this week.

Details on that and more here:

  • Scotiabank Calgary Marathon:  Lace up your shoes and join thousands of other runners and walkers for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend on May 25-27, 2012.  The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a challenging, competitive and fun event with a race designed for everyone of any level. Events include the Scotiabank Marathon, Centaur Subaru half marathon, Jugo Juice 10K, AstraZeneca 5K Walk and Run and Scotiabank Kids Marathon.  Stampede Park is the new start and finish venue and for more information, see here.
  • Cultural Nite XIX: The Untold Tales of a Pinoy Culture Club:  The University of Calgary’s Filipino Student’s Association invite you to watch Cultural Nite XIX: The Untold Tales of a Pinoy Culture Club.  This annual student-led theatre production showcases different Filipino folk dances such as Tinikling and Singkil, incorporated in a play written by the club’s own members.  May 26 at 7 p.m. in the Boyce Theatre.  For more information about tickets, see here.

Only 45 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, 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, 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!

Finally, make sure you check out this week’s Four Corners – presented by BURNCO event happening on Saturday, May 26.  This week, we’ll be at Cardell Place at 11950 Country Village Link NE.  Running from 9 a.m. to noon, there’ll be pancake breakfasts, demonstrations, special activities and more.  With an old-time community fair and interactive games for the kids, it’s like a mini-Stampede festival in your backyard!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: May 14 – 20

Leading the charge this week at Stampede Park is Nickelback as they hit Calgary on their first North American tour in two years!

Details on that and more here:

Only 52 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, 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, 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!

Calgary is a Sweet City indeed!

2012 is a milestone year here in Calgary as it marks the centennial year of many organizations around town, including the Calgary Public Library, City of Calgary Recreation, and yes, the Calgary Stampede.  As such, our city has also been designated the Cultural Capital of Canada, and last night, the folks over at Calgary 2012 threw a big bash in the BMO Centre to celebrate!

Entitled the Sweet City Opening Celebration, named after the 2012 theme song for this year, Sweet City Woman by the classic Canadian (and Calgarian!) rock band The Stampeders, the entire city was invited to attend a free concert and party to help kick things off.

Many groups from all over representing a wide variety of culture were invited to perform and participate, giving Calgarians a taste of the diverse cultural makeup of this city.  Performers included luchadors, performance artists, hip-hop dancers, burlesque troops and so much more.  Mayor Nenshi and Premier Redford were in attendance, and our very own Stampede Royalty were on hand to participate as well.  The headlining act:  A full musical set (with encore!) from none other than The Stampeders themselves.

As a Stampede volunteer and a Calgary 2012 Cultural Ambassador myself, I have to say that 2012 is going to be a BIG year, not just for the Stampede, but for Calgary as well.  We truly are Greatest Together, and if you’d like to learn more about what 2012 has in store for all of Calgary, stay tuned to Calgary 2012 where you can find out everything there is to know about how we’ll be celebrating all aspects of culture in our great city throughout the year.

We’re Greatest Together…Everywhere!

The Calgary Stampede is an organization that operates year-round, and not just 10 days out of the year.

Throughout the year, you can find a Stampede presence at a variety of community and private events, festivals and more, not just in Calgary, but within the province and even outside of it.  Our organization throws many events for the public on our own (for example, the 100 Day Launch Event last March 29 at Olympic Plaza and the Four Corners – presented by BURNCO events happening in the coming weeks in various quadrants of the city), but we also take requests from various groups in the community who would like a Stampede presence at their event to help enhance it.

Today, Stampede volunteers were at the Shaw Campus in NE Calgary helping them pull off their own Stampede breakfast helping their employees celebrate the end of their Fill the Food Banks campaign, a part of their nation-wide Together is Amazing initiative.  As of May 4, Shaw’s managed to collect 718,000 pounds of food and $339,000 to feed the hungry nation-wide.

To celebrate Calgary’s part in the success, employees were able to partake in an old-fashioned Stampede breakfast complete with pancakes and sausage with a small donation to their charity of choice, the Calgary Veteran’s Food Bank.

