The Price is Right Comes to the BMO Centre!

Howdy blog followers!

This past weekend, two of our newest NGC members had the opportunity to attend a taping of the iconic tv show “The Price is Right”. By the sounds of it, Andrea and Kara had a great time suiting up in our committee shirts and Centennial cowboy hats and taking in this special event. Please read on to find out more about their experience below! Did anyone else happen to catch the show?!

Andrea and Kara of NGC had a great evening watching this iconic show being taped at the BMO Centre.

Andrea and Kara of NGC had a great evening watching this iconic show being taped at the BMO Centre.

Last night Andrea and I had the pleasure of attending the Price is Right Live show that came through Calgary. Going to the Price is Right is one of those Bucket List items, so when the opportunity presented itself, we jumped on it! (Bucket List item #26, check!) Like so many others, we both experienced a healthy dose of nostalgia – the Price is Right was our entertainment when we were home from school sick.  Oh, the memories.

We knew we needed to register to be a contestant before the show, so we arrived a little early. The line-up in the BMO Centre was longer than the line to get into Nashville North on the first night of Stampede! During our 30 minute wait (not so bad!) we were distracted by the hundreds of neon shirts worn by contestant hopefuls. As we made our way through, we got a chance to really take in the decades worth of Stampede posters that decorated the hallway. Normally when I’m making my way through the BMO Centre, I’m in a hurry to get to a Flames game or a concert and don’t take a minute to enjoy the history on display. My personal favourite was the 1914 poster promising “High Class Entertainment” with a picture of a young girl and her collie. It made me wonder who the people were that designed all these posters – and what would they think of the Calgary Stampede as it is today?

I digress – back to the Price is Right. With no more than five minutes to spare we finally got our iconic yellow name tags (I wore mine like a badge of honour and took more than a few self-portraits) and headed to our seats. The lights faded, the theme music started, and we were in Price is Right heaven. Over the next couple hours, we watched lucky audience members hear their names called (“Come on Down!”) as our host Mark Walberg (no, not THAT Mark Wahlberg, sigh) kept us entertained and hopeful we’d be next. Sadly for Andrea and I, we didn’t hear our names called, but we did our fair share of guessing prices and celebrating victories. The games played – Cliffhanger, Plinko, even the Big Wheel – were cute, miniature versions of what you see on TV. True, the prize values weren’t as steep, but they still gave away some fantastic stuff, including a trip to Las Vegas!

It wouldn’t be the Price is Right without the Showcase – but instead of two contestants, one lucky audience member heard her name called and got a chance to bid. It just so happened to be her birthday, too, that’s the best birthday gift I could have asked for! The showcase started out with a poker set, but quickly escalated – a big screen TV, a trip to Hollywood – and YES – a brand new car!! Now THAT, I didn’t expect. After plenty of humming and haaa-ing, and a cute moment where the birthday girl considered the state of the American economy before guessing on prices, she placed her bid – and won it all! It was the perfect end to a fantastic night, and of course, her sister rushed up on stage and celebrated the moment with her. I left with a smile on my face – and I hope that next time, if there is a next time, it’ll be me on stage celebrating my new car. 

Thanks ladies for your insight and I know we will all look forward to many more blog posts once you get your own accounts up and running and experience all the Calgary Stampede has to offer!

2013 Calgary Stampede Royalty Contest

 

Growing up as a little girl, I naturally had visions of my life as a princess. What little girl didn’t? Well, if you’re between the ages of not less than 19 years of age and not more than 24 years of age on August 1, 2012 – this vision could become a reality. Since my hopes of becoming a member of the famed Royalty are far beyond my reach, I felt it only appropriate to ensure anyone who is thinking of applying to enter the contest knew of the deadline (which is fast approaching- this September 4th!).

Have you ever wondered where the beginnings of our Calgary Stampede royalty came from?

In 1946, Patsy Rodgers (married name, Patsy Henderson) was asked by members of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board to become their first Stampede Queen. Her responsibilities included riding her horse in the Stampede Parade and leading the Grand Entry before each afternoon Rodeo performance.

While the way of choosing the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses may have evolved over the decades, the rich tradition continues. Applications for the 2013 Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses Contest are due by Tuesday, September 4.

“Stampede Queen and Princesses represent the Calgary Stampede to the rest of the world”, said Dana Tremblay, chair of the Royalty committee. “The winning three contestants must embody the Stampede values of integrity, pride of place, western hospitality and commitment to community.”

A number of contest events are open to the public and tickets to the Crowning ceremony are available for $25 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Kathie James at k.james@telus.net or 403.244.7638.

 Date  Time   Event Location 
 Sept 15  11 a.m. Preliminary Equestrian Competition Al Azhar Fez Dome
 Sept 16  1 p.m. Speech competition Boyce Theatre,StampedePark
 Sept 22  9 a.m. Semi-Final Equestrian Competition Al Azhar Fez Dome
 Sept 25  6:30 p.m. Bingo night Alberta’s Children’s Hospital
 Sept 29  11 a.m. Final Equestrian Competition Hebson Arena, Okotoks
 Sept 30  2:30 p.m. Crowning and Presentation Palomino Room, BMO Centre,
StampedePark

 

 

TransAlta Light Up the City – 2nd Winning Family

 

If there’s one thing you can’t predict during Stampede week, it’s the weather. It can be too hot, too cold, too rainy…sometimes even snow has been known to fall! This past Saturday, July 14 there were some pretty dark, ominous rain clouds looming threatening a storied torrential downpour- however, the rain managed to stay light and finish just in time for a spectacular TransAlta Light up the City show.

