Visit us at Lilac Festival for your chance to win Stampede prizes!

Who’s ready for some sunshine and fun this weekend?  We are!

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Stampede volunteers from the Next Generation committee will be set up at the 4th Street Lilac Festival on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free family-friendly event is a Calgary tradition that takes place on 4th Street SW between 13 Avenue and Elbow Drive and draws crowds close to 100,000 each year.  There’s definitely no shortage of people watching!

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Win your way to the 2016 Stampede at the Community Round Up!

The Next Generation committee is getting very excited about Stampede 2016, and we hope you can all join us for a pre-Stampede community event to celebrate!

Come on down for your first Stampede pancakes of the season on Saturday, May 28 at the Stampede Community Round Up! We are presenting this event in partnership with the Centre for Newcomers. Find us outside the Pacific Place Mall (999 36 St NE) from 9 a.m. to noon. More info here.

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There will be many interactive activities for kids to get in some hands-on learning about animals and agriculture, including a petting zoo!

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Win a Special Date Night!

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We’re thrilled to be giving away 2 tickets to the Kevin Hart “What Now Tour” show at the Saddledome coming up on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 7:00PM, as well as a $75.00 gift certificate to Melrose Café & Bar.  Everything you need for a perfect night out!

All you have to do is tweet something that really made you laugh to @cs_ngc and you’re entered to win.

The contest commences at 5:00PM (MDT) on October 27, 2015 and concludes at 11:59PM (MDT) on November 8, 2015.  You can find the official rules here:  Stampede Date Night Contest Rules.

Good luck!  We can’t wait to hear what makes you laugh!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter so that we can message you if you win, and keep an eye on our account all year round for fun contests and other Calgary Stampede information.

*Please note that due to the 10:00PM show being cancelled, the contest winner will now receive tickets to the 7:00PM show. Our apologies for any inconvenience. 

Fall reflections

Because the run up to and the 10 days (actually now more like two weeks) of Stampede are so busy it is no real surprise that August is a relatively quiet month around Stampede Park as many of our employees and volunteers take holiday time. One of the biggest stories of the summer was the Calgary Flames’ announcement of their proposed Calgary Next project in West Village. I think it is clear that the public consultation process for this project will be measured in years and not weeks or months and even if the project goes ahead the Flames are likely to be playing in the Saddledome for the next five years and possibly longer so we look forward to working with the Flames for at least that period.

Once September started, it was clear that everyone involved with the Stampede was back and working hard.  Lots has happened already this fall, including the following:

 

1. I attended the crowning ceremony for our new Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses on September 28 in the Agrium Western Event Centre.  It was a great event and congratulations to our new Royal Trio, Calgary Stampede Queen Maggie Shortt and Calgary Stampede Princesses Chelsey Jacobson and Bailee Billington. I want to commend the outgoing Royal Trio, Mick, Kimberly and Haley, for being such great ambassadors for the Stampede and a fun bunch to work with.

206 Calgary Stampede Queen, Maggie Shorrt (middle), and Princesses, Chelsey Jacobson (left) and Bailee Billington (right) immediately following the crowning ceremony.

2016 Calgary Stampede Queen, Maggie Shorrt (middle), and Princesses, Chelsey Jacobson (left) and Bailee Billington (right) immediately following the crowning ceremony in the Agrium Western Event Centre.

 

2. I also had the pleasure of attending the Indian Princess crowning ceremony on Sunday, October 4.  It was an excellent and well-attended event and it was great to see five talented ladies vying for the position.  Congratulations to Vanessa Stiffarm who I know will be a great addition to our Royalty and a terrific representative of Indian Village.

2016 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, Vanessa Stiffarm receiving her crown.

2016 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, Vanessa Stiffarm receiving her crown.

 

3. On Monday, October 5 I was proud to unveil the original artwork for the 2016 Stampede Poster at an event at the Calgary Public Library.  The painting is titled “Born to Buck” and it represents and honours a stock breeding program carried on under the same name at the Stampede Ranch in Hanna, Alberta, as well as our successful rodeo stock contracting business, which services rodeos all across North America.  The artist, Michelle Grant, did a fantastic job of capturing the concept and she created a beautiful piece of art by any standard and the painting translates into an excellent poster.

Bill Gray, president and chairman on the board, artist Michelle Grant and the Calgary Stampede Queen & Princesses with the 2016 Calgary Stampede poster artwork. Visit a Calgary Public Library between October 6 and 11 to take a selfie with the 2016 Calgary Stampede poster and you could be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Rodeo or Evening Show and #Stampede2016. Visit www.calgarystampede.com/win2016poster for more details.

Artist Michelle Grant, the Calgary Stampede Queen & Princesses and me with the 2016 Calgary Stampede poster artwork. Visit a Calgary Public Library between October 6 and 11, 2015 to take a selfie with the 2016 Calgary Stampede poster and you could be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Rodeo or Evening Show and #Stampede2016. Visit www.calgarystampede.com/win2016poster for more details.

