5 Reasons why the Calgary Stampede is the best party in North America

It’s one of Canada’s largest music festivals 

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You’re prepared for stomach-stretching deep fried delicacies. You’re prepared for sunshine and good old fashioned western hospitality. But are you prepared to take in one of Canada’s largest music festivals? 

From big name acts taking down the Saddledome to daily concerts at Nashville North & the Coca-Cola Stage, the Calgary Stampede features endless music to get your feet a-tappin’ and hands a-clappin.’ Don’t be shy. While reveling in the good times and good tunes, feel free to throw in a ‘yahoo!’  

It’s home to the richest ride in rodeo 

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Feel your heart to drop out of the bottom of your boots as you watch a human being willing straddle 2,000 – 3,000 pounds of writhing animal. Oh, and then stick around to see such acts of bravery awarded with over $2,000,000 in prize money, including a $100,000 giveaway on Showdown Sunday. Watch as the men and women of rodeo ride their way to riches. 

It’s where you get to eat all the wrong things, for all the right reasons 

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Open wide. Really wide. So you can stuff your face with red velvet mini-doughnuts. Turkey legs. Deep fried everything. Oreos, Mars Bars, butter, pickles, Cheetos. You name it. They fry it. Pizza deep fried. Pizza on a stick. Pizza with scorpions. A 777 lb burger. Pack your stretch pants, take 3-4 deep breathes, and dive into culinary adventure. 

It’s got the TransAlta Grandstand Show Barnburner created by Emmy-awarding winning, Olympic composer Dave Pierce 

The TransAlta Grandstand Show Barnburner is a spectacular spectacle (for serious!). And Dave Pierce is producing it. He’s kind of a big deal in the world of spectacle. Miss out on your chance in 2010 to attend the Opening/Closing Ceremonies in Vancouver? Haven’t seen the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in NYC or a half time show at the Grey Cup? Those are just a couple highlights from Dave’s resume.  This year’s TransAlta Grandstand Show Barnburner promises to awe, inspire, and entertain. Don’t miss it. 

It’s where you can step into 150,000 square feet of agriculture, education, and entertainment 

Photo Credit: Chris Bolin

While not the Calgary Stampede’s official motto, one may argue “go big or go home!” might be a good fit. A particularly good fit, in fact, when it comes to the 150,000 square feet of the Agrium Western Events Centre making its debut in 2014. With agriculture at the heart of the Calgary Stampede, the Agrium Western Event Centre will be teeming with entertainment, agriculture, and fun in this one of kind venue. 

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