Introducing the jaw-dropping flavours hitting the Midway at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

From sweet to heat, the jaw-dropping flavours hitting the Midway at the Calgary Stampede this year are sure to tickle your taste buds. With new treats like Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls, Deep-fried Jell-O and delicious twists on classics like Funnel Cake Poutine, you’ll want to loosen your belt buckles and head on down to Stampede Park for all 10-days!

“We have 40 new innovative foods this year that push the envelope of traditional midway food,” says James Radke, Calgary Stampede midway operations manager.

All of our new dishes have been created exclusively for the Calgary Stampede and this might be your only chance to test your tongue on extreme foods, taste the trends and even chomp on Canadian-inspired eats. And remember, you can always please your palate on good ‘ol traditional Stampede classics!

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Crispy Chicken Feet on a Stick

We dare you…

World’s Hottest Pizza

This pizza is HOT. Infused with ghost peppers, this pizza will have you running for a glass of water. Think you can handle the heat?

WorldsHottestPizzaOne Metre Long Sausage

At a metre long, this sausage is one of a kind- topped with sautéed bell peppers, onions and a house sauce. This delicious value goes a long way!

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Deep Fried Jell-O

Just when you thought it couldn’t be deep fried…we did it! Each ball is stuffed with Jell-O then deep fried, and sprinkled with a sweet powdered sugar!

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Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls

Did you drool over the Big Pickle Dog last year and imagine what bacon would taste like wrapped around it? Well eat your hearts out for our new twist of the Big Pickle Dog…introducing the Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls.  Wrapped sizzling juicy bacon around the hot dog and pickle, cut them in half, battered and then deep fried…each served on a stick.

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Funnel Cake Poutine

A Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake with a Canadian twist, you can’t go wrong with cheese and gravy. Bringing the combination of sweet and savory to a whole new level!

Funnel Cake Poutine

The Cookie Dough-ne

Raw cookie dough in a waffle cone so that you can walk around eating as you go – complete with a made to order Stampede Halo made of Cotton candy, with sprinkles of course!

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Pie Shake

This is our best version of fusion cooking! Homemade Pie (or cake) in several flavours and hand scooped milkshakes, covered in whipped cream and topped with more delicious Pie!

Pie Shake

Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies

We’re landing in Thailand this year to enjoy the fresh summer flavours of Chili and Lime with the new Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies. These mini perogies are topped with crispy panko crusted shrimp drizzled with sweet chili glaze and a spicy siracha mayo! All finished with crisp cucumbers and a mist of lime juice topped on a fluffy perogy.

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Cereal Monster Sandwiches

This ice cream sandwich was made to be legendary! With a monster portion of ice cream, crushed between two cereal infused marshmallow squares, the size is second to the taste!

Cereal Monster Sandwich

Mini Donut-Chata

This is a Mexican Horchata taken to the next level with ice cold cinnamon Dulce rice milk, rimmed with toffee bits and then topped with whipped cream. Then we sprinkle more toffee bits, cinnamon toast crunch cereal and caramel drizzle.

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Angry Chicken Sandwich

Breaded chicken breast, dressed with chipotle aioli and sweet & sour sauce, layered with crunchy coleslaw in a warm, soft brioche bun. This is a creation any foodie will love!

Angry Chicken Sandwhich

Rolled Ice Cream

The latest trend in frozen treats is coming to the 2017 Calgary Stampede! Thai Rolled Ice Cream is just what it sounds like: little delicious rolls of ice cream, packed into a cup, then topped with all the needed extras (whipped cream, graham crackers, strawberries, brownies and so much more). This Rolled Ice Cream treat can only be found in the International Pavilion!

Rolled Ice Cream

Mr. Crab

A tempura nori taco shell loaded with sushi rice, California crab meat and topped with a tempura fried soft shell crab, drizzled with a special unagi and mango sauce.

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Maple Bacon Artisan Donuts

We take our fresh warm Mini Donuts and top them with cinnamon and icing sugar, a delicious maple glaze and real chopped bacon! A perfect way to celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday! OH CANADA!

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Unicorn White Hot Chocolate

Decadent creamy steamed white hot chocolate – surrounded in rainbow sour poppers, sprinkles, sugary stars, a ribbon rainbow tail and blanketed with a fluffy cotton candy cloud. This unicorn drink will leave you feeling magical!

