Calgary – Prime Time performances are back and better than ever in the Nutrien Western Event Centre this July! Experience all of your favourite agriculture and western events with even more energy and excitement as the sun goes down. From 6:30– 8 p.m., with the pre-show starting at 6:00 p.m. each night, agriculture enthusiasts will be able to watch the most highly anticipated events with the added energy of live music throughout Stampede, July 5 –14.

“We’ve amped up the fun on the Prime Time performances for 2019” says Melissa McKay, Calgary Stampede Competitions Manager. “Between the incredible competition and great local music, you’re going to want to plan more than one visit to the agriculture area and Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park.”

Celebrating 20 years of partnership, members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will team up with the majestic heavy horses in the Heavy Horse Show, with the fan-favourite World Six Heavy Horse Hitch competition on Tuesday, July 9.

Feel the rumble of the Vintage Tractor Pull as the beautifully restored tractors bring history back to life and show off a different kind of horse power. Not only an exhilarating event to watch, the Vintage Tractor Pull will be pairing the roaring of the tractors with the musical addition of the Dueling Piano Kings!

If high energy is your style, you won't want to miss the Cowboy Up Challenge, celebrating 10 years of fast-paced action. A test of horsemanship and athletic ability, horse and rider teams will maneuver through challenging obstacles in a race against the clock to the tune of a feature DJ, with the Calgary Stampede Showband kicking off the action in the pre-show for two nights.

Don’t forget the muscle at the Heavy Horse Pull! The beautiful and powerful draft horse athletes will showcase the strength that helped build Western Canada, as they work as a team to pull a weighted sled. Amping up the excitement, The Prairie States will be adding a little old school soul with modern country vibes to the action as the official pre-show entertainment.

Pairing incredible musical guests with the most popular agriculture events, the Nutrien Western Event Centre is the place to be for 10 days of authentic western experiences that will keep you coming back for more throughout the week!


2019 Prime Time Agriculture & Western Events Programming

Nutrien Western Event Centre - 6:30 – 8 p.m.

July 5: Heavy Horse Show with members of the CPO

July 6: Heavy Horse Show with members of the CPO

July 7: Vintage Tractor Pull with Dueling Pianos

July 8: Cowboy Up Challenge – Round one with feature DJ

July 9: World Six Heavy Horse Hitch with members of the CPO

July 10: Cowboy Up Challenge – Round 2 with the Calgary Stampede Showband and feature DJ

July 11: Cowboy Up Challenge Finals with the Calgary Stampede Showband and feature DJ

July 12: Heavy Horse Pull – Light Weights with The Prairie States

July 13: Heavy Horse Pull – Middle Weights with The Prairie States

July 14: Heavy Horse Pull – Heavy Weights with The Prairie States (5-7 p.m.)


Want to catch a full day of agriculture? Stroll through the Ag Barn and experience the beauty and brawn of the heavy horses, the mini but mighty miniature horses and many other furry friends, including miniature donkeys, dairy cows and a friendly llama! Check out the Northern Lights Arena and Country Trail for demonstrations throughout the week, including blacksmiths, horses of every size and more. And don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet local agri-food producers and get the scoop on where your food comes from!

“This is the place to get your agriculture education,” says McKay. “With so much to learn, see and do, it’s a great place to bring the entire family!”

All experiences in the Agriculture Zone presented by McDonald’s are included with the price of admission to the Calgary Stampede, July 5 – 14, 2019. With so many great things to see and do every day – take advantage of unlimited Park admission with the Stampede SuperPass! It’s only available to purchase until July 1, for just $39 plus GST. Visit for more information.


About the Calgary Stampede

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 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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