Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is excited to announce the 2019 BMO Jr. Reporters! Reporting live from Stampede Park, Hailey Brilz, age 10 and Isabelle Warnick, age 11 will be sharing the inside scoop on all things Stampede during BMO Kids’ Day on Wednesday July 10, 2019.

As part of the BMO Jr. Reporters contest, over 70 participants submitted an original news story from the perspective of a Calgary Stampede reporter. The top 10 contestants moved on to a final audition, where Hailey and Isabelle’s outstanding performances landed them the roles of the 2019 BMO Jr. Reporters!

Putting their interview skills to the test, the BMO Jr. Reporters will be catching up with special guests, such as event performers, athletes, and more.

“BMO has been supporting the Calgary Stampede for over 100 years, and we’re always looking for opportunities to drive positive change,” said John MacAulay, Regional President, Prairies and Northwest Territories Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. “The BMO Junior Reporter contest engages aspiring young journalists to showcase their skills and experience a day in the life of a future career. Each year, we are excited to celebrate this tradition and look forward to having our newest recruits report to our communities from the Stampede grounds.”

As the winners of the BMO Jr. Reporter contest, Hailey and Isabelle will each be sporting a new western outfit to report in true Stampede-style and will be treated to some fun on the Midway and at the Evening Show with their families. Each Jr. Reporter will also receive $2,500 towards a BMO RESP and $1,500 towards school supplies for each of their schools.

BMO Kids’ Day provides fun for the entire family, with a free pancake breakfast in the Grandstand Courtyard from 8 – 9:30 a.m., while supplies last, and a special variety show on the Grandstand stage that features fun, music and special guests from 8 – 10 a.m.

Making the day an even better value, kids 12 and under as well as accompanying adults can take advantage of free admission from 7 – 9 a.m. If sleeping in is more your style, admission to Stampede Park for kids 12 and under is only $2 for the rest of the day.

For non-stop excitement, BMO Kids’ Zone is open all 10 days of Stampede. With fun for all ages, kids can take part in complimentary face painting, a coloring wall mural, watch energy-packed Acrodunk and Freestyle Soccer performances, meet the characters from Paw Patrol and much more!

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About the Calgary Stampede

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.

About BMO and the Calgary Stampede

BMO Bank of Montreal's ties to the Calgary Stampede are long and remarkable. The relationship between BMO and the Calgary Stampede is the oldest business relationship in Western Canada, dating back to 1884. BMO has been the banker to the Calgary Exhibition since 1899 when lands were christened at Victoria Park. The Agricultural Society had purchased 94 acres of land from the Dominion of Canada and built a race track, cattle sheds and an exhibition building. BMO continued as the banker in 1912 when the first rodeo took place and it became the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.


For more information, please contact:

Brooke Martine

Media Relations Coordinator

Calgary Stampede

T 403.261.9113

C 403.336.3979