Calgary – With the health and safety of our community top of mind, the Calgary Stampede has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Chuckwagon Canvas Auction and cancel the 35th annual Aggie Days.
“As a gathering place for our community, the Calgary Stampede is committed to supporting the health and safety of our guests as well as the volunteers and employees who support the Stampede’s community programs,” says Calgary Stampede CEO, Warren Connell. “We are in very close contact with Alberta Health Services and CEMA and will do our part.”
The iconic Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction was set to take place Thursday, March 19 at The Big Four Roadhouse. This special Western Canadian tradition connects companies and groups looking for an exclusive advertising and hosting experience during the Stampede with the 36 chuckwagon drivers who have been invited to compete. At this time the auction has not been rescheduled as the situation around the emergence of COVID-19 in our community continues to change.
Approximately 8,000 students and teachers were scheduled to visit the 35th annual Aggie Days with their classes, April 1-5, to learn about agriculture and food production. The free, family-friendly event would have opened to the public the following weekend with an estimated 25,000 guests expected to attend. Unfortunately, Aggie Days will not be rescheduled in 2020.
”We know our community is strong, resilient and pulls together in times such as these,” says Connell, adding, “The Stampede is extremely grateful for the ongoing support and understanding of our community.”
The Stampede continues to plan for Stampede 2020, while recognizing that the full impact of COVID-19 on our community is unknown. We are committed to operating with prudence and in coordination with Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) and will react and adapt under its guidance.
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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