The Stampede reaches the Four Corners of Calgary
Over the past two months, Calgarians were given a little taste of the Calgary Stampede in their own backyards with Four Corners presented by BURNCO.
These four mini festivals were held in each of the city’s quadrants over four Saturdays in May and June — Genesis Wellness Centre in the North East, South Fish Creek Recreation Complex in the South East, Cardel Place in the North West, and Westside Recreation Centre in the South West.
Four Corners comprised of Stampede favourites including an old-time community fair with interactive games, rodeo demonstrations, dancing, giveaways, and a Cake Posse appearance! And since no Stampede event is complete without Stampede pancakes - each event started off with a Caravan breakfast – complete with pancakes and sausage – served promptly at 9 a.m.
Each Four Corners festival had a distinct character that highlighted the neighbouring community’s diversity.
At the first event at the Genesis Wellness Centre, the Elite JunJani Institute of Culture, Capoeri Aché Brasil Calgary, Marakame Mexican Dance & Art and the Sikh Dance Club wowed everyone with their unique performances and demonstrations.
Bishop O’Bryne High School students entertained the crowds with music and dance performances at South Fish Creek Recreation Complex.
The Four Corners festival at Cardel Place featured a Punjabi Cultural demonstration by the North Calgary Cultural Association and a Filipino Cultural demonstration by the Kasayahan Performing Arts Group.
At the Westside Recreation Centre, the Chinook Country Line Dancers kicked up a storm and fiddlers Joshua and Kyleigh had everyone tapping their feet.
The activities and demonstrations involved community organizations including the City of Calgary, BURNCO, Calgary Stampede Lotteries and several Stampede committees such as Indian Events, Agriculture Education, Caravan, Downtown Attractions, Royalty, Rodeo, Showband, Historical, Promotion and Next Generation.
“Four Corners was the collaborative effort of over two dozen Stampede committees and community partners in a true presentation of our theme for this year - We’re Greatest Together. We couldn’t have been successful without the support of so many great volunteers and want to thank all that helped in putting on a great celebration of this milestone for the Stampede,” said Justin Heskes, chair of the Four Corners planning committee, Calgary Stampede.