Don’t miss world-class animals & competitors at the Junior Steer Classic this Sunday!

Have you ever been to a cattle show? Have you ever wondered what it takes to train a steer? Have you ever wondered how exhibitors prepare their animals for competition? A winning steer takes hours of patience, determination, respect for the animals, and impeccable animal husbandry – Come see what it’s all about Saturday, July 16 and on show day, Sunday July 17, from 1-5 p.m. in the Agrium Western Event Centre.

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2016 Rodeo Highlights – Day 7

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It’s not every day you can make a slip and still come out a winner.

But Cory Solomon is on a roll at the Calgary Stampede, and not even a slight bobble slowed him down. The 2012 Stampede tie-down roping champion came out Thursday afternoon like a shot, and was making his tie before you could even blink. He was poised to be as fast, or faster, than his speedy 6.7 second run Wednesday, which topped the round.

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We farm to support a brighter, better future for our children

Kassie O’Brien and her husband Kent, who is a 4th generation farmer, and their two daughters Klair and Karla, started 4K Farms in 2013. Their farm is located in Southern Alberta near the small town of Swalwell.

They started their farm with goats, alpaca and chickens. Wanting healthier lifestyle options for their family they purchased a sow Ezmerelda, then a boar Zuckerman and their pig adventure started!

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4K Farms is presenting Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 11AM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage BMO Marketplace, Hall A.

Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about 4K Farms

Kassie O’Brien:  4K Farms heritage pigs are BC SPCA Certified and are raised without the use of antibiotics.

With over 60 humanely raised breeders 4k farms sustains a complete farrow to finish farm! 4K sows are bred ONLY once or twice a year, Moms have months in between births to allow some relaxing time.

All the pigs at 4k are given clean paddocks with trees for shade and wallowing holes, we rotate paddocks frequently to prevent boredom and allow rejuvenation of the land.

We give our pigs enrichment items that change all the time, tires, frozen treats, balls, forage and scattered treats to dig up and sniff out! 4K pigs are fed a diet of wheat, peas, barley and fodder.

Fodder is grown year round so the pigs are fed grass in the winter months.

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Calgary Stampede Livestock auctioneers to make Stavely debut

Livestock auctions aren’t new to Stavely, Alberta – but the Calgary Stampede’s International Livestock Auctioneer Championships are.

Before the top 10 finalists take over the Agrium Western Event Centre the morning of July 16, 23 auctioneers will compete at Foothills Auctioneers Inc. Among the contestants are auctioneers from Australia, South Africa and the competition’s first female entrant.

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2016 Rodeo Highlights – Day 6

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Winning a go-round at the Calgary Stampede is a special deal. Not only is it worth $5500 in the bank, but it also includes an introduction on the stage and a Stampede bronze.

That wasn’t necessarily part of barrel racer Nancy Csabay’s game plan, but when it happened on Day 6 of the Stampede, the Taber cowgirl was as thrilled as could be.

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Stampede kitchen shares recipe to keep you energized while you visit Stampede Park

The 2016 Stampede is already at the halfway mark – but there are still tons of events for guests to check out this week, including the many shows that are included with your admission such as the Canine Stars, Bell Adrenaline Ranch and Peking Acrobats – so here are two quick and easy recipes from the Calgary Stampede Kitchen to keep your energy high.

Graham Armstrong, Stampede sous chef, holding the granola bars with his coworkers and fellow chefs holding the honey and granola bits.

Graham Armstrong, Stampede sous chef, holding the granola bars with his coworkers and fellow chefs holding the honey and granola bits.

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Baa is the new moo

Their name says it all – Lambtastic! Ray and Nancy Nolan, partners in life and business, own and operate Lambtastic Farms near Vulcan, AB. Lamb is low in fat and full of protein so you can actually feel good about what you eat! Their lambs are raised in a healthy environment without the use of hormones or animal by-product feeds.  Lambtastic is presenting with Grainworks on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 3PM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage BMO Marketplace, Hall A.
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Calgary StampedeBriefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.

