Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is called The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for good reason. For 10 days every July Calgary, Alberta, Canada welcomes the world to a spectacular celebration of western heritage and values. The show attracts over one million visitors per year

Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. Evening nights are filled with Chuck Wagon races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. Stage shows featuring hundreds of singers, dancers and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular.

The event's roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. In 1912, American promoter Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and festival, known as the Stampede. He returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honour of soldiers returning from World War I. Weadick's festival became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

Organized by thousands of volunteers and supported by civic leaders, the Calgary Stampede has grown into one of the world's richest rodeos, one of Canada's largest festivals and a significant tourist attraction for the city.

Calgary's national and international identity is tied to the event. It is known as the "Stampede City", carries the informal nickname of "Cowtown" and the local Canadian Football League team is called the Stampeder's. The city takes on a party atmosphere during Stampede: office buildings and store fronts are painted in cowboy themes, residents don western wear and events held across the city include hundreds of pancake breakfasts and barbecues.

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