Stampede at the Stampede

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Ciao parked all by herself in 2 city parking spots at 7:15 am- Early bird Ciao got the worm!

We enjoyed the Stampede today! 

Be careful if you put your kids in charge of the budget!  They can get picky.  They convinced me last night to skip the shuttle and we were kindly refunded our $40. 

Early this morning we drove our big rig throughout a major city, down small streets, with construction barriers, and 3km runners.  Fortunately, Calgary was reduced traffic this Sunday morning.  By 7:15 am. we'd paid $20 total for 2 parking spots in city parking and walked the few blocks to the Stampede. (See picture)

Because it was Family Day, admission ($41 for the 4 of us) was free before 9am.  Also, they provided free Pancake Breakfast tickets, but the line was several people thick from the entrance alll the way to the Grandstand at the far end of the park.

Yum!
  I would estimate the line at half a mile!  Of course we did not wait and enjoyed the rest of the park and some muffins.  We did attempt to go at the end of the breakfast, but just missed it. 

We made ourselves feel better with pizza-on-a-stick (like a calzone on an oversized popsicle stick) and popcorn.  The kids figured we came out $50 ahead because we drove ourselves.

The weather was perfect and we really enjoyed the dog-herding competition where the border collie gets the sheep to circle the barrels, circle the trainer, run through a chute along the fence, and then pens them in under 4 minutes, directed by the trainer's different whistles.  We were so impressed with the dogs!  Some of the sheep were mean and head-butted the dogs!

The animals were a real treat and we got to pet pigs, piglets, cows, and huge draft horses.

Draft horse
 

They had a carnival there with rides ($5-$6 each), lots of food, cowboy hats for sale, etc.  It was VERY similar to the Houston rodeo, but with a population that was much more diverse (many Asian and Indian families, which we enjoyed) and without the festive spirit, which is probably due to the early rise of the visitors and the fact that Calgary is a major city.  We did meet some very nice, helpful people.

We were all caught up on our rodeo-quotient and ready to return to the RV by 12:30 pm - we were glad that our driving plan worked.  Sallie, our GPS, got us back to the campground and we hooked up just before a major hailstorm blew through.  I'm betting hail cleared out the Stampede's straggling parents who needed a nap!  Ha!

We've been working on schoolwork- Lia reached her subtraction goal on Level 9 on the Flashmaster today!  We also reached our internet upload limit and had to buy more time.

Hailstorm at the campground
  We are so grateful to have it though.

Then the kids got ice cream and ran off to the playground.  Ahhh.

Hopefully we'll get on an earlier schedule now and plan to be through Calgary early again tomorrow.  The Canada 1 Highway goes right through the middle of town, complete with construction and stoplights.  I can only imagine how much fun it is with real traffic!  We've seen much of Calgary on our drives and it is a big, vibrant city.  We'll head for Banff and then Jasper, enjoying natural beauty again.

 

 

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Ciao parked all by herself in 2 ci…
Ciao parked all by herself in 2 c…
Yum!
Yum!
Draft horse
Draft horse
Hailstorm at the campground
Hailstorm at the campground
Arriving at the Stampede
Arriving at the Stampede
Muffins and service were great!
Muffins and service were great!
One-man band
One-man band
Free pancake breakfast with mile-l…
Free pancake breakfast with mile-…
Rodeo results- look whose first! (…
Rodeo results- look whose first! …
See the crowd of pancake eaters in…
See the crowd of pancake eaters i…
Cowgirl Lia
Cowgirl Lia
Charles with cool tractor
Charles with cool tractor
Band playing
Band playing
Cow with calf
Cow with calf
Draft horse
Draft horse
More animals
More animals
Draft horses
Draft horses
Saddledome
Saddledome
Sheep-herding dog
Sheep-herding dog
Pizza-on-a-Stick by nice lady from…
Pizza-on-a-Stick by nice lady fro…
The stampede at the stampede (ther…
The stampede at the stampede (the…
Learning inside the agri-center
Learning inside the agri-center
Lia loves the cows
Lia loves the cows
Jazy gets branded
Jazy gets branded
Charles gets branded
Charles gets branded
Lia pets piglets
Lia pets piglets
Beautiful draft horse champions
Beautiful draft horse champions
Beautiful draft horse champions- b…
Beautiful draft horse champions- …
Leaving the arena
Leaving the arena
Leaving the arena
Leaving the arena
Horseback riding exhibition
Horseback riding exhibition
Beautiful draft horses hosed down
Beautiful draft horses hosed down
6-time World Champion donkey- this…
6-time World Champion donkey- thi…
Cool cars as lottery winnings
Cool cars as lottery winnings
Saddledome
Saddledome
Map of huge Stampede Park
Map of huge Stampede Park
Canadian mounted police stand guard
Canadian mounted police stand guard
Calgarys summer construction
Calgary's summer construction
Hailstorm at the campground
Hailstorm at the campground
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photo by: Vikram