The Unicorn Hot chocolate

Butter Chicken Bear Balls

These golden deep fried balls are smothered in a delicious butter chicken sauce, sprinkled with fresh cilantro and topped with a candy coated anise.

Butter Chicken Bear Balls

Rabbit Pizza

Our traditional thin crust flatbread pizza gets a new twist this year. Locally sourced, and sustainably grown, the slow roasted pulled rabbit is drizzled with organic dark honey over a layer of mouthwatering toppings.

Rabbit Pizza

Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Dog

Making it easy to get cheesy! We’re taking our award winning bacon wrapped foot-long hot dog and topping it with our homemade Bacon Mac N’ Cheese.

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Maple Walnut Cotton Candy

Commemorating our countries 150 birthday, Maple Walnut Cotton Candy is truly unique. Made from real maple syrup and infused with chopped walnuts!

Maple Walnut Cotton Candy

Hickory Smoked Cordon Bleu Stuffed Burger

Hickory smoked lean fresh ground beef patties perfectly stuffed with Swiss cheese and honey cured ham. This is the perfect blend, the smokiness of the beef, the stringiness of the cheese and the sweetness of the ham, all packed in an Angus beef patty served on a glazed fresh brioche bun.

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Pineapple Express Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese went on a vacation and came back with this righteous combo! Traditional mac & cheese topped with diced ham, pineapple and a teriyaki reduction. ALOHA!

Pineapple Express Mac & Cheese

Papri Cone

A waffle cone lined with house seasoning, filled with homemade corn chips, potatoes, chickpeas, onions and doused in yogurt and tamarind sauce.

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Rain Drop Cake

Come sing in the rain with us! After you have our Rain Drop Cake, you’ll be singing for sure! This jiggly dessert is known for its unique appearance, texture and sensation that is savoured in your mouth before it collapses into a crisp and cool drink of water. It is served with roasted soybean flour and black sugar syrup.

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Who let the dogs out? – Poutine

Crispy golden fries smothered with authentic cheese curds and gravy, topped with grilled sliced wieners and cattleman’s sauce.

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Unicorn Cookie Dough

Childhood dreams come true at the Calgary Stampede! No longer will you need to beg for some cookie dough, you will get to eat the entire bowl…with your own wooden spoon! Try all three flavors: Unicorn, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter.

Unicorn Cookie Dough

The Texas Waffle

Southern fried chicken on a Texas-shaped waffle. Aged cheese and chopped jalapenos are freshly baked inside the waffle and to top it all off, thick sweet maple syrup is drizzled on top!

The Texas Waffle

Chili Chill-Chill

This new drink is bringing on the heat with the new feature lemonade: Chili Chill-Chill. Made with classic freshly squeezed lemonade that is infused with three different chili peppers and a hint of lime! The Chili Chill-Chill will heat you up and chill you down at the same time.

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The Ruben Dog

Corn beef wrapped in Swiss cheese dipped in batter and fried to perfection…served with an aioli horseradish.

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Clam Chowder Poutine

Try this incredible poutine! Creamy clammy goodness on top of crisp and piping hot cheesy French fries, garnished with crispy crab meat and parsley.

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Dill Pickle Pizza

Dill infused pizza mixed with traditional crust and cheesy goodness! Topped with a juicy dill pickle!

Dill Pickle Pizza

Deep Fried Pork Belly

Thick slabs of pork belly, marinated for 24 hrs to perfection then deep fried, creating a crispy crunchy skin and juicy tender moist inside. Move over bacon there’s a new pork king at the Stampede!

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The Troll Cotton Candy Ice Poppy

A cotton candy ice pop – all trolled up with a classic swirl of pink cotton candy, made to order!

The Troll Cotton Candy Ice Poppy

The Tropical Bobster

The best lobster poutine there is! Juicy lobster, garnished with mango salsa and fresh coriander served on traditional crispy warm fries!

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Cheese Curds

Cheese…is…BACK! It’s official, we are proud to announce the return of the famous deep-fried cheese for this year’s Stampede. With mouthwatering options from fried mozzarella sticks and hot and spicy jalapeño cheese to cheddar bites and of course Canadian cheese curds, our menu will have you saying ‘more cheese please!

