Calgary Stampede 2010

This past weekend, thanks to my friends at Nokia Canada, I attended the opening day of the Calgary Stampede. It was my first time at such an event and had lots of recommendations of things to see and do. Fortunately, I was able to do most of them.

Things started off at the Rodeo:

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Followed by the Chuck Wagon races which are insane:
Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

After the last race, they hauled this huge stage onto the main track area:

Calgary Stampede 2010

The stage was where the Grandstand Show (called World Party) was held…I was skeptical at first but it turned out to be very entertaining, featuring all kinds of performances (including Cirque du Soleil performers from Quidam, and crazy motorcycle stunts), finishing off with one of the most impressive fireworks shows I’ve ever seen in person:

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

We finished up the night with a trip through the midway:
Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

Calgary Stampede 2010

I tried a deep fried Snickers. You can view my full set of photos on Flickr.

Special thank you to Hala Dehais (Calgary Stampede) and Judy Love Rondeau (Tourism Alberta) for their assistance with media access to the Rodeo and Chuckwagon races and to Tom and Donna with WOMWorld/Nokia for getting me there – how I got there will be the topic of my next post but here’s a hint:
N97 Mini Tour

4 Comments

  1. Michael Kwan says:

    That Grandstand Show ended up being a lot more elaborate than I was expecting for sure.

  2. i agree with pamela anderson 0.this is outrageous and should be banned.this is the most horrible act of animal cruelty behind bullfights.when are the morons(government) in ottawa going to do something about this act of animal cruelty not to mention people getting hurt or killed.they should let the idiots who own,ride and sponsor this event run the track in the hottest day in calgary and see which asshole makes it to the finish.people do anything for money and dont care what the price is you pay.hope others send in similar comments and show their concerns for these poor animals.BAN CALGARY STAMPEDE

  3. mamapeggie says:

    Pamela WHo?????? Oh yeah – the broad that paints herself like a slide of beef about to be butchered – what was the message here – slice up women????

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