That’s a wrap! The Calgary Stampede has once again come to a close. Exciting programming and special offers combined with hot, summer weather brought strong attendance to Stampede Park July 7 – 16, 2017. Guests from near and far came to our city to enjoy The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and take part in family traditions, new events and Canada 150th celebrations.
“I want to start off by thanking Calgary, its citizens, our neighbours, guests and international visitors we’ve had from around the world for coming to this year’s Stampede,” says David Sibbald, president & chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede. “The Calgary Stampede has been an iconic symbol of volunteerism, community spirit and western values for more than a century, a gathering place for the community,” adds Sibbald.
Warren Connell, chief executive officer, Calgary Stampede further adds to the sentiment of another successful Stampede, “The Calgary Stampede is really about engaging the community, celebrating the past but also building for the future. I’d like to thank our sponsors, the community; the Government of Alberta plays a particular role. Without all of these groups working together we could never produce this very special festival,” says Connell.
Following on the success from this year’s 10-day event, we look forward to celebrating our Western heritage and community spirit with you again. See you next year!
Chuckwagon and Agriculture Competition Results:
Full rodeo results here.
Details on night ten of the GMC Rangeland Derby can be found here.
Daily agriculture results can be found here.
Usher supports local and indigenous artisans: “The whole experience was absolutely surreal,” Amy Willier of Moonstone Creation Native Art Gallery & Gift Shop says after getting to spend the day with popstar Usher. Usher was the feature performer of the Saturday, July 15 Virgin Mobile Concert Series in the Scotiabank Saddledome and headed down early to take a stroll through the Calgary Stampede markets to find some unique goods.
The sights and sounds of Bollywood light up the International Pavilion: The costumes dazzled, the music was mystical and took you to a faraway place; one that awakened the senses. This year, Elements of Bollywood delighted audiences at Stampede Park with exhilarating performances by Toronto-based dance group, Infuzion Artistry.
Adult Pow-Wow features stunning regalia and fast footwork full of culture and traditions: “Spending the last week here made me realize the impact that the Calgary Stampede can have. So thank you for coming out to experience our culture,” 2017 Indian Princess Savanna Sparvier said in her welcome address during the Adult Pow Wow Grand Entry.
Junior Steer Classic final announced: While other kids their age scampered between rides on the midway and scarfed down deep-fried delicacies at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, Emma Thomason and Grace Glover spent some quality cousin time in the livestock barn, watching over their livestock.
Calgary Stampede celebrates International Youth Livestock Supreme Championship and Scholarship winners: Just like the cowboys who hold on to a bucking bronc for dear life, the team cattle penning riders who bullet into a herd to cut out a cow and the sheep shearers who clip against the clock, the participants in the International Youth Livestock Supreme Championship and Scholarships thrive on the competition.
North American Sheep Shearing Challenge winner announced: You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but a fortysomething sheep shearer can still learn a thing or two.
Just ask John Beasley, a sheep rancher from Youngstown, AB who picked up the clippers six short years ago. Since then, he’s earned the Reserve Intermediate Champion title in 2015 and 2016 in the North American Sheep Shearing Challenge at the Calgary Stampede. He was back at it this year.
Calgary Stampede’s Blacksmith Classic champion declared: Surrounded by shimmering waves of heat thrown out by the constantly fired forges, competitors in the Calgary Stampede’s Blacksmith Classic formed steel to their will as they harnessed their skills in the ancient craft. Despite technological advances in the field, the 15 entrants used tried-and-true methods passed down through the generations.
Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull champion announced: The silver anniversary of the Heavy Horse Pull at the Calgary Stampede attracted competitors from far and wide, including a teamster who was among the original 13 entrants when the event launched in 1992.
While some things have changed — the competition is now spread over three nights of action in the Agrium Western Event Centre instead of having all the classes in the same arena every night — others are the same as they were 25 years ago.
Championship Sunday at the Calgary Stampede lived up to its reputation of stellar action once again: It was a phenomenal three-peat for Zeke Thurston in the saddle bronc riding. The Big Valley talent met up with an old friend, the Northcott Macza horse Get Smart in the Final Four.
Sunday, July 16, 2017: 117,514
Same day 2016: 151,695
Cumulative attendance for 2017: 1,214,972
See more at calgarystampede.com