Cheese Curds

Waffle Taco

It’s everyone’s favorite summer treat ice cream in a waffle cone, but with a new fun twist – not only is the ice cream rolled and mixed with your favorite toppings, it also comes in  a waffle cone shaped as a taco and dipped in chocolate.

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Mexican Corn – The Flamming Cheto

Traditional corn, with a Mexican twist!

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Amsterdam Fries

Triple cooked fresh thick steak with grown frying potatoes specially cut topped with a range of chef created mayo based sauces.

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Tater Bombs

Deep fried mashed potatoes…do we need to say more?

Tater Bombs

Corn Dog Fried Shrimp

Two giant skewered shrimp golden fried in our famous corndog king batter. The only question is mustard or cocktail sauce?

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You don’t have to cram your whole foodie experience into one day! With the Stampede SuperPass you can have unlimited access to Stampede Park July 6 – 16 for just $39 plus tax. The SuperPass is available online starting May 22 at CalgaryStampede.com/superpass.

Only available for a limited time until June 12, get yours before they’re gone!

Stay tuned for more food blogs and our annual Food Map coming soon!

The Calgary Stampede rolls out the welcome mat for Rendez-vous Canada!

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The Calgary Stampede Showriders welcome delegates to RVC 2017!

They came from all four corners of the globe with one goal in mind, to take the tourism industry to the next level, networking at Canada’s largest premier tourism show, Rendez-vous Canada (RVC).  This week the Calgary Stampede was pleased to host the world-renowned event at BMO Centre on Stampede Park, presented by Tourism Calgary, Travel Alberta and Destination Canada. The event, celebrating 41 years, hosts some 1,500 international attendees in a different Canadian city annually.

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The Calgary Stampede’s booth at RVC 2017.

“RVC Canada is the most important tourism show the Calgary Stampede attends. It provides us with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry leaders, tour operators and tourism partners,” says Lindsay Jardine, manager, tourism sales.

Not only does the show serve as a great networking opportunity, but it showcases the endless opportunities and economic support the Calgary Stampede brings to both the city of Calgary and the province of Alberta.

“RVC is a great platform to present the opportunities we can offer to markets around the globe and that business has a direct impact on Alberta’s economy,” says Jardine.

On average the Calgary Stampede welcomes close to two million guests annually for the Stampede festival and for meetings and conventions throughout the year. This brings in approximately $345 million annually to the province of Alberta.

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Attendees get a taste of Stampede at a private rodeo at the Western Agrium Events Centre on Stampede Park on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Networking aside, the Calgary Stampede also provided delegates with a taste of the excitement Stampede offers, with a western-themed breakfast and a private rodeo just for attendees.

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Attendees take in the rodeo with their white cowboy hats and western wear!

“It was a great day for all, we thank those who attended and we look forward to working with you in the future,” says Jardine.

 

Calgary Stampede debuts new Art Walk brochure at Jane’s Walk 2017

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Imagine the excitement of watching your first Calgary Stampede Parade or the anticipation of participating in a round up and leading a herd of horses across the Bow River. The Calgary Stampede’s public art pieces allow you to imagine these experiences and more.

The Stampede has 19 pieces of public art located throughout Stampede Park, and two other pieces located in downtown Calgary.

This year, the Calgary Stampede Public Art committee has created a new Art Walk brochure to include recent art installations and to provide a better guest experience.

Also featured is the newest art installation, Rainbow Trout, an impressionistic piece by Calgary artist Jeff De Boer located in Enmax Park near MacDonald Bridge. De Boer’s inspiration for the piece was his fond memories of spending beautiful summer days fly fishing along the Elbow River. The sculpture is symbolic of diversity and serves as a gateway between the Calgary Stampede and the Ramsay community.

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Rainbow Trout installation on Stampede Park.

The new brochure will debut at this year’s Jane’s Walk at Stampede Park, happening Sunday, May 7, 2017.  Jane’s Walk is a global festival that encourages people to get out and explore their communities in a new way.

Come out and meet our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Stampede volunteers from the Historical and Public Art committees at 1p.m. on May 7 in front of the Cowboys Casino. Participants will receive a copy of the brochure and a guided tour of the public art pieces on Stampede Park. Refreshments will be provided and the Calgary Stampede Trolley will be on hand to help transport participants along the route.

