July 2013 - Calgary Alberta
We decided to make a flying visit to Calgary to visit friends and to attend the Calgary Stampede. What fun this was even though we got the rainiest day. It absolutely poured when we arrived so much so that as we were taking shelter we were debating whether we would go to the Rodeo for which we already had out tickets. We decided to go to Nashville North for a beer and a burger and listen to the entertainment for a while to see if the rain would let up. Nashville North is a tent so we still had puddles to content with as the rain flowing in rivulets.
You can read the Stampede's blog here.
The rain abated and we decided to go to the Rodeo. Events had been delayed due to the event. Even though it had poured the stands were full as the opening ceremonies begain.
You can tell we were in for more rain!
And then the action begins. This was our first ever rodeo so it was a very interesting experience.
The Calgary Stampede Rodeo is the world’s richest tournament-style rodeo, featuring over $2 million in prize money. Contestants are divided into two pools. The top four money winners in each pool advance to Showdown Sunday. The remaining six competitors in each pool compete on Wild Card Saturday. The top two in each event advance to Showdown Sunday – Rodeo’s Richest Afternoon with over $1 million to be given away. It all leads up to a one shot, go-for-broke performance with winners taking home the Calgary Stampede Championship and $100,000.