 

4. On a serious note, there is no question that many businesses and individuals in Calgary are facing tough economic times, as evidenced by the now almost daily announcements of job cuts.  Certainly the Stampede is not immune to the economic climate and you may be aware that we are revising our volunteer committee budgeting process accordingly. For the first time that I am aware of, a member of our Audit and Finance Committee Budget Group will be meeting directly with the Committee Chairs and staff liaisons to discuss and review the Committee budgets prior to their finalization.  The goal is to hopefully find some opportunities for savings but most importantly we wanted to involve the Committee Chairs in the decision-making process as I believe the Committees themselves know how their programs work and they are the best equipped to determine where cuts might be made and where they should not be made. I hope all the Committee Chairs will take the opportunity to provide their valuable input into this process.

Bill

WIN LIKE A STAMPEDE CHAMPION AT LILAC FESTIVAL 2015

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Are you getting ready to enter our amazing contest for a chance to WIN LIKE A CHAMPION at this year’s Lilac Festival? We want you to start thinking ahead to what you’re most looking forward to for this year’s upcoming #calgarystampede2015!

To help you get your early planning in motion, we’ve put together an amazing prize package totalling over $900 and we’re going to be giving this pack away to one lucky winner who is following us on twitter.

We won’t reveal the prize until Lilac Festival – just to keep some element of surprise for Sunday morning. Do you have any ideas as to what it might be? Feel free to tweet us your guesses! Continue reading

2015 Dairy Classic Championship Show

Last weekend, crowds gathered to the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Barns for the 2015 Dairy Classic Champion Show.

2015 Dairy Classic Show: Summer Yearlings.

2015 Dairy Classic Show: Summer Yearlings.

On Saturday, March 21, I attended the Dairy Classic to learn about what it takes to raise award-winning milk cows. Those in attendance saw dairy farmers reaping the rewards of decades of labour and generations worth of effort. The cows featured at the Dairy Classic have been selectively bred for milk production and type– the udders shown in the show are noticeably larger and the bodies are more streamlined than beef cattle you’re likely to see on your drives outside Calgary.

2015 Dairy Classic Show: Summer Yearlings.

2015 Dairy Classic Show: Summer Yearlings.

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The Stampede Park Sample Contest

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

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

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

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Ticket Give Away Frenzy Day 5 – Final Day!

Want to enter to win Rodeo tickets? Or perhaps you’d rather see the Grandstand? Have we got the contests for you! That’s right I said contests, plural, not singular!

Today is the last day that the Next Generation Committee (NGC) will be running online contests through our Twitter account (@CS_NGC). We have some great Grandstand Tickets to give away! Follow us on twitter and see what you need to do to be entered to win the prize.

Today’s (July 12, 2014) contest details & rules!

Prize Pack: 2 Tickets to the Grandstand on Sunday, July 13, 2014
How to enter to win the Grandstand tickets: We will be tweeting questions about Agriculture and the Western Legacy Awards – all you need to do is follow us (@CS_NGC) and answer the question correctly with #GrandstandTix2014 and you will be entered into the draw.

Good luck!

You must be over the age of 18 to enter, please read contest rules for eligibility requirements. Please remember that we will contact winners via Twitter and will need to hear from you within 12 hours to ensure that we can get the prize to you in time for the event!

 

Ticket Give Away Frenzy Day 4

Want to enter to win Rodeo tickets? Or perhaps you’d rather see the Grandstand? Have we got the contests for you! That’s right I said contests, plural, not singular!

From today (as in right now we have a contest going on) until Saturday, July 12, 2014 the Next Generation Committee (NGC) will be running online contests through our Twitter account (@CS_NGC). We have some great prize packs of Rodeo and Grandstand Tickets to give away! Follow us on twitter and see what you need to do to be entered to win the daily prize.

Today’s (July 11, 2014) contest details & rules!

Prize Pack: 2 Tickets to the Grandstand on Saturday, July 12, 2014
How to enter to win the Grandstand tickets: Tweet us (@CS_NGCyour favourite stampede animal photo with #GrandstandTix2014 and you will be entered into the draw.

Good luck!

You must be over the age of 18 to enter, please read contest rules for eligibility requirements. Please remember that we will contact winners via Twitter and will need to hear from you within 12 hours to ensure that we can get the prize to you in time for the event!

 

Ticket Give Away Frenzy Day 3

Want to enter to win Rodeo tickets? Or perhaps you’d rather see the Grandstand? Have we got the contests for you! That’s right I said contests, plural, not singular!

From today (as in right now we have a contest going on) until Saturday, July 12, 2014 the Next Generation Committee (NGC) will be running online contests through our Twitter account (@CS_NGC). We have some great prize packs of Rodeo and Grandstand Tickets to give away! Follow us on twitter and see what you need to do to be entered to win the daily prize.