This lucky turn of events allowed our second Light up the City family winners (the McClelland’s) an opportunity to spark the beginning of the show, erupting five international-scale firework displays across our city.

How did we choose the McClelland’s from a sea of entries? Well, read on to hear their story:

“Our family would love to press the plunger to set off the fireworks. This is my 15th Stampede as a volunteer and am very blessed to serve as the Chair of the Promotion committee. However, there’s a strong Stampede connection to my family as well. As my submission to “My Stampede” states, I met my wife during Stampede in 1998 and my oldest daughter was born on Parade Day, July 5, 2002- right at the time the fireworks were going off at around 11:30 PM. We remind her at every birthday that “the whole city threw a parade and set off fireworks to celebrate her birth”! We celebrated her 10th birthday the day before the Centennial Stampede started and would love to have our family set off the plunger in the context above!”

Thanks to all who participated not only in the Light up the City contest with us, but also our daily twitter contest in which we had the awesome opportunity to give away some great prizes to our followers! (Think Rodeo tickets, GMC Rangeland Derby/Evening show tickets, Johnny Reid concert tickets and a few special Centennial Stampede prize packs). Our online presence side of NGC loved seeing the entries come thru the twitter feed every day, garnering photos and submissions for our #CSTimeCapsule project.

We hope you all thoroughly enjoyed your Centennial Stampede- it was one we shall not soon forget…and can’t wait to celebrate with you all for Stampede#101!

 

 

My #Stampede100

 

Howdy everyone!

How on earth do you sum up a 100th Birthday party in one blog post?! As a born and raised Calgarian, I’ve attended quite a lot of Stampede’s in my time. Every one has a special place in my heart; but somehow, this one was different. From munching on Caravan breakfasts, mini doughnuts and Food Trucks to riding the swings, taking in the Rodeo and GMC Rangeland Derby, concerts galore, TAILS, Western Oasis, the incredible TransAlta Light Up the City fireworks and more…this was by far the BEST Stampede I’ve experienced to date. Did you feel the same way Calgary?

Somehow I felt as though the energy resonating thru our ‘Stampede City’ was more vibrant- everywhere you looked there were friends and families young and old, all celebrating together. Numerous times I overheard passers by simply stating “I love Stampede”!

I tried my best to cover every corner on park, since there was a lot of great new programming added to this year’s 10-day show. My cowboy boots carried me all over the place- not once did I stop and wish I was wearing anything different. The opportunity to catch up with several fellow volunteers & Stampede representatives for an interview and highlight them on the blog was so cool- our organization is chalk FULL of people I’d love to chat with in order to get to know them better, and give them a little extra recognition for all their hard work.

 

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of this year was seeing one of our Next Generation committee (NGC) projects really come full circle and gain such momentum and success- the Centennial Time Capsule. We were able to engage the city thru various means of social media to garner submissions and suggestions, as well as help spread the word of our efforts. We were even on the big stage in front of the Grandstand not once, but twice! On Thursday, July 12 I had the wonderful opportunity to walk on the stage in front of 20, 000 fans along with fellow NGC’ers Josh, Sarah and Jenn as we accepted a gorgeous limited edition silver and gold belt buckle from the Chuckwagon committee as their gift to the Time Capsule. This was truly a surreal moment that I know I will never forget! Two days later, we sealed the Time Capsule (Will, Sarah, Jenn & Troy on stage) alongside president Mike Casey, Indian Princess Amelia Crowshoe, and Paul Brandt- what an incredible night that was!

It’s hard to choose what was my highlight moment, since every minute of every day I spent on park was filled with happiness and excitement. I look forward to this time all year long, and every year it seems like 10 days is both an eternity and a split second. I loved that in just one day alone I was able to catch up with old friends and share with them my passion for the Stampede by showing them all over the park, that I could get a ride in a golfcart with my stepdad and watch him in action behind the scenes with his fellow Chuckwagon committee members in the barns (I am so proud that we are both volunteers, its a really great bond to have in our family), and then watch my favourite Grandstand show yet with my mom- front and centre, singing along to Paul Brandt. This was just one day of many memorable ones I can look back on and smile for years and years to come. (oh yes…and how could I forget I actually got to meet the one and only Paul Brandt in person?! Incredible. Surreal.)

 

So thank you to all my fellow volunteers, staff…and citizens of Calgary(that includes all temporary Calgarians who travel from afar!) for making this 100th Birthday celebration one to remember- we truly are greatest together.

Now on to planning for #Stampede101…

10 Questions With…Steve LeManne, Cake Posse & Centennial Team Member

Centennial Cakes have been popping up all over Alberta this spring and summer with one of our really great special teams this year: the Cake Posse!  The cakes are just one of the ways we’re joining with communities for their local events and celebrations. They’re also sweet reminders to come celebrate with us! So far cakes have been booked for everything from the Rick Hansen Foundation Party to the 100th birthday party of Stampede fan Frances O’Lesk.

I had a chance to sit down and chat with Steve LeManne, Centennial Coordinator for this year’s Calgary Stampede. He’s got a pretty fabulous job- helping to orchestrate the largest 100th birthday party this city (and likely country!) has ever seen. Read on as we get to know Steve a bit better. There are just two days left to partake in our incredible Centennial celebrations, so I hope you are able to make the most of it Calgary!

