The Calgary Stampede made me a great lunch yesterday, so I
need to remind readers that the greatest outdoor show on earth is coming up
July 3 to 12. While officials promise the event will be bigger and better than
ever, I’m just hoping my favorite mini-doughnut stand is in the same location
as always so I don’t have to waste a lot of energy looking for it.
They have some great entertainment lined up during the show
– some I’ve even heard of – including Reba McIntyre, Kenny Chesney, Taylor
Swift and George Strait – and plenty of free shows with performers such as
Terri Clark, Joe Diffie, George Fox, Emerson Drive, Johnny Reid and many more
less familiar to me.
On the agricultural side, they don’t have the big livestock
shows like they use too, but there is a multi-breed beef cattle display in the
Stampede barns, which is a good warm up for the World Angus Forum July 13 to 16
being held at Spruce Meadows on the south side of Calgary.
The Dundee Wealth Heavy Horse Show will be running July 3 to
5 with some events accompanied by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. That
should be neat. The 30th World Blacksmith Competition runs July 1 to
5; there is a major sheep showcase with different events running through out
the 10 days. The
All Canadian Sheep Classic features 50 breeders with 325
head of sheep, which will be competing July 9 to 13.
The popular cutting horse competition runs July 7 to 9; the
United Farmers of Alberta Steer Classic runs during the show and there is a
vintage tractor show and pull July 4 and 5th.
Agrium is again sponsoring the Ag-tivity In The City, which
showcases many aspects of crop and livestock production geared for an urban
And of course, the world famous rodeo goes every afternoon
and the chuck wagons run every evening, followed by the grandstand show.
After doing all that, take a break with a corn dog and fries
and then be prepared to drop a million bucks on the midway. Come on, the kids
are worth it.
Mike Holmes, Canada’s TV celebrity handyman is the grand
marshal for the parade, which kicks off the whole event Friday morning July 3.
For details on the whole event go to their website at www.caglarystampede.com
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