Here are some more pictures from the event:

If you’d like to request a Stampede presence at your event, it’s very easy.  Simply fill out this form with the details of your event (for example, date, location and description), and the Stampede assets you’d like to appear.  You can book appearances by the Stampede Queen and Princesses, Indian Princess or Harry the Horse, or you can request volunteers from committees like Downtown Attractions or Promotion to enhance your event with various resources.  While we do try to accommodate as many requests as we can, we also get a lot so the earlier you can get your request in, the better!

And if you’re looking for our next BIG Stampede public community event, you need to check out the Four Corners – presented by BURNCO event happening tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) at the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex at 100 333 Shawville Blvd S.E.  Running from 9 a.m. to noon, there’ll be pancake breakfasts, demonstrations, special activities and more.  With an old-time community fair and interactive games for the kids, it’s like a mini-Stampede festival in your backyard!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: May 7 – 13

This week features an assortment of entertainment at Stampede Park as Van Halen, The Black Keys and Stars on Ice all make their return to Calgary.  Plus, help ring in Calgary’s year as the Cultural Capital of Canada with Calgary 2012′s Sweet City Opening Celebration!

Details on that and more here:

  • Soaring:  An Indigenous Youth Career Conference:  Formerly known as Blueprint for the Future, this youth career conference is designed to attract First Nation, Métis and Inuit high school students to the wide array of potential careers available in all employment sectors.  Featuring key not and motivational speakers, career workshops and exhibitors from all sectors of industry.  Tuesday, May 8 in the BMO Centre.  Pre-registration is required.
  • Van Halen:  Grammy award-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen are returning to Calgary this week as part of their 2012 A Different Kind of Truth tour in support of their new album of the same name, along with special guests Kool & The Gang.  Wednesday, May 9 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary 2012 Sweet City Opening Celebration:  Every momentous movement deserves to be launched in style! Help kick-off a full year of cultural activity with the wildest party of the year. Themes are Looking Back, Calgary Now, Looking Forward – and EVERYONE IS INVITED. Featured guests include The Stampeders performing the Cultural Capital theme song, SWEET CITY WOMAN, dozens of surprise guests, activities and more.  Friday, May 11 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets are sold out, but some may be released closer to the event.  Make sure to add yourself to the waiting list on Eventbrite.
  • Funny Money with James Cunnigham:  Funny Money is North America’s #1 FUN-ancial lecture.  Designed to educate and entertain, this program helps people to learn the basics of personal finances using comedy, multimedia and audience participation.  Featuring comedian James Cunningham.  Thursday, May 10 in the Boyce Theatre.
  • The Black Keys:  American Grammy-award winning rock duo The Black Keys are back on tour to promote their new album El Camino and they’ll be performing in Calgary this week along with special guests Arctic Monkeys.  Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. in the Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Stars on Ice:  The world’s premier figure skating tour returns with an ensemble cast of Olympic, World and National Champions.  This year’s Love ‘n’ Life tour features four-time figure skating World Champion Kurt Browning as he brings his directing talents to the tour for the first time.  The magic takes place on Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Saddledome.  Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster.

Only 61 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, 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, 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!

And don’t forget to get your entry in to become 2012′s Calgary Stampede Ultimate Intern!  You (and a friend) can win a prize package valued at more than $3,000, which includes 24 hour access and accommodation on Stampede Park during the Calgary Stampede in July, backstage and exclusive access to many unique experiences on Park and more!  It’s an awesome prize and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Deadline’s coming up fast though; All entries must be received by May 13, 2012.

Finally, make sure you check out this week’s Four Corners – presented by BURNCO event happening on Saturday, May 12.  This week, it’s the SE’s turn as we head to the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex at 100 333 Shawville Blvd S.E.  Running from 9 a.m. to noon, there’ll be pancake breakfasts, demonstrations, special activities and more.  With an old-time community fair and interactive games for the kids, it’s like a mini-Stampede festival in your backyard!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 30 – May 6

This week features the return of the Calgary International BeerFest and NLL Playoff action as the Calgary Roughnecks take on the Edmonton Rush in the NLL’s West Division Semi-Finals.