1. How did you get involved with the Centennial Team, and how long have you been involved with the Calgary Stampede?

I started with the Calgary Stampede as a member of the Showband back in the fall of 1995.  After marching for 4 years, I became a contract staff member with the band for the next 10 years.  At some point I realized how much the Stampede meant to me so in 2008, while I was still on staff with the Showband, I became a full time staff member with the Merchandise department.

The Centennial Team was put together following Stampede 2011. The posting went out in May last year, and immediately I realized how amazing this opportunity would be- that I couldn’t pass up this once in a life time experience.  I applied, and the rest is history.  I’ve been in this position since last August.

2. What are some of the initiatives driven by the Centennial Team this year?

The ideas and planning for some of the Centennial initiatives has been going on for more than 2 years.  The initiatives that we are specifically driving are Trans Alta Light Up the City, My Stampede, White Hat Roundup and the Cake Posse.

 3. Can you describe what makes this year, the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, so special? 

For me, the Stampede is so special because of the way it unites the community for 10 days every year.  We are a volunteer driven organization with almost 3000 active volunteers, so the community plays a key role 365 days a year. But for that 10 days, the window paintings and decor, the pancake breakfasts, the way people dress…we embrace those 10 days and come together to put on a great event, not just on Stampede Park but city wide.

 4. Do you have some must-see activities for our patrons, whether this is their 1st Stampede or their 100th

Every year the Rodeo and the Evening Show are an absolute must.  This year, I’m personally really excited about the entertainment at Bell Centennial Plaza and of course the Centennial Zip line.

5. Could you tell us a little about what the Cake Posse is? Is there a rough estimate of how many cakes your team has served up thus far this year?

Our message this year is “We’re Greatest Together”.  Again, it speaks to the relationship between the Stampede and the City of Calgary.  The Cake Posse is a way for us to go out into the community and help Calgarians in celebration at their various events.  We’ve brought cake to hockey games, concerts, luncheons, dinners, anniversaries, grand openings, gala events and even a few 100th birthday parties.

By the end of Stampede, we’ll probably brought cake to over 130 separate events and given out close to 500 slabs of cake.  At around 85 pieces per slab…..that’s a lot of cake!

6. That sounds like a lot of cake!! Where would one find this team on a daily basis for the 10-day Stampede?

During the 10-day Stampede, cake is all over the place.  We are popping up at various community events throughout the city. We are also serving cake to guests at Stampede park every day when the clock strikes 19:12 at the AG 100 Celebration in Victoria Pavilion. (* Sarah’s note: don’t miss this super special opportunity on park!)

7. Do you have one standout memory from all your years being involved with the Stampede? 

My favorite memory goes back to when I was a member of the Showband. The first time you get to step onto the Grandstand stage under the lights and perform for all those people, some who have come from all over the world to be there….a truly awe-inspiring moment!

8. What do you see for the future of the Calgary Stampede? 

I see the Calgary Stampede continually growing in the future.  And not just the physical size of the park, but also in community involvement.  As a not for profit organization, we already re-invest all of our revenue back into the organization and community, but I see us able to take even greater steps in the future.  The Youth Campus will be prime example of this. When completed, will be the most amazing collection of facilities for the youth of Calgary to be involved in the arts.

9. What are you most looking forward to during this year’s 10-day Stampede?

Being involved in the planning for the past year and hearing about all the different things going on to make this year so special, I’m really looking forward to exploring every corner of the park and seeing what all of our different committees and departments have done to make this edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth truly the greatest!

10. Our committee is putting together a Time Capsule that will be opened 100 years from now. If you could include one item, what would it be and why? 

I would have to say I would like to contribute a Cake Posse name tag or shirt.

Steve, thank you for sharing your time with me during such a busy 10-days of Calgary Stampede! I am going to hold you to that Time Capsule donation! : )

10 Questions With … Mark G. Damm, Chuckwagon Committee Chair

Mark checking the soil on the track (‘in the dirt’)

Morning Calgary!

How have you been enjoying your Centennial Calgary Stampede thus far? I know for myself, it has easily been one of the greatest experiences of my life to date. The energy in the city feels more contagious: everywhere you look everyone is sharing in this incredible moment in our history together. I’ve said it before, but I will say it once more- I am truly so lucky to be a volunteer for such an incredible organization as it brings me opportunities I would never normally have a chance to have. One such occasion is the topic of my blog this morning- interviewing the Chair of the Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon committee, Mark G. Damm.

Mark epitomizes all we hold dear here at the Calgary Stampede- preserving and promoting western heritage and values. Overseeing a committee of 42 volunteers is no easy task- so I was thrilled when he not only agreed to in interview, but also a behind the scenes barns tour as well. (I had to pinch myself at that point to ensure this was all really about to happen). Please read on as I get to know one of our incredible volunteers.

Bar 80 , the newly registered brand for the Chuckwagon Committee

1. How did you get involved with Chuckwagons?

I grew up in rural Saskatchewan, and have been involved in farming and ranching all of my life. I became a Chuckwagon racing fan in my teens and have followed the sport closely since coming to Calgary in 1990.  The 2012 Centennial Stampede will be my 21st Stampede as a volunteer, and my 9th as a member of the Chuckwagon committee.  I  was  recruited  by, and  transferred to the  Chuckwagon committee, in January 2004.