Ray Nolan:  Born and raised on a sheep farm in Ireland, where the family farm still operates today. Before returning to the a agriculture career, I was a chef for over a decade cooking in Ireland, England and finally Canada. During my culinary career I was fortunate enough to work at some great establishments. meeting some great people and cooking for the likes of HRH Queen of England at her royal state banquet to Nelson Mandela which was my personal favorite. Also during that time I met my wife, Nancy while working at the Dorchester hotel on park lane London.

Today we reside in Vulcan AB with our two boys Brayden 4, Charless 2. We run a flock of 350 ewes and grain farm. Our typical day is never a dull one varies from meeting chefs to butchers and the daily business of running a farm which is highly demanding. Our livestock require care 7 days a week, a farmers work is truly never done.
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Don’t miss your chance to win up to $1 million with Stampede Lotteries!

The Calgary Stampede Lotteries made history last night when the Split’Em 50 pot hit $1 million – and it’s growing by the minute. That means this year’s winner will win more than $500,000—and up to a whopping $1 million! That’s right—there are $2 million worth of Split’Em 50 tickets available.

But only $2 million worth. With half of the tickets already sold and five days left of Stampede 2016, come down to Stampede Park and get in on the biggest Stampede Lotteries jackpot in our history!

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Chili Chili Bang Bang

For the last seven years, one day each Stampede, the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage has been the scene of the great chili cook-off among 3 teams from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. This year the competition takes place on Wednesday, July 13th at 11AM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage in BMO Marketplace Hall A.

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The kids are incredibly creative and draw on their own culinary experiences (and maybe some advice from mom and dad) to come up with various themes on the traditional chili. We’ve tasted “Jamaican Me Crazy” , “Cha Cha Chicken”, “Chili, chili, bang, bang” chili and many more. It is so much fun to watch these kids embrace the Stampede experience .

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Canine Stars share the secrets to their tricks while putting on a spectacular show

The Canine Stars prove it’s possible for any dog to become a confident show dog because most of the dogs featured in the shows have been rescued or adopted.

Ray, one Canine Star, was found on the street when he was only two-years old, with his sister. Any loud or sudden noise would make Ray cower with fear and hide. Now, one of the stars of the Stampede’s new show, the cheers and claps from the audience motivate and encourage him to do the tricks. “We use only positive reinforcement on the dogs,” explained the show’s  host, “encouraging them with toys, treats and praise – including cheering and clapping!” The louder the audience members would cheer, the faster the dogs would run and the higher they’d jump.

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Ray chasing the Frisbee at the Dog Bowl

And he's got it!

And he’s got it!

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10 pro tips for a rainy day on Stampede Park

Just because it’s wet outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a whole lot of fun on Stampede Park. We challenge you to use rainy weather to find something new on Stampede Park. Here are 10 ideas:

1. Grab covered seats at the Grandstand for the Rodeo or the Evening Show (which includes the GMC Rangeland Derby and the TransAlta Grandstand Show). Use the Virtual Venue to see which seats are covered – bring a blanket, stay dry and enjoy the show! Tickets available here.

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Look at all of these Rodeo fans not getting wet!

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Combining two loves – cooking and firefighting

Jean-Pierre Galli wears two hats – a firefighters helmet and a chef’s hat. A Calgary firefighter who is also a classically trained chef, J.P. is competing in the 7th annual Police and Firefighter cook-off Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7PM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage BMO Marketplace, Hall A.

JP and fellow firefighter Todd Nabozniak will meet Constables Karen MacLeod and Dean Moody to determine which team takes home the coveted Police and Firefighter Cook-off cup.

Angela Knight of the CBC Eyeopener is the MC, Jon Cornish, former Calgary Stampeder is joining the panel of celebrity judges and Mayor Nenshi will be dropping by to show his support for the competitors.

Group shot 2015Pictured from 2015 Competition: Sean Lynn, Karen MacLeod, Angela Knight, Barry MacDonald, Jean-Pierre Galli

Calgary Stampede: What came first – firefighting or cooking?

J.P. Galli: I grew up in South Africa and left for Switzerland when I was 18 to do a three year culinary apprenticeship. When I came to Canada I worked at Emerald Lake Lodge as a chef and became involved with the Field, BC volunteer fire fighters.  I moved to the Alberta Wildland Firefighting Rappel Crew and then the Calgary Fire Department. Firefighting is my profession but I still love to cook.
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