Calgary – The Countdown is ON! The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is just 100 days away. Get ready for all the Stampede experiences you know and love July 8-17, 2022, including the Stampede Rodeo and the Evening Show – featuring the Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races, the Bell Grandstand Show and spectacular fireworks finale! Stampede 2022 will kick off on July 8 with the iconic Stampede Parade, leading the way to all of the experiences Stampede is known for. The sights, sounds and delicious smells of the Midway, incredible live music on four separate stages, celebrations of Indigenous cultures, educational agriculture experiences, western events and art, volunteerism, community spirit and many, many pancakes!
“We can’t wait to see our community gathered together once again, celebrating at Stampede Park and throughout the city in July,” says Steve McDonough, Stampede President & Chairman of the Board. “And what better way to kick off the countdown to this year’s Stampede than to unveil the 2022 Calgary Stampede poster!”
Showcasing the spirit of competition, with a nod to the Stampede’s proud and longstanding relationship with Indigenous peoples, the 2022 Calgary Stampede Poster features the fierce determination and competitive spirit of the Relay Races. The winning artwork in the 2022 Calgary Stampede Foundation Youth Poster Competition is the work of 19-year-old Kane Pendry of Edmonton. As the winning artist of the Youth Poster Competition, Pendry receives the $10,000 Dustin Peers Memorial Scholarship, generously funded by the Brandon Flock Foundation. The Brandon Flock Foundation provides an additional $10,000 in scholarships to the top eight in the competition annually. As part of the Calgary Stampede’s commitment to youth achievement, the Youth Poster Competition has provided mentorship to young artists since the program was created in 2018. Kane Pendry is the fourth Alberta youth whose artwork has graced the Stampede Poster through the program.
“I grew so much as an artist trying to find a way to bring this Stampede Poster to life,” says Pendry, adding that the 2022 competition was his third experience with the program. He was inspired to create the artwork that was selected for the poster after a personal experience at the 2021 Stampede. “As an artist, I love the colors of the Relay Racers, and the craftsmanship of the horses. When I had the opportunity to stand just feet away and watch the Relay Racers at last year’s Stampede, I was enthralled by their work. I interviewed the riders after and was deeply affected, hearing the heartfelt stories about how they train and care for the horses. It’s a very holistic sport, yet thrilling.”
The Relay Races have been part of the Stampede’s Evening Show since 2017. This year, the high-adrenaline competition is back on the Stampede track with ten skilled teams competing in two heats of races each night.
“We’re thrilled to be adding an extra heat of Relay Racing to the Evening Show this year, of course, the Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races are back!” says McDonough. “There’s nothing quite like the warm summer nights of July, with the thunder of the wagons and the electric energy of the Relay Races. Follow that with the Bell Grandstand and an incredible display of fireworks – and you’re going to have one of the best nights of the year.”
Calgary Stampede Rodeo and Evening Show tickets are now on sale, and include admission to Stampede Park. To kick off the countdown to Stampede 2022 purchase two select Rodeo or Evening Show tickets for $100! This offer is available until Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 11:59 pm MDT. To learn more about the 100-day countdown ticket offer, go to CalgaryStampede.com. Stay up to date with all Calgary Stampede news and be in the know about 2022 details by signing up for the Stampede Insider.