Daily News Briefing - Sunday July 10th 2016

Daily interview opportunity

Adventure Park is the Calgary Stampede’s newest area for thrill seekers. The space includes paintball, dueling climbing walls and axe-throwing and is located in South Park, just inside the main Calgary Stampede Erlton entrance. A media interview and demo can be arranged at any time during or just prior to Stampede Park hours. Contact media relations coordinator Neil Hilts at nhilts@calgarystampede.com or 403.512.7034.

 

What’s happening today

Suncor Family Day: Free park admission (6 a.m. – 9 a.m.) and pancake breakfast (7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)

Coca-Cola Stage performer: Classified (9 p.m.)

Nashville North performer:  Aaron Pritchett (10 p.m.)

World Stock Dog Championships – One dog, three sheep, four minutes. These amazingly agile and intelligent dogs work to move three sheep through a challenging obstacle course and into a pen in less than four minutes. Competition runs from 9 am to 1:30 pm, with the finals at 5:00 pm.

Vintage Tractors – For those interested in nostalgia, be sure to check out the vintage tractors that arrive on park today. These restored tractors, built in 1960 or earlier, will compete by pulling a weighted sled in six different weight classes beginning at 7 pm in the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The tractors can be viewed in Country Lane beginning at 1 pm for the Show and Shine.

World Champion Six Horse Hitch Competition with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – This magical display of grace and musicality cannot be missed. Six beautiful heavy horses march in unison to classical music performed by Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. A must see event.

The show begins at 11 am in the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

 

Today’s story ideas                                       

  • The Dog Bowl features only dogs that have been rescued or adopted
  • 67 year old Barrel Racer Mary Burger leaves younger competitors in the dust, with $11,000 in earnings after two days of competition.

 

Recap of Friday, July 8

Attendance Results:

Stampede attendance for Saturday, July 9, 2016: 97,415

Cumulative attendance for 2016: 222,401

Same day attendance 2015: 104,668

Overall cumulative attendance increase of: 4,725

 

Rodeo, Chuckwagon and Agriculture Competition Results:

Rodeo:

67 year old Barrel Racer rides to victory for a second straight day. Read the story here.

Full rodeo results here.

 

Chuckwagon Racing:

A quick run in the mud earns day money for Gary Gorst, and slides him into top spot in the aggregate. Full GMC Rangeland Derby Results here.

 

Agriculture Competitions:  

Defending champion captures 2016 North American Sheep Shearing Open Division title. Read the full story here:

Twin B.C. brothers team up with local rider for 2016 Open Class Team Cattle Penning Championship. Read the full story here: 

 

Other Results

Best alternative food on the Midway:Crazy Cones for their apple pie ice cream sandwich. 

 

Contacts

Jennifer Booth

Manager, Public Relations

Office: 403.261.0327

Cell: 403.463.6834

jbooth@calgarystampede.com

Kristina Barnes

Manager, Western events & agriculture communications

Office: 403.261.0382

Cell: 403.585.4706

kbarnes@calgarystampede.com

Neil Hilts

Media relations coordinator

Office: 403.261.0242

Cell: 403.512.7034

nhilts@calgarystampede.com

Daniel Kennedy

Media Relations coordinator (accreditation)

Office: 403.261.9315

Cell: 902.483.5306

dkennedy@calgarystampede.com