Calgary, Canada is the headquarters of Kidoodle.TV and is also home of the Calgary Stampede. Each July, the city embraces its western roots and hosts this grande outdoor rodeo, exhibition, and festival. The ten-day event is billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” and hosts roughly one million visitors each year. Walking through the city, it’s not uncommon to see people dressed in western wear and many businesses and storefronts decorated to match the event. Keeping in theme, we’ve rounded up nine things you should know about the Calgary Stampede.
- The event is over 100 years old and was first held in 1912.
- “Stampede Park,” located near the centre of Calgary, covers 208 acres.
- Who doesn’t love pancakes?! Dozens of “Pancake Breakfasts” are held across the city each day during stampede. Many are free and are hosted by community groups, churches, politicians, and the Stampede itself.
- The Calgary Stampede midway is a family-friendly fair complete with rides, concerts, food vendors, and games.
- A popular snack food at the midway are mini doughnuts. They’re so popular that more than two million are sold each year.
- The midway is also known for its wild food. This year’s fare includes deep-fried jello, Canadian bacon pickle balls, and maple walnut cotton candy. Intrigued? Check out this year’s line-up.
- Each year more than 30,000 Stampede posters are printed and posted around the world.
- The Calgary Stampede is a registered not-for-profit organization and has more than 2,000 year-round volunteers!
- The Young Canadians is a performing arts school and group that provides opportunities for young people to train in dance, voice, and performance. They’re taught by professional artists and each year perform for an audience of over 150,000 people during the Calgary Stampede.
To find more information about the Calgary Stampede, click here.
This year, the annual event runs from July 7 – 16 and you can find all the details (including how to purchase event tickets) on the official website.
Have you ever been to the Stampede? Are you heading down to the grounds this year? What are some of your fondest memories? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.
~ Alicia & Jeremy