To do your own self-guided tour of the public art on Stampede Park, pick up a copy of the brochure at the Stampede Headquarters Building and at tourist information centre’s throughout the city. The brochure will also be available at a later date on our website: http://art.calgarystampede.com/art-walk.

2017 Jane’s Walk at Stampede Park

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Cowboy’s Casino – 421 12 Ave. SE.

We hope you join us for an afternoon filled with beautiful pieces of art!

Calgary Stampede Talent Search live auditions return to Boyce Theatre

For over 35 years, the Calgary Stampede Talent Search has been finding and nurturing young amateur performing artists, seeking the brightest talent from across Canada. This weekend, May 5 – 7, 2017, auditions once again begin in search of young entertainers seeking the limelight, at the Boyce Theatre located on Stampede Park.

Taking the stage at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Talent Search

Taking the stage at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Talent Search

Billed as a unique experience helping talented Canadian youth expand their artistic passions, young performers 6-21 years of age are invited down to Stampede Park to give it their all, taking the stage to impress audiences and judges alike. Performers 6 – 12 years of age will compete for a spot in the Stampede Week competition and development opportunities. Performers 13 – 21 years of age will compete for a spot in the Stampede Week competition, the chance to win the Grand Prize of $10,000 cash, a one-of-a-kind belt buckle, and a customized performer development package. Continue reading

TransAlta Grandstand Show promises to deliver a uniquely Canadian experience

There’s only one way to tell Canada’s story: big! As Canadians celebrate the nation’s milestone 150 birthday, the annual TransAlta Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede joins the party this week, announcing the creative spectacular Together. Together is an exhilarating spectacle that promises grand imagery and breathtaking performances only available at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

One of the many talents performing front and center at the TransAlta Grandstand Show

Produced by Dave Pierce, Emmy Award winner for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Together is a force of creativity with outstanding voices and talent coming together from coast-to-coast-to-coast to bring audiences an unforgettable experience.

“The Olympic ceremonies set a benchmark for showcasing Canada. Together will be the biggest, most visually spectacular show yet, an extravaganza not to be missed — made right here at home just for the Calgary Stampede,”says Pierce.

Hosted by Canadian icon, Jann Arden and backed by an all Canadian creative team, the TransAlta Grandstand Show also features the talents of the Alberta Ballet, The Young Canadians, Calgary’s adult choir Revv52, Inuit throat singers, Cailyn DeGrandpre and Samantha Kigutaq, among many other inspiring performances by musicians, acrobats and dancers of all ages. Continue reading

7 Things to Know About the Stampede Showband’s 2017 Production: Mosaic

In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday, the Calgary Stampede Showband is thrilled to announce its 2017 production, Mosaic. Local audiences will have the opportunity to see Mosaic at Music ‘n Motion on Sunday, May 14, 2017 and at Showbands Live! on Sunday, July 9, 2017 and Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The Stampede Showband will also perform the music from the production every evening on the Saddledome Steps during the 2017 Stampede, happening July 6–16, 2017.

Here are 7 fun facts about the show:

1. Mosaic is a special collaboration with the Stampede’s Indian Events Committee. It has been designed in collaboration with local historians and Indigenous leaders and features local Indigenous youth drummers, singers, and dancers who will wear their own regalia during performances.

2. Acclaimed local poet and star of Making Treaty 7, Alanna Blackrider Onespot, is leading the collaboration and storytelling as the showband’s Indigenous artistic director.

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Stephanie Big Plume, Shenoa Snow, Alanna Blackrider Onespot, Anthony Crowshoe and Dakota Martial attended their first Showband rehearsal earlier this winter.

3. The production is all about the past, present, and future of Canada and its people, exploring themes of purity, conflict, reconciliation, diversity and inclusion.

4. Music will include A Movement for Rosa by Mark Camphouse, Time, Forward! by Georgy Sviridov, Godspeed! By Stephen Melillo, and Hymn to the Sun with the Beat of Mother Earth by Satoshi Yagisawa.

The Showband uses music and movement to tell a story. This year, the Showband will be joined by Indigenous dancers, drummers, and singers.

The showband uses music and movement to tell a story on the field.

5. The Stampede Showband’s design team includes some of the world’s top marching arts professionals, including: front ensemble; Ian Hale, percussion; Colin McNutt, program design; Keith Potter, drill design; Jamey Thompson, colour guard design; Jennifer Leseth  and musical arranger; Michael Klesch. This talented group have worked with elite ensembles including: the Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, The Cadets, Phantom Regiment, the Madison Scouts and Boston Crusaders (if you don’t know who these groups are, it’s worth looking them up on YouTube).

