Daily News Briefing – Friday, July 13, 2018



Stampede attendance Thursday, July 12, 2018    99,502                 

Cumulative attendance for 2018:                              881,484                                                                     

Same day for 2017:                                                         116,080                                

Daily decrease over 2017:                                             (16,578)                               

Cumulative attendance for 2017:                              838,721                                

Overall cumulative increase of:                                 42,763                  


Rodeo, Chuckwagon and Agriculture Competition Results:


Full rodeo results here.

Chuckwagon Racing:

Full GMC Rangeland Derby Results can be found here.

Other results:

Agriculture Results can be found here.



Best Deep Fried on the Stampede Midway:  Mighty Zeus Poutine by The Poutine King

Fresh cut fries, cheese curds, rich gravy, garnished with Greek style beef gyro, caramelized onions, topped with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, fresh diced tomatoes and green onions. A fusion of Mediterranean sensibilities and traditional Canadiana, the Mighty Zeus wins Best Deep Fried 2018.

Best Sweet Treat on the Stampede Midway:  Caramel Apple Mini Donuts by Ogopogo Artisan Mini Donuts

Mini donuts are a Stampede tradition, but what happens when you combine them with something as classic as apple pie? You get the best of both worlds! Ogopogo Artisan Mini Donuts wins Best Sweet Treat 2018 for their Caramel Apple Mini Donuts. Find them right across from Weadickville.


What’s happening today

Agriculture & Western Events of the Day

Canadian National Miniature Horse Show - Watch miniature horses compete in various classes at the Calgary Stampede Miniature Horse Show.

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Northern Lights Arena)


7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Northern Lights Arena)

The Extreme Dog & Pony Race – Come see 10 talented Extreme Cowboy racing horse and riders paired up with powerful pooches as they race around, over and under obstacles.

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (Nutrien Western Event Centre)

1:45 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. (Nutrien Western Event Centre)

Working Cow Horse Classic – In this competition, horse and rider are asked to work a single cow in an arena.

Finals 3:55 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Nutrien Western Event Centre)

Heavy Horse Pull – Come out and watch the extreme power and strength as teams of two horses pull sleds carrying more than five times their body weight

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Nutrien Western Event Centre)



Coca-Cola Stage              

Nashville North               

The Big Four Roadhouse

Scotiabank Saddledome

Virginia to Vegas 8 p.m.

The Dungarees 10 p.m.

The Boom Booms 9:30 p.m.

Brad Paisley 7:30 p.m.

Lights 9 p.m.








 Today's Story Ideas                                                             

-Return of the Zipper!
Everyone’s favourite ride, the Zipper, lasted less than a year in retirement. When it was announced in 2017 that it would be the Zipper’s last year before retirement, crowds streamed to Stampede Park to lineup for their last chance on the ride. With overwhelming response from the community, the ride was destined to make a comeback. After travelling across the world to Germany for specialty replacement parts, the Zipper has returned to Stampede Park in better shape than ever.

-Doris Heintz, an 82 year old woman will be competing today in the fast-paced Extreme Dog & Pony Race. Heintz is one of only two Canadians to have been inducted into the Extreme Cowboy Hall of Fame and is ready to race against nine other competitors in the Nutrien Western Event Centre at 11:45 a.m.

Please contact one of the media team members below for more details:



Meet the Community Engagement & Communications team

• Jennifer Booth, Manager, Public Relations

T: 403.261.0327       C: 403.261.0327       E: jbooth@calgarystampede.com


• Kristina Barnes, Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture

T: 403.261.0382       C: 403.585.4706       E: kbarnes@calgarystampede.com


• Danielle Savoni, Publicity Manager

T: 403.261.0401       C: 403.461.6647       E: dsavoni@calgarystampede.com


• Christine Thompson, Media Relations Coordinator (Entertainment)

T: 403.261.0338       C: 403.650.7834       E: cthompson@calgarystampede.com


• Brooke Martine, Media Relations Coordinator (Agriculture and Western Competitions)

T: 403.261.0339       C: 403.831.2718       E: bmartine@calgarystampede.com