2. What have been some of your roles on the committee?

I started in the “Eye in the Sky” as a member of the Production Team and have been the Track Manager for each GMC Rangeland Derby for the past five years, controlling the flow of the races and calling the racing heats on to the track.  As a member of the committee executive during the same timeframe, I have been involved in all aspects of the committee from budgeting and yearly planning, Stampede branding and marketing, to personnel and recruiting, to all elements of racing,  and  long-term  strategic planning, with an emphasis  on ensuring the longevity of the sport, both generally, and in particular, at the Stampede.

Infield at the Chucks & Executive Office happenings.

 3. I can tell you’re very passionate about the sport and the people involved in it. What makes the Chucks at Calgary Stampede so special?

Chuckwagon racing is a true family sport – from the drivers and outriders and their families, to the Stampede “family” of staff and volunteers, particularly the members of the Chuckwagon committee. It is the people themselves that make this sport so great – and of course, there are a lot of shall we say, “colourful characters”, involved in the sport!

4. It takes a lot of people to put this all together, how do you do it?

Not much sleep and a lot of pain, sweat and tears!  Seriously, we have great support from the management and staff of the Calgary Stampede- but it is the forty-two members of the Stampede Chuckwagon Committee that work their tails off year-round,  and put in ridiculous hours for the two weeks surrounding  the “Big Show”  that  make  it  all  happen.    We  also have  an  additional thirty ten day volunteers that help us out immensely during the 10-days of Stampede itself.

5. How long is an average day for you and your fellow volunteers during the 10-day show?

From sunrise, to long after sunset!  Chuckwagon committee members put in an average of 18 to 20 hour days commencing on the Tuesday before Parade Day, through to the end of the 10-day show!

Various Chuckwagon Committee Members in the Centennial Parade, Walking thru the barns & Checking out Mark’s favourite wagon paint job.

6. Do you have one standout memory from all your years at the track?

To date it would be during the 2010 GMC Rangeland Derby, when “The King” Kelly Sutherland won his 11th GMC Rangeland Derby during a very tough spell for the Sutherland family — Kelly was in tears on stage speaking about his wife, Debbie, and his family.  Equally memorable was when Jason Glass  won the Guy Weadick Award and  spoke fondly of his grandmother (the matriarch of Chuckwagon racing) the late Iris Glass.  …so you can see how it is all about the people of Chuckwagon racing!

 7. Can you give a little bit of insight into what happens behind the scenes in the barns?

The Chuckwagon Barns are a working barn area and the temporary home of our equine athletes, the true stars of Chuckwagon racing!  It is akin to the garage and pit area of a NASCAR or Formula One race, except add horses and everything that goes with them!  The barns are a beehive of activity from 6:00 am practice on the track, morning chores, mid-morning video review by the drivers and outriders of the previous nights’ races, afternoon naps and then starting at about 4:00 p.m. the electricity and excitement builds leading up to the evening’s racing.  Another element is the exclusive hosting by canvas   advertisers and the Chuckwagon committee that occurs every evening both pre and post-racing.

Golf carts are the preferred mode of transport in the barns!

8. For newcomers to the Stampede, what do you think is the most exciting aspect of coming down to watch the Chucks and stay for the Grandstand Show?

In one word it has to be that the Show which we are putting on is unique – from four wagons and twenty-four horses racing around the track during each of nine nightly heats come rain or shine and the sounds, smells and colours of the GMC Rangeland Derby, to the amazing Grandstand Show put on every night by our own Young Canadians – it is such a unique, and world-class event… words don’t do it justice – you have to see, feel and hear it to believe it.

9. Social media is quickly becoming a very important way of communicating- how has your committee adopted this new form of correspondence?

The Chuckwagon committee has massively ramped up its presence on both Facebook and Twitter (@CSChuckwagons), and several of the committee including myself (@MGDamm) have engaged social media to provide an insider’s perspective on the sport, the committee itself and the GMC Rangeland Derby!

10. Our committee is putting together a Time Capsule that will be opened 100 years from now. If you could include one item, what would it be and why?

On March 29, 2012, the committee hosted the 2012 Centennial Chuckwagon Canvas Auction for the thirty-six drivers that would compete in the Centennial GMC Rangeland Derby from July 6 – 15, 2012. The thirty-fourth annual Canvas Auction set new records for both the highest cumulative total bid (namely $4,015,000.00) and the highest single bid ($300,000.00 by Tervita for twelve-time Rangeland Derby winner Kelly Sutherland). Each high bidding advertiser at the Auction successfully purchasing the right to advertise on a chuckwagon canvas received a Limited Edition 2012 Centennial Canvas Auction Advertiser Buckle, and a thirty-seventh buckle was created to commemorate the 2012 Centennial Auction.

The Chuckwagon committee, on behalf of our forty-two hard working full committee members is presenting a Limited Edition Centennial Canvas Auction Advertiser Buckle, (numbered 37) as our contribution to the NGC Centennial Time Capsule– in commemoration of our record setting 2012 Auction and the Stampede Centennial!

Mark, thank you for taking time out of your incredibly busy schedule to meet with me and make one of my Stampede dreams come true. The barns are a fascinating place where you can feel the family energy and love. Also, we as a committee officially thank you and your fellow members for your contribution to the Centennial Time Capsule. It is an item that will hold a tremendous amount of significance one hundred years from now. We’re Greatest Together! 