Details on that and more here:

  • Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium:  Celebrating 15 years, the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium is the must-attend event for building owners and operators, architects, engineers, planners, builders, green product suppliers, and planning and building policy makers.  Learn from leaders in sustainable building, gain insight into future trends and celebrate local successes.  Thursday, May 3 at the BMO Centre.  Registration for this event is available online.
  • BeerFest:  The Calgary International BeerFest is a celebration of beer.  Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 200 different types of beer on site.  Take part in beer seminars, vote for the People’s Choice awards, meet new people, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment, and most importantly have a great time!  May 4 and 5 in the BMO Centre, Halls D and E.  Tickets available at online or at the door.
  • NLL Playoffs:  The Battle of Alberta has never been so intense as the Calgary Roughnecks continue on in the NLL Playoffs by taking on the Edmonton Rush in the NLL’s West Division Semi-Finals.  It all goes down on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NAPA Auto Parts 2012 Trade Show: Featuring a huge selection of automotive tools and equipment, see the latest in product innovations and take part in many contests featuring a chance to win prizes such as Samsung TVs and tickets to the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal.   May 4 and 5 in the BMO Centre, Hall A.  Pre-registration is required to attend this event.  Tickets are $25 and are available at all Calgary area and Southern Alberta NAPA Auto Parts Stores.

Only 68 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, 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, 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!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 23 – 29

The geeks are on the move as the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention, hits Stampede Park this week.  Plus, this week also features the return of the Spring Festival of Crafts.

  • Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo:  The place where pop culture enthusiasts, sci-fi freaks, anime junkies, cult-classic aficionados, nerds (and nerdettes!) and everyone in-between unite for a celebration that crosses all genres of everything that’s cool, quirky, or just plain fun.  Special guests this year include comic book legend Stan Lee, Adam West, and the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention runs April 28 and 29 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door.
  • Spring Festival of Crafts:  Spring is a time for renewal and what better way to usher in the new season than by shopping for unique products to brighten your home, to delight your senses or simply spoil yourself. For three days only, you will find the wonderful creations of 130 of Alberta’s and Canada’s best artisans, artists and designers at the Spring Festival of Crafts Art & Craft Sale.  April 27-29 in the Big Four Building.

Only 75 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, 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, 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!

A Mother’s Survival Guide to Aggie Days

Family Fun Days at Aggie Days presented by Encana’s coming up this weekend (April 21 and 22) and it’s a great way to spend some quality time with the family.

Prominent Calgary blogger Merry Kuchle shared some tips on her blog (reprinted here with permission) on how to make your trip to Aggie Days easier to manage, especially if you’re bringing the kids:

  • Bring a small stroller if you have a very young child.  Aggie Days can get crowded so leave the mondo stroller at home but an umbrella stroller can keep your little one from getting over tired and cranky.
  • There are hand washing stations throughout Aggie Days….USE THEM!  So many children go through and there are animals everywhere so better safe than sorry so wash your hands early and often.
  • Concessions stands are open in the BMO center but the food is nothing to write home about and the lines can be LONG.  I like to bring food to eat and then if I see something we really like (and the lines aren’t too long) we can always buy it.  If not…we eat the food I brought.  It also cuts down on hunger induced kid meltdowns.
  • If you live near a C-Train station, consider taking it to Aggie Days.  It’s actually really convenient and you don’t have to pay for parking.
  • It usually takes about 2 hours to see everything at Aggie Days.  We like to get there right at opening so that we have lots of time but really, my suggestion is to go when your child is the least tired (i.e. not right before nap time).
  • Since Aggie Days are all indoors, it’s a great Spring activity because you don’t have to bundle up for it!

Check out the rest of Merry’s blog post for her tips on what to see at this year’s Aggie Days and remember to drop by Family Fun Days this weekend at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.  Admission is FREE for everyone!