The very first Fair was hosted in 1886 by the Calgary Agricultural Society. Another milestonre in the history of the event was in 1919 when a Victory Stampede was organized by Guy Weadick to honor soldiers returning from World War I.
|Dates||July 8 - 17, 2016|
|Location(s)||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
1,262,518 (record – 2006)
|Genre||Rodeo and fair|
The Calgary Stampede is an annual affair and is held in July in the city for which it is named, in Canada. It lasts 10 days and has more than a million visitors every year. One can attend rodeos, parades, stage shows, concerts, agricultural contests, to name a few events. It is very exciting and offers something to interest everyone.
It is definitely one of the richest rodeo events in the world and Canada’s largest festival. It draws many visitors and ingrained in the city’s identity. Calgary is also known fondly as “Cowtown”.
The Calgary and District Ag. Society was started in 1884 to encourage farmers and others to move west – and has succeeded spectacularly. The organization eventually purchased land to host exhibitions. As with any other event, it has had it fair share of problems – and is now one of the most attended events in the world.
The event that officially opens the event is a parade – each year there is a different Parade Marshall. This is done to honor contributions made by people throughout the year. The Rodeo is the central event of the Stampede. Large prizes are awarded in different categories and easily the richest payout of all. The Rodeo is broadcast by TV stations for people who are not able to attend.
Exhibitions are also held to showcase skills in several areas – not only that, it also serves to educate people about Alberta’s heritage in ranching and agriculture. One can also see displays of production techniques and also developments in packaging techniques.
This is a great event to get insights into the culture and heritage of the area. Come and check out the event and enjoy the multitude of delights on offer.