Mason and Mark – thanks for the tour guys!

NGC TWITPIC CONTEST: DAY #7

Howdy Calgary!

It is day seven of the Calgary Stampede, which means we’ve been running our Next Generation Committee (NGC) Stampede contest for seven days!  There are just a few days left to take in all this #stampede100 has to offer… and we want YOU to be a part of the action. Every day during the 10-day show us NGC’ers are giving away some pretty great prizes- so make sure you stay tuned to the blog daily to find out what items/photos we’re on the hunt for.

Today I’m going to be giving away a pair of GMC Rangeland Derby and Evening Show tickets to one lucky follower- the tickets are for tomorrow night: Saturday, July 14. Don’t miss your chance to WIN and have your Saturday evening plans taken care of!

How?! Well it’s easy!

We are looking to add an item to our time capsule, a ticket stub from a past years Calgary Stampede (think gate entry, Rodeo/Chuckwagon ticket, or even a concert ticket). If you have this item and are willing to contribute it to the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial Time Capsule send us a twitpic of it! Dig around in your basement…dust off those boxes, and find us your piece of Stampede memorabilia!

Be sure to include our Twitter handle, @CS_NGC and the hashtag #CSTimeCapsule with your photo and you will be eligible to win. This is not a timed contest….we’ll be accepting entries all day until 10pm. So take photos often, we want to see our twitter feed buzzing!

Winners will be notified at the end of the day by direct message (so make sure you’re following us!). From there we will ask for your email address …so make sure you check your messages!

Curious to find out more about the Time Capsule Project? Then check out our our website and for more information about our twitpic contest check this blog our NGC’er Christina posted!

Good luck cowboys and cowgirls!

One Last Chance to Light Up The City TOGETHER!

Howdy Calgary!

If you missed out on the opportunity to Light Up our fine city last weekend… you’re going to have another chance to enter!

The Calgary Stampede and the Next Generation Committee are looking for one lucky family to ceremonially set off the fireworks using the Stampede Plunger this Saturday July 14th.  The 12-minute show will kick off between 11:00 and 11:30PM. Five international-scale firework displays occur at the same time around the city, making it the largest and most sophisticated firework event ever produced in Canada.

So there you have it everyone! Yet another way to come together as a city as we celebrate this special 100th anniversary of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Want your family to be a part of this exclusive moment of our Stampede history?? Just send us a message on Twitter @CS_NGC stating why you think you should be selected, and be sure to include the hashtag #LUTC. Don’t have Twitter? Then send us an email to calgarystampede.ngc@gmail.com and we’ll ensure we include you in the running as well.

Good luck to all! Yahoo!

Century- A Show NOT To Miss!

 

If there is one thing my friends know about me, it is that I am a huge Paul Brandt fan. I listen to country music all year long, not just leading up to Stampede…and Mr.Brandt is likely my fave artist of all.  So last night, I was just like a kid on Christmas eve waiting for the TransAlta Grandstand show to begin. (after enjoying 9 heats of action packed Chuckwagon Racing at the GMC Rangeland Derby!) This show is certainly a celebration of our Western values, embodying this city for a CENTURY.

Past ‘Eye in the Sky’ announcer Joe Carbury came to life on the projection screens to welcome the crowd- having been a Chuckwagon fan since I was a little girl, I was so delighted that he was included in the show. His iconic voice is one you will not soon forget. Easily one of my fave songs Paul sings is Alberta Bound so when this song started, I was ecstatic! I am sure the people standing beside me thought I was a little crazy. I can’t help it, I’ve got #stampede100 fever.

One of the best additions to the show this year are the amazing video montages of our past 100 years of history- produced by an old family friend of mine, Jamie Nesbitt. Again, just one more reason for me to be so proud of our community and how much we have accomplished together.

When Paul sang the new single “You”, I had tears in my eyes.  World champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand entered via a gorgeous, glowing eagle as he soared down thru the crowd and onto the stage. The moment was so incredibly beautiful- this paid respect to the First Nations people who have been a large part of our Stampede history. I have since purchased the song and have been listening to it on repeat all morning.

The Young Canadians performed flawlessly as always, gearing up for the large finale where the fireworks commence: a huge birthday cake arrives and we all gather to sing Happy Birthday to the Stampede!

Honestly- if you’re still in the midst of your Stampede planning, you absolutely cannot afford to miss out on this historic show. Advance tickets are now sold out, but a limited number of tickets for each night’s performance will go on sale that day at 11 a.m. Click here for tickets.

…and speaking of sold out tickets, our committee just so happens to be giving away a pair of GMC Rangeland Derby and Evening Show tix to one lucky twitter follower so check out my blog from earlier today to find out more. Good luck!

 

NGC TWITPIC CONTEST: DAY #6

Good Morning Stampede City!

It is day six of the Calgary Stampede and that means the sixth day of Next Generation Committee (NGC) Stampede contest.  The energy in Calgary is contagious and we’d love for YOU to be a part of the action. Every day during the 10-day show us NGC’ers are giving away some pretty great prizes- so make sure you stay tuned to the blog daily to find out what items/photos we’re on the hunt for.

Today I’m going to be giving away a pair of GMC Rangeland Derby and Evening Show tickets to one lucky follower. These are some of the most sought after event tickets in town….don’t miss your chance to WIN!

How?! Well it’s easy!

