Celebrating together at the Calgary Stampede

After 100 years agriculture is still the backbone of the Calgary Stampede. Alberta Premier Alison Redford said it best during the Stampede, “This province is based on agriculture. You’ve gotta go to the barns!” And hundreds of thousands of people did just that. Many Stampede attendees took a walk through the Stampede barns to see the animals up close or meandered through Ag-tivity in the City to learn more about agriculture or took in one of the many ag-related events happening around the park. The Stampede exposes many urban people to agriculture (and for some its their first taste of ag).

I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Agriculture Media committee for three full days during the 10-day event. I quickly became familiar with the grounds, the events and met many friendly people. The committee was a perfect fit for me combining my love of agriculture with my passion for communications. I had a great time and look forward to next year.

Some Stampede highlights:

  • Evening Grandstand Show featuring country artist (and Calgarian) Paul Brandt and the fireworks
  • Afternoon rodeo
  • Ag-tivity in the City (interactive displays from various commodity groups teaching people about agriculture)
  • Heavy horse show featuring the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Cattle Trail (an interactive process describing the “gate to plate” process)
  • Tails: Three Horses, One Legend production which provides a history of the Calgary Stampede
  • Zip Line! I love exciting extreme adventures!
Here are some photos from the 2012 Calgary Stampede:

My Calgary Stampede volunteer shirt.

Up, up, up… The Stampede temporary zip line, which I went on of course!

The opening of the rodeo.

A six-horse hitch taking part in the Heavy Horse Show featuring the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (left side of photo).

The Cattle Trail entrance.

There were beautiful horses everywhere.

These sheep are ready to be sheared, especially on a hot day.

The Stampede Centennial quilt.

The vintage tractor pull.

The GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon races.

The TransAlta Grandstand Show called Century featuring Paul Brandt and The Young Canadians.

Happy 100th Birthday Calgary Stampede! Now that’s a huge cake!

Some of the amazing fireworks.

After four days of wearing my new boots, I think I’ve finally worn them in!

Here’s a special Calgary Stampede video. This song was written for the Centennial anniversary of the Stampede. We’re Greatest Together:

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