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What's new for 2013: Bell aqua ranch

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 08:51 AM


Calgary – The Parade Marshal’s been announced and the Coca-Cola Stage lineup will be revealed next week. City-wide Stampede flags begin fluttering later this month and the annual Stampede Planner will hit mailboxes within weeks.

“The signs of Stampede are popping up,” says Karen Connellan, programming director. ”At Stampede 101 it’s going to be a mixture of familiar favorites and fresh offerings—that will guarantee to excite and delight Calgarians and tourists of all ages.”

One of the anchor attractions of Stampede is the Midway. And one of the new features of this year’s Midway will be the new Bell aqua ranch. Picture a pool the size of a hockey rink, fountains shooting water 70 feet high and extreme jet skiers making waves, all in the middle of Stampede Park.

Bell aqua ranch will include a daring display of high energy stunts on jet skis as the H2X Extreme Watershow takes place for the first time in an outdoor setting. Show times are at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Every night the Bell aqua ranch will host Out of the Blue. This captivating water display, complete with mesmerizing lighting and special effects, will be synched to the finale of the spectacular TransAlta Grandstand Show fireworks.

For more than 100 years, the Stampede’s Midway has been a gathering place where guests can take in entertainment, create special memories with friends and family and be part of an iconic Canadian event. The Midway’s 65 rides cater to all tastes and the Stampede works with North American Midway Entertainment to bring guests some of the best rides to the Stampede.

The brand new Mach 3 is a “tummy tumbler”, cautions midway operations manager James Radke. With two sets of seats mounted back-to-back on each end of a 37-metre arm, each four-seat assembly can swing a full 360 degrees while in rotation. “Once Mach 3 begins, you better hold on tight because the arm will rotate up to 13 revolutions per minute, producing an acceleration of 3.5g on the riders,” says Radke.

Other highlights of this year’s Midway include:

Ghost Riders – The dynamic group of dancers will move around the Park showing off their award-winning “popping” skills in beautiful all-white leather costumes. Visitors won’t want to miss this avant-garde interpretation of Wild West meets New York street-style dance.

Buckaroos presented by Southland Transportation – In its brand new BMO Centre Hall A location, Buckaroos will feature exciting entertainment for the little ones. Treehouse TV’s Thomas and Friends, Angelina Ballerina, Dora the Explorer and Bob the Builder are just a few of the characters who will be dancing up a storm and having fun with the children, so don’t miss the daily dance parties!

Saddledome Steps – The Steps will feature visiting show bands from all around the world as well as the world champion Stampede Showband. In addition to this world-class entertainment, the Steps will feature new acts like: Bendy Em, a world famous contortionist; Justin Case the one man acrobatic theatrical comedy performer; and fan favourite Bandaloni.

Admission to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is only $16, $8 for children (6 and under are free). Stampede Midway Cards will be available exclusively at Safeway until Thursday, July 4. There are two card options available, which offer over 20 per cent in ride savings ($50 value on Park).The first card is the 56 Coupons card - valid on all 10 days of Stampede. The second card option is a Ride All Day card - valid only on weekdays and only for the day it is activated.

For more information about this year’s Stampede attractions or to get your tickets for the Rodeo or Evening Show, visit www.calgarystampede.com.

About the Calgary Stampede

As we enter our second century, the Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.