Stampede: the greatest outdoor show on earth. How cool that it’s in our own backyard! The annual rodeo brings in over one million people to our city. It has been going on since 1912, but of course it has changed over the years, bringing in the midway and all the different foods we hear about.
Stampede has one of the largest rodeos, putting it into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Calgary can be known as “Stampede city” or “Cowtown” to some. Stampede is not only fun at the midway, while eating all kinds of different food and visiting all the stampede parties, but it is also a celebration of western culture.
For some families, it is a tradition to go down to the grounds and see the bull riding, barrel racing, or another of the many other sports the rodeo has. For others, it is about walking around the grounds and taking in the new energy that has taken over the city for 10 days. As for me, I like to do both. I remember my grandpa taking my family and I to see the chuck wagon races. That is something about the stampede I’ll always remember!
The festival brings a spirit across the city, and most people will choose to put away their formal work attire and bring out their jeans and cowboy boots for the week at work. Stampede connects our whole city together.
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