In June this year we went to Canada, we were lucky enough to be in Calgary to see the spectacle that is Calgary stampede. Known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” it includes stampede events and shows, music extravaganzas, a large fun fair and food stalls serving the strangest food seen.
We arrived at our apartment and was impressed how close we were to the parade ground.
Most of the food was battered and deep fried. There was a 2 foot mini donut tower.Kit-kat fries, split into individual sticks, coated in batter and deep fried.
A notice announced, this year we are bringing back that old favourite – fruit. The watermelon wad dipped in chocolate, rolled in candy and frozen. Banana corn dogs were bananas coated in batter and deep fried.
We did however find a wine bar who were serving proper food, so we were saved from the delights of deep fried everything.
There were several free music concerts in the stampeded ground the only musician we had hear of was Sheryl Crow, but unfortunately she was on the night we had tickets for the chuck wagon racing.
During the day, we attended the Stampede Rodeo. Every afternoon cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit. These included, barely racing, bareback riding, steer wrestling and bronco.
Did anyone actually know what was going on? Apparently only the locals.
In the evening we saw chuck wagon racing. This we understood. It was the case of first past the post was the winner.
The evening ended with a Grandstand show.
“Audiences experienced a made in Calgary world class show, that highlights some of Calgary’s iconic moments”
It showcased The Young Canadians, 120 youths aged 11-18 from the Calgary area. There were song and dancing, an appearance was made by Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards and the whole evening culminated in a breathtaking firework display.
Would we go again, probably not, but it was an experience I wouldn’t have wanted to miss.
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