We are looking to add an item to our time capsule, a past years Stampede Planner. If you have this item and are willing to contribute it to the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial Time Capsule send us a twitpic of it! Dig around in your basement…dust off those boxes, and find us your piece of Stampede memorabilia!

Be sure to include our Twitter handle, @CS_NGC and the hashtag #CSTimeCapsule with your photo and you will be eligible to win. This is not a timed contest….we’ll be accepting entries all day until 10pm. So take photos often, we want to see our twitter feed buzzing!

Winners will be notified at the end of the day by direct message (so make sure you’re following us!). From there we will ask for your email address …so make sure you check your messages!

Curious to find out more about the Time Capsule Project? Then check out our our website and for more information about our twitpic contest check this blog our NGC’er Christina posted!

Good luck cowboys and cowgirls!

Light Up The City Contest Winners

Last night the Calgary Stampede Royalty met up with twitter contest winner Ramona at Calgary Stampede’s Light Up the City fireworks, presented by TransAlta - at Winsport Canada Olympic Park. Earlier this week Ramona responded to a twitter contest that our Next Generation Committee posted. The contest asked people to send in why they should be considered to attend this exclusive money can’t buy experience. Ramona sent in her entry and told the Calgary Stampede how excited her three year old daughter Brooklyn was to attend the Stampede. Ramona said that whenever the family heard a Calgary Stampede commercial on the radio Brooklyn would say, “I want to go to the Stampede!”

Brooklyn did get a chance to go to the Stampede on Saturday with her family. After heading home after a long day to get washed up and get the remainders of the cotton candy that she had enjoyed out of her hair, Brooklyn and her family headed to Winsport Canada Olympic Park to enjoy the fireworks. As the Twitter contest winners Ramona and Brooklyn were given the opportunity to push down the big Calgary Stampede plunger and start the fireworks- to the Light the City! The family also got some great swag including a Calgary Stampede centennial blanket and Calgary Stampede shirts. With the help of her mom and the Calgary Stampede Royalty, Brooklyn did a great job lighting up the City.

If you would like your chance to win a contest during the 10 days of Stampede be sure to follow the Calgary Stampede on twitter at @CS_NGC we have prizes to give away every day, and download the Calgary Stampede App on your smartphone.

Also be sure to check out TransAlta Light up the City on July 8, 13, 14, 15 at one of the official Light Up the City locations.

Let’s Light Up the City Together!

WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park will be a viewing location unlike all others for watching the Calgary Stampede’s Light Up the City fireworks, presented by TransAlta. As the city’s highest location, the explosion of colour will light up the night sky over the iconic Olympic ski jump tower to help celebrate the Calgary Stampede Centennial.

The Calgary Stampede and the Next Generation Committee are looking for one lucky family to ceremonially set off the fireworks using the Stampede Plunger along side the Stampede Royalty this Saturday July 7th.  The 12-minute show will kick off between 11:00 and 11:30PM. Five international-scale firework displays occur at the same time around the city, making it the largest and most sophisticated firework event ever produced inCanada.

“Light Up the City is our way to celebrate with the entire city,” says Mike Casey, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede.  “Thousands of Calgarians will be able to view the fireworks from their own neighbourhoods.  It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for Calgarians and visitors.”

So there you have it everyone! Yet another way to come together as a city as we celebrate this special 100th anniversary of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Want your family to be a part of this exclusive moment of our Stampede history?? Just send us a message on Twitter @CS_NGC stating why you think you should be selected, and be sure to include the hashtag #LUTC. Don’t have Twitter? Then send us an email to calgarystampede.ngc@gmail.com and we’ll ensure we include you in the running as well.

Good luck to all! Yahoo!

10 Questions With….2012 Stampede Royalty (Queen Candice, Princess Dani & Princess Jessica)

Happy Canada Day everyone! We’re just 5 days away from what is shaping up to be one of the biggest celebrations our city has ever seen. I know I can hardly wait….are you excited yet??

Being a Calgary Stampede volunteer & blogger sure is a great opportunity- one I don’t take lightly- especially when interviewing a Queen and two Princesses! Read on to find out more about our beautiful 2012 Stampede Royalty. (and in case you missed my posts about our 2012 Indian Princess, you can catch them here and here).

1. Congratulations on your 2012 Centennial Calgary Stampede Royalty selection! Tell us a bit about how the competition went, what lead you to this point- have you always dreamed of being a part of the Stampede Royalty?

Candice:  We are all excited to be selected for Stampede Royalty this year; it’s been such an amazing experience! For me this has always been a dream of mine. I used to picture myself running in for grand entry and the fact that it’s actually happening this summer is still so surreal. What really lead me to try out for the royalty was the thought of being an ambassador for Calgary and the Calgary Stampede.

The contest itself is quite an experience on its own. Within the month of September you see yourself change and become more confident in who you are and why you are there. With all the impromptu speaking, mix and mingling, riding, interviews and more, you really get a taste of what it would be like to be in the royalty.

2. The Stampede Royalty is rich in tradition thru the history of the Calgary Stampede. How does it feel to be a part of this history now?

Candice: This question is definitely one that gives me butterflies every time I hear it!

The thought of looking back in 50 years and seeing our photos in history books is something all of us will be able to cherish forever. We all live the lifestyle of western heritage and values, and being able to carry that on as the younger generation – it’s something that I believe the older generation can find comfort in. These values will always be something embedded in the roots of Calgary, and to carry on the tradition makes all of us so proud.