6. This summer, the Stampede Showband will travel to the Netherlands to compete in the World Music Contest (WMC), where they’ll share Canada’s story on the world stage performing Mosaic for over 20,000 people in Kerkrade.

7. Approximately 800 hours of rehearsal time will go into preparing for the competition in Kerkrade!

Looking Forward Toward Summer 2017, Calgary Stampede Announces Reverse Parade Route

Taking the stage Thursday, March 28, 2017, Calgary Stampede president & chairman, David Sibbald, gathered the city’s local media in the Boyce Theatre, making a special announcement about the 2017 Stampede Parade. Before making it to the end of the speech, the five-time world champion Calgary Stampede Showband and arrived on stage doing what they do best, playing their heart out and adding to the air of mystery in the room.

Calgary Stampede president & chairman, David Sibbald on stage with the Calgary Stampede Show Band

Calgary Stampede president & chairman, David Sibbald on stage with the Calgary Stampede Showband

Always a man for detail, the Stampede’s fearless leader asked the band to turn about-face, reversing the formation, aptly matching the announcement of a new direction for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Parade route! “The Stampede is now, and always will be, a gathering place for the community to celebrate western traditions and enjoy western hospitality with friends, family and guests.” Said Sibbald, “Today is about an invitation to come watch the iconic Stampede Parade …travelling in a reversed direction on the same route…” Continue reading

Stampede’s solid financial health

In 2016 the Stampede continued to respond to the changing environment while protecting the financial health of the organization. We took on the extra challenge in 2016 to ensure our expenses were aligned with our expected revenue. We worked hard to reduce costs in order to address the anticipated decline in revenue. The end result: a bottom line community investment of more than $2 million in both 2015 and 2016 respectively. This allows us to provide the best support for our community programs, facilities and activities.

Here are some financial and community investment facts:

  • As a not-for-profit organization, our goal is to manage our finances in a way that ensures we can deliver the great experiences our community expects.
  • Yes we had a $12 million reduction to our revenue between 2015 and 2016, but we were very proactive about reducing expenses through both our annual budgets and throughout the past two years since the start of the economic downturn.
  • We expanded our programming and community events with the opening of ENMAX Park in 2016.
  • We continue to actively work with the Calgary Stampede Foundation on the development of Youth Campus.
  • Our ongoing capital budget is higher than it has been over the last couple of years and we are undertaking additional renovations on Stampede Park to make this an even better place for our community.

As a 105-year-old organization steeped in history and tradition we have survived because of our ability to change and adapt. “We continue to be out in our community listening and reacting to what they have to say,” says Warren Connell, Calgary Stampede CEO. “We are looking at how to engage the community and set up programs that appeal to everyone. We have a number of new exciting initiatives planned for the community in 2017 and we look forward to sharing these plans starting this afternoon with an exciting announcement about the Parade.”

The Stampede is a reflection of our community and we work hard to meet and exceed expectations. If you’re interested, we invite you to read our detailed financial statements and learn more about how we give back to the community in our annual Report to the Community.

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Where in the world is the Showband headed next?

The Calgary Stampede Showband is thrilled to announce that they will be travelling to compete in the World Music Contest (WMC) in Kerkrade, The Netherlands in summer 2017. WMC is the Olympics of music taking place over four weeks from Thursday, July 6 – Sunday, July 30, 2017. The event will feature more than 260 musical ensembles and 20,000 individual musicians. The Showband will be leaving right after Stampede to compete in the marching show band class on Sunday, July 30 against 60 other marching show bands from around the globe.

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The Showband is a youth performance ensemble that rehearses and performs year round. Photo credit: Kien Le.

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Take the road less travelled to the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler

On October 12-16, the Calgary Stampede will welcome hundreds of competitors from across North America to the annual Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. Some will fly in. Others will come, hauling horses from thousands of miles away. The end goal is the prestigious competition in the state-of-the-art Agrium Western Event Centre. But getting here, and enjoying the city and surrounding countryside can make the experience just that much more memorable.