Today’s (July 10, 2014) contest details & rules!

Prize Pack: 2 Tickets to the Rodeo on Saturday, July 12, 2014
How to enter to win the Rodeo tickets: We will be tweeting questions about Agriculture and the Western Legacy Awards from – all you need to do is follow us (@CS_NGC) and answer the question correctly with #RodeoTix2014 and you will be entered into the draw.
Winner: @triathlongal

Good luck!

You must be over the age of 18 to enter, please read contest rules for eligibility requirements. Please remember that we will contact winners via Twitter and will need to hear from you within 12 hours to ensure that we can get the prize to you in time for the event!

 

Ticket Give Away Frenzy Day 2!

Want to enter to win Rodeo tickets? Or perhaps you’d rather see the Grandstand? Have we got the contests for you! That’s right I said contests, plural, not singular!

From today (as in right now we have a contest going on) until Saturday, July 12, 2014 the Next Generation Committee (NGC) will be running online contests through our Twitter account (@CS_NGC). We have some great prize packs of Rodeo and Grandstand Tickets to give away! Follow us on twitter and see what you need to do to be entered to win the daily prize.

Today’s (July 9, 2014) contest details & rules!

Prize Pack: 4 Tickets to the Rodeo on Friday, July 11, 2014
How to enter to win the Rodeo tickets: Tweet (@CS_NGC) and tell us who you would bring to the Rodeo and why. Remember you only have 140 characters so be creative! Be sure to include #RodeoTix2014 and you will be entered into the draw.
Winner: @YYCjaron

Good luck!

You must be over the age of 18 to enter, please read contest rules for eligibility requirements. Please remember that we will contact winners via Twitter and will need to hear from you within 12 hours to ensure that we can get the prize to you in time for the event!

 

Ticket Give-Away Frenzy!

Want to enter to win Rodeo tickets? Or perhaps you’d rather see the Grandstand? Have we got the contests for you! That’s right I said contests, plural, not singular!

From today (as in right now we have a contest going on) until Saturday, July 12, 2014 the Next Generation Committee (NGC) will be running online contests through our Twitter account (@CS_NGC). We have some great prize packs of Rodeo and Grandstand Tickets to give away! Follow us on twitter and see what you need to do to be entered to win the daily prize. And because today (Tuesday, July 8, 2014) is the kick-off day to this “Ticket Give-Away Frenzy” we have 2 prize packs available to be won!

Good luck!

You must be over the age of 18 to enter, please read contest rules for eligibility requirements. Please remember that we will contact winners via Twitter and will need to hear from you within 12 hours to ensure that we can get the prize to you in time for the event!

Today’s (July 8, 2014) contest details & rules!

Prize Pack 1: 4 Tickets to the Rodeo on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Winner: @Monkeyincowtown 

How to enter to win the Rodeo tickets: Tweet (@CS_NGC) with a picture of any of the Agriculture & Animal displays or of you at any of the displays with #RodeoTix2014 and you will be entered into the draw.

Prize Pack 2: 4 Tickets to the Grandstand on Wednesday July 9, 2014
Winner: @elrednaxela

How to enter to win the Grandstand tickets: Tweet (@CS_NGC) with a picture of the new Western Agrium Building or of you enjoying the exhibits with #GrandstandTix2014 and you will get an entry into the draw.

Money Can’t Buy Stampede Experience Winners

Holly and her family with Dan James.
Yesterday our committee hosted two families who won a special unique experience thru contesting on twitter a few weeks back. We wanted to set up a series of amazing money-can’t-buy adventures often giving a behind the scenes look at life at the Calgary Stampede.

For this specific unique experience, Dan James hailing from Australia- an incredible horseman, invited our families into the arena at the Agrium Western Event Centre to interact with some of the horses he has trained.

First, the kiddos were up with a mini horse and they were naturals! Taking the reins and running thru the event area and commanding him to lay down were some of the highlights. Next up, Mom & Dad tested their nerves by sitting next to Dan & his horse on a big crash mat and more.

Our second family were welcomed into the arena to meet James and interact with the horses : lead by Jocelyn, included her three month old son- his first Stampede will be a memorable one!

You can catch James continue to push the limits of horsemanship and entertainment with his exhilarating performances, helping horse enthusiasts expand their knowledge thru the rest of our 10-day Calgary Stampede. This and so many other amazing Agriculture experiences await you! Check out the daily listings here.

Holly mentioned that she was so thrilled to have been given this chance at a once in a lifetime opportunity that her children will remember for years to come.

Our contest winners in the arena.
We’ve got more amazing experiences to share with you, check back daily to see what else is in store for some lucky families. There may even be a few more opportunities to come, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @CS_NGC so you don’t miss a thing!
Sarah