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Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Calgary Stampede! Yahoo!

This week my husband and I took our son down to the Calgary Stampede fairgrounds for the day. Having grown up in and around Calgary, we tend not to go to the annual event every year, but decided this year would we a good time to once again experience "the greatest outdoor show on earth"! The Calgary Stampede started in 1912 and is the biggest rodeo event in the world. It runs for ten days every July, with over 1 million people attending. There is also a midway as well as stage shows, agricultural displays, vendor market and First Nations exhibits. Free pancake breakfasts are held around the city all during the 10 day event, and often include country western bands and square dancing! Many people dress up in their western gear and cowboy boots and hats, and the whole city parties!

My husband and son went on several rides, but since I do not do rides, I held our backpacks of stuff while they experienced the thrills. Of course there was great people watching, which kept me entertained! They are the 2 on the right.

We saw the Superdogs show, which is always very enjoyable, checked out all the vendors, played some midway games, went to the agricultural displays, toured the lottery dream home and bought some lottery tickets for the big truck and boat prize. Check out this guy:

He was done up to look like bronze statue, and he kept extremely still, not even blinking an eye! It took awhile to figure out if he was real or a statue! Apparantly, among the new foods on the midway this year were deep fried jelly beans and deep fried oreo cookies! We stuck with the tried and true mini donuts and gourmet caramel apples. Of course my son got his fix of Dippin' Dots ice cream!

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BeadedTail said...

Looks like a wonderful time! That bronze statue guy is incredible and of course your son had a great idea getting Dippin' Dots!

Cindy said...

Looks like you had a great weekend! I've never tried "mini" donuts. I guess they're the same, just smaller? The necklace you posted the other day, "Under the Sea", is just gorgeous! Right up my alley with those pretty colors and lots of details.

Beadwright said...

Hey Susan, I use to go to the Calgary Stampede every year. It is a great time there. Glad you were able to share it with your family.


Nancy said...

Fun time! I've never been to a rodeo- I bet it's a really interesting place!

Hot Rocks said...

Yep Dippin Dots are good, beaded tail!

Cindy, mini donuts are like the big ones only better! They are warm and covered in cinnamon and sugar...and of course no calories!

Nicole, that is neat that you used to go to the Stampede each year! Did you know someone competing in the rodeo, or was it part of your vacation? would have fun! So much to see and do.

Lin said...

We have those "metal" guys here in Chicago too--they're kinda creepy, aren't they?? Deep fried jelly beans??? REally? Doesn't sound good--were they?

Hot Rocks said...

No I couldn't do the deep fried jelly bean thing...just too much for me!

ChatElaine said...

When I went to Barcelona last year they had these real life statues all lined up posing on boxes. They are definitely creepy and can scare the hell out of you when they suddenly move! Looks like you had a great time.

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