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Planning a trip to Canada this summer? If
there's any Canadian summer event that you simply cannot miss, it's the Calgary
Every year a crowd of over a million strong
descends upon Calgary, Alberta for what has been dubbed "the greatest
outdoor show on earth." As huge of a spectacle as it comes, the Calgary
Stampede is a bout of non-stop action, even if cowboy boots and oversized rancher
caps aren't part of your regular wardrobe.
Since the first event over a century ago,
the Stampede has evolved from a simple local parade and rodeo to become
Canada's foremost summer festival full of high-octane rodeo competitions,
belt-busting foods, and world-class concerts.
At the Calgary Stampede's main arena, the
world's bravest cowboys and cowgirls get the crowd roaring as they meet
face-to-face with untamed beasts to compete in events such as bull riding,
steer wrestling, chuck wagon racing and roping. For these gutsy competitors,
the risks are high but so too are the rewards with winners standing to cash out
at $100,000 for each individual event.
Besides the rodeo itself, the showgrounds
in Stampede Park have become an important part of the event. The large
midway—an excellent family-friendly alternative to the high-energy rodeo
events—features carnival rides, game booths, and live shows including concerts
On the main stage at the nearby Saddledome,
some of country and rock music’s biggest stars rock out through the night. In
the past, the Calgary Stampede has welcomed artists like Garth Brooks, the
Beach Boys, and Brad Paisley while those lucky enough to attend in 2014 will
enjoy music from country superstars like Keith Urban, Shania Twain, and Reba
For adventurous foodies doubling as attendees,
however, the Stampede's biggest draw is quickly becoming the eccentric food
stalls dotting the main park. All of the typical Canadian festival food fixings
are there—hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, and poutine—along with a few quirky, and
If blasting your taste buds with obscure
dishes is a must, have a gander at some of this year's wackiest Stampede food
choices including crocodile burgers, deep-fried donut bacon cheeseburgers, deep-fried
Reese peanut butter cups, and Tokyo teriyaki corn dogs. Still not adventurous
enough for you? The eccentric Stampede chefs have got you covered with their
creation of the most bizarre food of the 2014 Calgary Stampede: seasoned
Whether you visit for the intense action or
the offbeat foods, there's one guarantee: the Calgary Stampede will forever be
as wild as the wild west that inspired it.
Would you ever attend the Calgary Stampede?
Which event or activity would you look forward to most? Have your say in the
comments section below!
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