Calgary Stampede Daily News Briefing – Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Join the best Calgary Stampede send-off in town at ALBERTA MADE presented by Budweiser, feat. Corb Lund

Make the Calgary Stampede you final party destination with ALBERTA MADE presented by Budweiser at Nashville North. The night will feature homegrown Albertan country music sensation, Corb Lund.

Adding to the lineup is Trevor Panczak, opening for Lund on the Nashville North stage on July 16 starting at 10 p.m. Both artists are Alberta born and prolific voices on the Canadian country music scene. ALBERTA MADE presented by Budweiser will light up the grand finale to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Full media release

Full rodeo results here.
Chuckwagon Racing:
Details on night four of the GMC Rangeland Derby can be found here.

Agriculture Results
Daily agriculture results can be found here.

What’s happening today:


Coca-Cola Stage

9:15 p.m.

Nashville North

Foxx Worthee,
8 p.m – 9 p.m.

Meghan Patrick
10 p.m.

Tanya Ryan,
12 a.m., 1 a.m.

Scotiabank Saddledome

Usher and the Roots
7:30 p.m.

Hits of the Day

Strongman Demonstrations, Crowd Challenges & Kids Strength Challenge: The Strength Edge puts on an exhibition of common strongman lifts and challenges. Experienced competitors will be available to explain, demonstrate and challenge spectators in some of the common disciplines of the sport of Strongman. Bring your kids down before 3 p.m. each day to participate in a strength challenge run by experienced coach and former Alberta’s Strongest Woman competitor Sarah Weigand and Crossfit Most’s Jenn Swagar. Community Park South, 11 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Amateur Men’s Strongman competition 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Also happening today

Calgary Stampede Blacksmith Classic, Agrium Western Event Centre
Join us as we showcase six of the best Blacksmith teams
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Donatello & Leonardo, BMO Kid’s Zone
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

International Livestock Auctioneer Championships, Agrium Western Event Centre
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Interesting Stories

Kurt Bensmiller captures 2017 Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award

It’s undeniable. Kurt Bensmiller is the hottest chuckwagon driver in the land. On day eight of racing action at the GMC Rangeland Derby, Bensmiller posted a total time of 8:36.03, top in the aggregate. For the win, he takes home the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Trophy and a 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 truck.

Settled, too, are Saturday’s semifinal contestants. Bensmiller is joined by the next seven fastest drivers this week (in order) – Logan Gorst, Obrey Motowylo, Chad Harden, Chanse Vigen, Troy Dorchester, Kirk Sutherland and Evan Salmond. Saturday night they will race for a spot in the final dash for cash on Sunday. That race is a winner-take-all $100,000 race.

Full story

Calgary Stampede Ranch Rodeo showcases rodeo’s rich history

Ranch hands tackle their demanding work in all kinds of weather, in all kinds of situations, from drenching downpours on the open prairie to seething snowstorms in the foothills of Alberta. On Friday, however, a select group of veteran cowboys showcased their skills in a decidedly more comfortable setting: tdhe Agrium Western Event Centre at the Calgary Stampede.

Four teams of working ranch hands faced off in the inaugural Ranch Rodeo, taking part in a series of competitions that mirrored the day-to-day tasks that take place on operations across the West. The demonstration event was organized by the Stampede’s Western Performance Horse committee.

Full story

Attendance Results:

Friday July 14, 2017 122,126
Same day 2016: 81,773

Cumulative attendance for 2017: 960,847

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