Daily News Briefing – Saturday, July 15, 2017

Join the best Calgary Stampede send-off in town at ALBERTA MADE presented by Budweiser, feat. Corb Lund

Make the Calgary Stampede you final party destination with ALBERTA MADE presented by Budweiser at Nashville North.  The night will feature homegrown Albertan country music sensation, Corb Lund.

Adding to the lineup is Trevor Panczak, opening for Lund on the Nashville North stage on July 16 starting at 10 p.m. Both artists are Alberta born and prolific voices on the Canadian country music scene. ALBERTA MADE presented by Budweiser will light up the grand finale to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Full media release: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/join-the-best-calgary-stampede-send-off-in-town-at-alberta-made-presented-by-budweiser-feat-corb-lund

Chuckwagon and Agriculture Competition Results:

Full rodeo results here.

Chuckwagon Racing:
Details on night four of the GMC Rangeland Derby can be found here.

Agriculture Results
Daily agriculture results can be found here.

What’s happening today:




Coca-Cola Stage

      Nashville North

      Scotiabank Saddledome

9:15 p.m.

      Foxx Worthee,
      8 p.m – 9 p.m.

      Usher and the Roots

      7:30 p.m.



      Meghan Patrick

      10 p.m.



      Tanya Ryan,
      12 a.m., 1 a.m.





Hits of the Day

Strongman Demonstrations, Crowd Challenges & Kids Strength Challenge: The Strength Edge puts on an exhibition of common strongman lifts and challenges. Experienced competitors will be available to explain, demonstrate and challenge spectators in some of the common disciplines of the sport of Strongman. Bring your kids down before 3 p.m. each day to participate in a strength challenge run by experienced coach and former Alberta's Strongest Woman competitor Sarah Weigand and Crossfit Most's Jenn Swagar. Community Park South, 11 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Amateur Men’s Strongman competition 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Also happening today
Calgary Stampede Blacksmith Classic, Agrium Western Event Centre

Join us as we showcase six of the best Blacksmith teams

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Donatello & Leonardo, BMO Kid’s Zone

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

International Livestock Auctioneer Championships, Agrium Western Event Centre

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Interesting Stories

Kurt Bensmiller captures 2017 Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award

It’s undeniable. Kurt Bensmiller is the hottest chuckwagon driver in the land. On day eight of racing action at the GMC Rangeland Derby, Bensmiller posted a total time of 8:36.03, top in the aggregate. For the win, he takes home the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Trophy and a 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 truck.

Settled, too, are Saturday’s semifinal contestants. Bensmiller is joined by the next seven fastest drivers this week  (in order) – Logan GorstObrey MotowyloChad HardenChanse VigenTroy DorchesterKirk Sutherland and Evan Salmond. Saturday night they will race for a spot in the final dash for cash on Sunday. That race is a winner-take-all $100,000 race.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/kurt-bensmiller-captures-2017-richard-cosgrave-memorial-award


Calgary Stampede Ranch Rodeo showcases rodeo’s rich history

Ranch hands tackle their demanding work in all kinds of weather, in all kinds of situations, from drenching downpours on the open prairie to seething snowstorms in the foothills of Alberta. On Friday, however, a select group of veteran cowboys showcased their skills in a decidedly more comfortable setting: the Agrium Western Event Centre at the Calgary Stampede.

Four teams of working ranch hands faced off in the inaugural Ranch Rodeo, taking part in a series of competitions that mirrored the day-to-day tasks that take place on operations across the West. The demonstration event was organized by the Stampede’s Western Performance Horse committee.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/calgary-stampede-ranch-rodeo-showcases-rodeos-rich-history


Attendance Results:

Friday July 14, 2017:    122,126

Same day 2016:   81,773

Cumulative attendance for 2017:       960,847


For your full media guide on Park events please visit our news media resources page  http://news.calgarystampede.com/resources

Meet the Community Engagement & Communications team

  • Larry Lalonde, group manager, Community Engagement and Communications
    T: 403.261.0402       C: 403.585.9466       E: llalonde@calgarystampede.com
  • Kristina Barnes, communications manager, Western Events and Agriculture
    T: 403.261.0382       C: 403.585.4706       E: kbarnes@calgarystampede.com
  • Danielle Savoni, public relations manager
    T: 403.261.0327       C: 403.461.6647       E: dsavoni@calgarystampede.com 
  • Christine Thompson, media relations coordinator
    T: 403.261.0338       C: 403.831.1618       E: cthompson@calgarystampede.com
  • Travis Beale, media relations coordinator
    T: 403.261.0339       C: 403.831.2718       E: tbeale@calgarystampede.com
  • James Pantangco, public relations assistant
    T: 403.261.0340       C: 403.805.5592       E: jpantangco@calgarystampede.com