The Calgary Stampede “greatest outdoor show on earth” is an amazing part of Alberta culture. The stampede brings the entire city together, individuals and corporations alike, to celebrate Canadian heritage and western culture. For two weeks in July, tourists fill our beautiful city to experience the outrageous food at the midway, shave years off their lives on the rides, test the strength of their livers, and experience authentic rodeo and chuck wagon races. In fact, my great, great uncle, Casey Patterson of Gadsby, Alberta won the Bull Riding in 1923 Calgary Stampede. My grandfather, rode chuck wagons, but didn’t make it to the stampede level. My favourite part of the stampede is the music and the chuck wagon races. Country artists fill the stages of the stampede grounds, from the Coca Cola stage to the Saddledome and the Nashville North tent, there are so many options. This year I’m lucky enough to be going to three stampede concerts – Johnny Reid, Brooks and Dunn and Alabama! I am also excited to be hosting my cousins from Vancouver and experience the Calgary Stampede with them.
Robin K – Coril Holdings Ltd.