Cowgirl in Cowtown- ending Calgary Stampede with Rangeland Derby and Grandstand Show

There’s so much to do and see at the Stampede Park. It is just impossible to watch all the entertainments and tour around the whole park in one day. Luckily, the festival runs for 10 days. That leaves enough time for visitors to explore and enjoy the variety of events.

Most of the entertainments requires an extra cost (e.g., concerts, rides, games, rodeo), but you could still have fun at the activities and entertainments that are free of cost.

For example, each year, Calgary Stampede presents an adrenaline pumping entertainment, featuring extreme sport athletes performing stunts. Last year, Kev and I watched the extreme water show, with jet skiers showcasing their tricks and stunts. We even saw the athletes riding on a flyboard! Just like the iron man 😛

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Extreme water show

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Extreme water show

This year, they invited the world-record setting, freestyle motocross rider to perform jaw dropping stunts.

極限表演 Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn / Calgary Stampede

Freestyle Motocross Show
Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn / Calgary Stampede

If you don’t want to get burned by the sun, there are also some indoor shows. Superdogs and Peking Acrobats were quite popular this year.

狗狗特技表演 Photo Credit: Tye Carson / Calgary Stampede

Superdogs
Photo Credit: Tye Carson / Calgary Stampede

北京特技表演 Photo Credit: Shaun Robinson / Calgary Stampede

Peking Acrobats
Photo Credit: Shaun Robinson / Calgary Stampede

Each year, the entertainments are slightly different. Each entertainment has 3~4 different show times throughout the day. Plan ahead and go early to lineup for the show you would like to see. For certain show, you will need to pick up free show tickets from the box office tent prior to the showtime.

If you want to just relax and listen to some music, the Coca Cola stage is a good location. You can find some of the hottest artists perform on stage. Or be entertained by some interactive performances, such as Thomas & Friends sing-along and hypnosis show.

可口可樂舞台 Photo Credit: Kevin Bernhardt / Calgary Stampede

The Coca-Cola Stage
Photo Credit: Kevin Bernhardt / Calgary Stampede

The Indian Village is a great getaway if you want to escape from the crowd. There, you can visit the tipis and learn about First Nation traditions.

印利安人村莊 Photo Credit: Bill Marsh / Calgary Stampede

Indian Village
Photo Credit: Bill Marsh / Calgary Stampede

Agriculture is one of my favorite places. You can find many animals there and even have a chance to interact closely with them! Last year, I was fortunate enough to hug a new born baby lamb in my arms <3

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In the evening, you can consider buying a ticket to evening show. At 7:45 pm, the show begins with Rangeland Derby, the chuckwagon races. Each race involves 4 teams. Each team is made up of a driver who commands a team of 4 horses pulling the chuckwagon, supported by 4 outriders. The race starts with the outriders tossing the tent poles and a barrel into the back of the wagon (signaling “breaking camp”). Then, they mount their horses, follow the wagon as they race around 2 barrels in a figure eight pattern, and complete the race track.  The fastest team wins the race.

馬車比賽 Photo Credit: Mike Ridewood / Calgary Stampede

Chuckwagon races
Photo Credit: Mike Ridewood / Calgary Stampede

The races are followed by the TransAlta Grandstand Show. Be prepared to be amazed by a series of performances, including comedy, musical and dances and acrobats. At the end, the night concludes with an incredible firework show.

夜晚表演 Photo Credit: Kevin Bernhardt / Calgary Stampede

TransAlta grandstand show
Photo Credit: Kevin Bernhardt / Calgary Stampede

夜晚表演 Photo Credit: Chris Bolin / Calgary Stampede

TransAlta grandstand show
Photo Credit: Chris Bolin / Calgary Stampede

煙火 Photo Credit: Chris Bolin / Calgary Stampede

TransAlta grandstand show
Photo Credit: Chris Bolin / Calgary Stampede

I couldn’t tell you how much fun it was at the Calgary Stampede. If you happen to come visit Calgary in the summer, don’t miss out on the Stampede. Come join us in celebrating the cowboy culture!

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