We spoke with two of the top competitors from 2015 about the competition, and the importance of enjoying the scenery along the way. Russ Elrod, the 2015 Open Futurity Champion, resides in Terrebonne, Oregon.  Carl Gerwien, the 2015 Non Pro Futurity Champion, lives just outside of Calgary near the town of Nanton, Alberta.

Russ Elrod, 2015 Open Futurity Champion

Russ Elrod, 2015 Open Futurity Champion

Carl Gerwien, 2015 Non Pro Futurity Champion

Carl Gerwien, 2015 Non Pro Futurity Champion

 

 

Calgary Stampede: You come to Calgary for the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity. What is your favourite thing about it? Continue reading

Riding high in Houston with the Calgary Stampede

Canadian saddle bronc competitor Clay Elliott wasn’t too sure just how to react after his big Rodeo Houston win on one of the Calgary Stampede’s top horses.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” Elliott told local media. “I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with $50,000.”

The Nanton, Alberta cowboy scored the huge paycheck by winning a ride-off in the finals on board Stampede Warrior. It was one of many notable performances by Calgary Stampede horses at the Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas. In total, Stampede horses competed 84 times in front of 1.3 million attendees over the course of 21 performances. And they definitely caught the attention of the cowboys and the crowd, as they do year after year.

Stampede Warrior competing at Rodeo Houston in 2014

Stampede Warrior competing at Rodeo Houston in 2014

“They captured an incredible 14 go-round wins and more than $110,000 in prize money in Houston,” says Robert Wise, director of Western Events & Agriculture for the Calgary Stampede. The highest marked ride of the rodeo was given to Austin Foss, who scored 91 points on the Reserve World Champion, Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery. Continue reading

New adventures, new home for Aggie Days!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to kiss a llama? Or how a tiny bee can turn nectar into honey? At Aggie Days the answers, adventures and wonder await! And this year you will be able to find them in the Agrium Western Event Centre.

“The new location means a new way of exploring Aggie Days. As you walk through the Agrium Centre and wander through AltaLink Hall you will find new things to see and do,” says Aggie Days committee member Josh Traptow. “Our Aggie Days team has also been working hard to ensure there are brand new experiences for our visitors, many who join us year after year, but also familiar ones as well.”

Children can get up close and personal with a variety of animals at Aggie Days

Children can get up close and personal with a variety of animals at Aggie Days

Aggie Days is a place of wonder where children can see and learn about where their food comes from, how animals can be hard working helpers and of course, have a lot of fun. From farmers and ranchers, bee keepers to weavers, many different experts will be sharing their love for what they do and just how exactly it all happens. Continue reading

Showband 2016: In Pursuit

The Calgary Stampede Showband is thrilled to announce its 2016 production, In Pursuit. Inspired by classic heist films and television, the production will take the Showband’s audiences on an intriguing and exciting chase as the band tracks down a stolen briefcase. Check out the quick teaser trailer below!

In Pursuit will feature music including Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint”, John Powell’s “Tangiers”, Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s “Equilibrium”, Adele’s “Skyfall”, and the theme from The Streets of San Francisco. Oscillating between minimalist, comical, and dramatic elements, this production will have a wide emotional range. According to the Calgary Stampede’s Director of Bands Aaron Park, In Pursuit will be both suspenseful and fun. “It’s not necessarily a story about detectives or spies, although it has that same feeling of mystery and intrigue. It’s sort of a ‘catch me if you can’ story; everyone is after the same elusive briefcase and what may be inside. “Electric Counterpoint” is woven throughout the show as a recurring motif to bring out that feeling of pursuit, mystery, and intrigue.”

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Showband Tour 2016: Midwest USA

What does the Calgary Stampede Showband do the week before the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth? They go on tour across the Midwestern United States of course! This summer, the Showband will travel to perform in Minnesota and Wisconsin from June 24 to July 5, 2016, coming back to Calgary just in time for the 10-day Calgary Stampede.

In 2015, the Showband won "Best in Show" at DCI's SoundSport competition in Indianapolis.

In 2015, the Showband won “Best in Show” at DCI’s SoundSport competition in Indianapolis.

Taking their unique brand of western hospitality and performance on the road, the Showband’s tour will include a stop at the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, Minnesota. The Showband will perform in the Vikingland Band Festival parade (which features only marching bands!) and will perform its 2016 field production in exhibition at the what is considered the largest and most prestigious summer marching band competition in the Midwest. Continue reading