3. How many public appearances does Stampede Royalty usually attend during the year, and more specifically…how many during the 10-day Stampede? You must have a very organized group of volunteers keeping you on top of everything!

Candice: We have an amazing committee that works endless hours keeping our schedule straight and running successfully! Because it’s a very special year, we will be doing a little over 500 events, about 170 will be throughout the 10 days of Stampede! We have been all over the place leading up to the celebration. I am excited to experience all the craziness that the 10 day show will bring!

4. Your schedule sounds grueling but also quite exhilarating. Has there been a highlight event you’ve attended thus far?

Jessica: We have attended so many amazing events this year, it is hard to pick just one. I would have to say that the most incredible experience for me has been our trip to Berlin, Germany. While we were in Berlin, we attended the world’s largest tourism convention called the ITB. For three days we met people from all around the world and learned a great deal about many other cultures. We are so blessed to be in this role, sharing the spirit of the Stampede  (including as our western heritage) all around the world. It was truly an amazing experience!

5. Surely after spending so much time with the other Royalty, including the Indian Princess, you’ve formed great friendships that will last a lifetime. Could you tell us a bit about each of them?

Jessica: We have definitely gotten to know each other very well; I could go on for several paragraphs about each of my Stampede Sisters!

Dani is a wonderful girl who is very sweet and has a great sense of humor. She is also a tough, ranch raised cowgirl who is not afraid to speak her mind. She has a deep love for her Appaloosa horses that she uses in extreme cowboy competitions, and she is currently working towards her degree in nursing. Dani is also an extremely talented ringette player; I have no doubt she will be a future Olympian!

Candice is a proud, born and raised Calgarian who is not afraid to wake up at 4am to pursue her passion: fitness and personal training. She makes us laugh with her constant movie impressions- there is rarely a dull conversation had between the four of us. She is very family oriented and would do anything for any of her Stampede Sisters. Candice currently lives with her parents on their acreage outside of Cochrane, where she keeps her Buckskin mare named Grace. When she isn’t representing the Stampede, she competes in Reining with her horses. Candice will be pursuing a degree in human kinetics in Kelowna after passing on her crown this fall. She also loves challenging herself with CrossFit, and plans to compete next year.

Amelia is a beautiful, proud and very intelligent representative of the Stampede as well as Treaty 7 from the Piikani Nation, near Pincher Creek. Amelia is passionate about changing stereotypes and encouraging young women to seek their full potential in every way. Amelia is very family oriented and her culture is extremely important to her; we have learned so much from her this year. Amelia also has an amazing sense of humour, she has made me laugh until I’ve cried many times. Amelia has a degree in Communications and Culture from the UofC, and has plans of becoming a lawyer one day. She is a wonderful representative as well as a talented dancer. Amelia also makes her own Indian Princess and Pow Wow outfits with help from her family members and she is a very skilled beader.

I have had such a great time getting to know these wonderful young women!

6. You ladies look so beautiful and put together at each and every event, how many wardrobe changes must you go thru in a year?

Jessica: It is hard to say how many changes we go through in a year; sometimes we wear three different outfits in a day! We are so incredibly fortunate to have so many generous sponsors who supply and design our outfits for us.

The amount of clothing, boots and jewelry we receive in the year is truly overwhelming; far more than I ever expected. We even have sponsors for our hair, nails and makeup, we are so grateful for the support our program receives! As Stampede Royalty, we are always trying to make a great and lasting impression, and our sponsors are who we must credit for making that possible!

7. What is the most memorable moment of your reign that you’ve experienced?

Dani: So far this year there have been so many memorable moments…and I know that there will only be more to come! But when I think back to memorable moments, our trip down to Anaheim, California brings back many laughs. We went down to Anaheim for a promotional event in partnership with Travel Alberta. Our mission was to spread the Stampede spirit at a Ducks vs Flames hockey game. While we were at the event, the girls and I randomly ran into the Stampede Queen from 1956, Shirley Bertoli! Coincidentally, Shirley had sent us all congratulatory letters in the fall when we were crowned, not thinking that we would ever get to meet in person. That was an exciting and emotional moment that I will never forget! Our trip to Disneyland while we were there was also tons of fun!! No one is ever too old to have fun in Disneyland!

8. Have you any advice for up and coming Stampede Queen and Princess hopefuls?

Dani: Being Calgary Stampede Royalty is an opportunity of a lifetime! Even the competition itself is fun and full of learning opportunities and a chance to meet other wonderful young women. My advice would be: Be prepared to become the new you! The experience and opportunities you will get can transform you into a more confident person. But in order to get the most out of this program, you have to be open to taking on new challenges and stepping out of your comfort zone.

For me, I never thought that I would become Stampede Royalty. I always thought I was just a farm girl, and I wasn’t girly enough to be “Royalty”.  Make-up, fancy clothes and posing for pictures wasn’t my forte, and for other girls maybe something like public speaking isn’t the most desirable activity for you. But be prepared to see improvements in yourself and to be able to walk into a room and radiate with your own unique awesomeness. From singing with elderly people, to giving away perfume samples in the mall, to speaking in front of thousands of people, becoming royalty will change you! Anything is possible, so even if you don’t think being royalty is for you, try it anyway!! Another piece of advice: Love and thank your sponsors and committee members as often as you can. These people are amazing and work so hard for the success of the Royalty.

