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Calgary Stampede named Festival of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Awards

Calgary – For the third consecutive year, the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) Industry Awards presented the Calgary Stampede with the Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year award. The award was presented to the Stampede in Edmonton, Alberta on over the weekend.


“It is an honour to accept this award on behalf of the Calgary Stampede,” says Rod Tate, programming manager, Calgary Stampede. “Stampede 101 was an incredibly unique year. To be identified as the exhibition of the year after overcoming so many flood related challenges is humbling.”


The Calgary Stampede also celebrated the induction of Ed Harris, entertainment consultant of the Calgary Stampede for more than 15 years, into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.


“It was a truly remarkable year at the CCMA’s,” says Ell. “Working with Ed is such a pleasure, we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving to receive this honour.”


The CCMA Industry Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to Canadian country music during the eligibility period. The winners of these awards are chosen by the combined votes of all eligible members of the Canadian Country Music Association.


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.


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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Booth

Publicity Manager

T 403.261.0327

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