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Old July 12th, 2008, 05:09 PM
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Ninety minutes at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

Friday afternoon, I had a little time to buzz down to the Calgary Stampede, basically an hour and a half to poke around the midway, barns and exhibition halls. It ain't the same with without the rodeo, chucks and fireworks but . . . . it's all the time I had.

A few images . . . .

The Midway was jammed but attendance is down a bit this year with gas prices keeping some Americans away. Still, more than 1 million will pass through the turnstiles . . . .



Below, a cowboy has it all figured out on a breezy midway ride, one hand around the pretty girl and one hand to keep his hat on straight. . . .



Below, thrills a minute . . . .



Below, A metalhead tries to understand the spectacle in front of him, a one man entertainment centre, including percussion over his head. I swear I've got pictures of this same guy, then a hippy, plying his trade in the streets of Vancouver and then Victoria in the early 1980's.



Below, a cotton candy tour of the stables . . . .



Below, Flattening out the wool on a sheared sheep is apparently the way to winning a prize, as these two lasses work hard to get their animal ready for the show ring.



Below, a daredevil encounter with a Llama . . .



Below, Genuine buffalo burgers . . . . . hot off the prairie. Probably one of the more palatable dishes at the Stampede, where you can also get deep-fried coca cola, deep-fried Oreo Cookies and deep-fried anything. Although not the deep-fried pickles we found in San Antonio a few years ago.



Below, Some kilt-wearing cowboys line up for some early day two-stepping fun inside the Nashville North tent, where it all ends late in the evening at the Stampede.



Below, a cool carnie reels 'em in . . . . STEP right up!!!



Below, All manner of slice and dice do-dads could be bought in the Exhibition halls . . . . .



. . . . and of course, what would the self-styled Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth be without the afternoon rodeo and evening chuckwagon races, stage shows, two-stepping at Nashville North and fireworks!! But, I wasn't around for it. Longview Stampede next weekend though . . . . then the Strathmore Rodeo after that.

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Old July 12th, 2008, 10:03 PM
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Wow Rick, after seeing your wonderful photos and reading your descriptions, I feel as if I was there! Thank you for sharing with us.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 10:23 PM
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Great pics Rick.wife enjoyed them.she hasn't been to the stampede since she moved to Ontario.
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kilt wearing cowboys .....only at the Calgary Stampede.

What is deep fried coca cola?
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Great shots Rick......hmmmm could be used as promo pics for the Stampede for next year

Rather interesting the kilted cowboys
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kilts.... my brain is still hung up on that one!!! isnt much better in the world of men than kilts and cowboy boots.

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Old July 13th, 2008, 11:48 AM
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Interestingly, the day I was there set a new second Friday attendance record with 145,192 visitors passing through the turnstiles.

Last day of Stampede today . . . . . and everyone in the city goes back to wearing suits on Monday.

If you're not from here, it might be hard to imagine but in a city of one million, a white collar city of corporate head offices, zero - and I mean zero - people wear business clothes to the office through Stampede.

Jeans for a week and a day.

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Old July 14th, 2008, 03:37 PM
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kilt wearing cowboys .....only at the Calgary Stampede.

What is deep fried coca cola?
A recipe for Deep-Fried Coca Cola

http://www.chiff.com/recipe/pages/10477.htm

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cowboys with quilts, never thought I would see that. Great pics, Rick. I lived in Edmonton for 6 years and never made it to the stampede.
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