9. What are you most looking forward to during this year’s extra special 100th Calgary Stampede?

Dani: There are so many special things happening this year it’s hard to say!! The 10 days of Stampede is going to be incredible. I think the girls would agree with me, riding in the parade for the 100th year will be a once in a lifetime experience. The energy and excitement will be so thrilling!! Seeing thousands of people join in on the streets of downtown Calgary to kick off the Greatest Show on Earth, it will be the epitome of this year’s Stampede slogan, “We’re Greatest Together”, and the girls and I are so thankful to be a part of it all.

10. Our committee is putting together a Time Capsule that will be opened 100 years from now. If you could include one item, what would it be and why?

Jessica: I would like to include a photo of the four of us, the Calgary Stampede Centennial Royalty, astride our beautiful Stampede horses. I want future generations of young women to look at the four of us and feel that they can do anything they put their minds to. I feel that we are making our own mark in the history of Calgary, Alberta and our own western heritage. To do that we had to put aside our fears and doubts, and try- that is the message I would like to leave behind. (**Sarah’s note: Our committee would love to include an autographed photo of you all, I will be in touch to arrange a ‘photoshoot’!)

** Ladies, thank you so much for allowing me to take some of your very limited free time to chat! I hope you have the best possible Stampede experience, one you are sure not to forget for the rest of your lives. Thank you for being such amazing ambassadors for the City of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede. 

Are any of you young women out there hoping and dreaming of one day becoming a member of our storied Calgary Stampede Royalty? The Royalty committee is calling all Stampede-loving ladies between the ages of 19 and 24 in the Calgary area as they’re now looking for the 2013 Stampede Queen and Princesses. You can find more information here, and download your application here. Applications will be accepted until September 4, 2012.

Best of luck, Ya Hoo!

2012 Calgary Stampede App !

 

Howdy!!

I’ve just downloaded what might be my fave new app, it’s the official app of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! Let’s Turn 100 Together! Make the most of the Centennial Calgary Stampede by building your own schedule – customized to suit whatever YOU like. Are you into music? Love contests? Looking to buy rodeo tickets? Want up to date info on everything Stampede via Twitter, Flickr, or Facebook? This app has you covered, friends!

You can drop a pin on the map and see what is happening around you- real time!  Want to upload a photo from Instagram to share with other app users? No problem! It’s super great and I recommend you go download this free planner now to make sure you’re not left out for this year’s 100th birthday bash for the Stampede. It’s going to be the best yet!

And speaking of the 100th Stampede kicking off, I wanted to remind all of our readers of our Time Capsule project.

Have you got some great vintage memorabilia kicking around in your basement you want to see included in the Time Capsule? We would love to hear about it! Send us an email to ngc.calgarystampede@gmail.com , contact us on Twitter , or leave a comment below. We have some totally AWESOME prizes to give away up our sleeves…think Rodeo & Evening Show tickets, as well as Johnny Reid tix!  Let’s see your items Calgary!

** From June 10th-16th we will be sourcing great vintage photos, stories/newsclips, or poems to include in the Time Capsule. The winner will receive a pair of Rodeo Tickets for Saturday, July 7. So get your entries in yyc, we want to include your treasure in the #CStimecapsule!**

For updates and info on everything Stampede, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede and @CS_NGC, on Facebook through our official Facebook fan page, and stay tuned to the official Stampede Blog to learn more about some of the things happening on park because- We’re Greatest Together!

 

 

2012 Centennial Limited Edition Canada Post Stamps

Howdy everyone!!

I’m writing to update you on our awesome centennial project, the Time Capsule! Our committee has been busy canvassing Stampede patrons for submission ideas at the 4 Corners community events presented by BURNCO, the Lilac Festival, and of course online thru Twitter (#CStimecapsule) and the CS Blog.

Let’s bring to light and highlight one of the items that has made the cut and will be placed in the Time Capsule. Canada Post has recently released two commemorative stamps that embody our cities pride in western culture and pioneer spirit.

“Given the Stampede’s place in Western Canadian culture, it is fitting that we mark the event’s 100th Anniversary in a number of important ways,” said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast. “These stamps are beautifully designed and truly capture the heart of the Calgary Stampede.”

I’m the first to admit to love receiving parcels and letters in the mail- wouldn’t it be great to come home to one adorned with one of these gorgeous centennial stamps? They have been designed by Calgarian artist Xerxes Irani, and if having these incredible collectors items in your possession isn’t cool enough… to up the ante, these stamps allow you some augmented reality too- When used in conjunction with the Canada Post Stamps Alive app for smart phones and tablets, one stamp depicts a virtual horse you are able to interact with, pet, and change its colour, while the other stamp reveals a barrel-racing game, where you are able to try and beat your own time, or submit your score to Facebook and Twitter. So neat!!

Have you got some great vintage memorabilia kicking around in your basement you want to see included in the Time Capsule? We would love to hear about it! Send us an email to ngc.calgarystampede@gmail.com , contact us on Twitter , or leave a comment below. We have some totally AWESOME prizes to give away up our sleeves…think Rodeo & Evening Show tickets, as well as Johnny Reid tix!  Let’s see your items Calgary!

** From the 10th-16th we will be sourcing great vintage photos, stories/newsclips, or poems to include in the Time Capsule. The winner will receive a pair of Rodeo Tickets for Saturday, July 7. So get your entries in yyc, we want to include your treasure in the #CStimecapsule!**