Daily News Briefing – Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BMO Kids’ Day - Stampede with your little ones and enjoy a free breakfast and BMO Thunder Sticks in the Grandstand Courtyard.

7 a.m. Gates open

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Free admission to Stampede Park for children 12 and under, with accompanying adults

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast (while quantities last).

8 a.m. - 10 a.m Enjoy a free variety show on the Grandstand stage

Rodeo, 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


The Elwins

8 p.m.


The Strumbellas
9 p.m.

          Cold Creek County
          10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

            Johnny Reid
            7 p.m.


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





Hits of the Day

$5 Fun: $5 entry from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (runs July 10 – July 13). Select vendors are also participating by featuring $5 items. Check out The Nut Man Company, Burnt Whiskey Beard Co. and Ocean Sales - to name just a few! (All participating vendors will display a special $5 Fun icon.)

Hearts of the West: Watch five young, phenomenal sisters and their brother, demonstrate exceptional horsemanship while trick riding. Hearts of the West can be seen performing throughout the week in both the Northern Lights Arena and the Agrium Western Events Center. Northern Lights Arena, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Acrodunk: High flying slam dunk champions Acrodunk take the BMO Kids’ Zone by storm with their gravity defying extreme dunk show. BMO Kid’s Zone, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily.

Daily Agriculture Exhibits Highlight


New for 2017 is the location of the Country Critters Demo stage, located outside, adjacent to the Hawkwood Heritage Cabin on the North side of the Ag building. This area has a farmyard feel with agriculture education presentations every half hour from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m daily.

Urban meets rural at Agrium Ag-tivity in the City with interactive, fun displays provide a valuable agricultural experience. The animals in this area always get plenty of attention, and you’ll want to check out the pigs, sheep, cows, chickens, miniature donkeys, heavy horses, stock dogs and other farm animals. 

Visit the wide variety of displays, and you will be treated to interactive displays featuring: Alberta Chicken Producers, Egg Farmers of Alberta, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Alberta Milk, Alberta Pork, and much more.

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. - Agrium Western Event Centre, daily

Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting - The Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Competition is the only Canadian stop in the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association World Series of Cutting. The World Series showcases the top cutting horses in the world and offers spectators an opportunity to cheer on the horses and riders as they compete for the championship title! In a cutting competition, each horse and rider is faced with a herd of cattle and two and a half minutes on the clock.

Working together they must select a single cow to move out of or ‘cut’ from the herd. Once the cow has been selected and removed from the herd the rider drops their reins, saying to the horse - take it from here! The pair must then demonstrate their ability to keep the cow from returning to the herd.

4 p.m.  – Agrium Western Event Centre

Canadian National Miniature Horse Show - Maxing out at 34 inches tall, these miniature horses compete in various classes, showcasing their skills. Their three-day showcase is a Calgary Stampede highlight for many- young and old alike!

2:30 p.m. – Northern Lights Arena

For more details, please contact agmedia@calgarystampede.com

Also happening today

1. BMO Kids Day - FREE entry for 12 & under from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m., $2 entry for 12 & under from 9 a.m. to midnight.

2. Kids' Day Pow Wow Parade, Join us on Kids' Day at Indian Village for a very special Kids' Day Parade! Indian Village, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

3. Meet PAW Patrol stars - Marshall & Chase, BMO Kids Zone, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

4. Stampede Talent Search, preliminaries - Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers. The Boyce Theatre, doors at 6 p.m., show time 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Interesting Stories

Get your food questions answered this week at the Calgary Stampede: How is my food grown or raised? What do farmers add to livestock feed? Is animal welfare regulated in Alberta? How are antibiotics used? What about GMO’s? What food is grown and raised in Alberta?

Consumers today have so many questions about how their food gets to their plate and may feel uncertain about where to get an answer. Most urban Canadians are three to five generations removed from agriculture, or new to this country, and aren’t sure who to ask.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20170711-6589752

BMO Kids’ Day returns to Stampede Park, Wednesday, July 12: Calling all Jr. Cowboys and Cowgirls! The Calgary Stampede is pleased to invite families to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for some exciting and affordable family fun, with BMO Kids’ Day, Wednesday, July 12. Families are invited to chow down on a free pancake breakfast and enjoy live entertainment while you eat! Kids 12 and under will get free entry to Stampede Park from 7 – 9 a.m.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/calling-all-jr-cowpoke-bmo-kids-day-returns-to-stampede-park-wednesday-july-12

New Canadians welcomed in true Stampede style with Canadian themed areas on Stampede Park: Fifty community members, from 18 different countries, officially became Canadian citizens on Stampede Park yesterday as part of the new special Canada 150 day.

Full story: http://www.calgarystampede.com/blog/2017/07/11/canada-150-citizenship-ceremony/

So long and happy trails to a Rodeo legend: On October 27, 1937 in Stettler, Alberta, a rodeo legend was born. Growing up surrounded by cowboys, bucking horses and the rodeo lifestyle, a young Winston Bruce was inspired to follow his dreams, pursuing a career as a professional rodeo athlete and champion.

Full story: http://www.calgarystampede.com/blog/2017/07/11/so-long-and-happy-trails-to-a-rodeo-legend/

Returning champs go for the win as Pool B rodeo action kicks off:  A returning champion set the pace as Pool B contestants began their competition at the Calgary Stampede. Steven Peebles of Redmond, Oregon made his last ride in a muddy Stampede infield one year ago, when he emerged from a ride-off on Showdown Sunday as the bareback champion. So it was only fitting for conditions to be a little sloppy to welcome him back. It was evident he felt right at home, tapping out a 90.5 point ride on a young Calgary Stampede horse called Yipee Kibitz.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20170712

GMC Rangeland Derby - Chanse Vigen continues to hold top spot & Eddie Melville’s Final Ride: Chanse Vigen grabbed hold of the aggregate lead Saturday, the second night of the GMC Rangeland Derby, and he’s still there. Racing in the ninth heat on night five, Vigen didn't miss a beat. Following another solid display, he remains in top spot, at 4:54.20.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20170712-6594432

Tuesday’s Midway Food Winner:

Best Canadian on the Stampede Midway goes to CandyTime and their Maple Walnut Cotton Candy

A fresh twist on a classic fair food, Best Canadian goes to CandyTime Concessions and their special Maple Walnut Cotton Candy. Made with real wisps of maple syrup and chunks of walnut, this 100 per cent Canadian treat honours decades of tradition on the Stampede Midway. Special thanks to Olympic Bobsledder Kallie Humphries, John Jackson and Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT, Lucas Meyer from 660 NEWS, Michelle Yi from KISS 95.9 FM and Derek Wills from Sportsnet 960 for helping to judge!

Attendance Results:

Yesterday's attendance numbers: 104,395

Same day 2016: 90,389

Cumulative attendance for 2017: 592,431


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
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  • Kristina Barnes, communications manager, Western Events and Agriculture
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  • Danielle Savoni, public relations manager
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  • Travis Beale, media relations coordinator
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