In 1923, the merging of an annual rodeo created by Guy Weadick, a promoter from the United States, and an annual fair hosted by the Calgary and District Agricultural Society merged to form the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Nearly a century later, this event is still as popular as ever and people around the world are seeking out tours for Calgary Stampede so they can witness the spectacle firsthand. It is among the city's most popular tourist attractions and is one of the largest festivals in Canada.
The entire city participates in the Stampede, which takes place over 10 days in July. Local business owners decorate their storefronts in cowboy themes and host related events, including barbecues and pancake breakfasts. Residents mark the occasion by dressing in their finest cowboy garb.
The rodeo is the centerpiece of the Stampede festival and has grown to be one of the largest in the world. The payouts are also the richest with the winner of each major discipline receiving a $100,000 prize. The CBC, or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, broadcasts all events across the country.
The Rangeland Derby is a chuckwagon race and is among the most popular events. The Derby features 36 teams racing in wagons pulled by teams of horses across a one-half mile distance. Teams compete for their portion of $1.15 million in purse money.
The agricultural exhibition highlights 50 different programs with well over 1,000 exhibitors. Their goal is to educate visitors about the history of the agriculture and ranching industries in Alberta. Competitions play a major role in the exhibition. Two of the biggest competitions are the World Championship Blacksmith Competition and the World Series of Cutting contest presented by the National Cutting Horse Association. Guests can enjoy a wide range of demonstrations with teams competing for honors in penning competitions and stock dog trials. The Ag-tivity in the City tent features interactive displays, animals, and the Heritage Cabin where guests can witness what life was like for the pioneers when they settled the west with quilting, wool spinning, and toy making demonstrations.
Calgary Stampede Tours
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