What makes it so popular?
This year the Stampede will start from Friday, July 8 until Sunday, July 17. Founded in 1886 Calgary Canada, this 10-day event has its historical and cultural background. This annual rodeo, exhibition and festival are actually the greatest outdoor show on earth. Every year more than million people visit this festival to see the world's biggest rodeos, midway, stage shows, parades, concerts. Also one can enjoy agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions at Calgary stampede.
Before we discuss what you can find at the greatest festival on earth, let's discuss its interesting history,
Though Calgary and District Agricultural Society held the first fair in 1886 but rodeo and festival started in 1912 which is now known as the Stampede. It was basically created to honor soldiers who took part and returning from WWI.
Who Run The Calgary Stampede?
Calgary Stampede is basically run by volunteers which are more than thousand and it is supported by civic leaders. Described briefly in our next article, this festival has grown into one of the world's richest rodeos, not only it is the country's largest festivals but also it is a significant tourist attraction. Almost all events are shown on T.V across Canada and America. There is some amount of increasing international criticism by animal welfare groups regarding animal rights and these organizations are trying to ban rodeo at the stampede.
A National and International Identity
Calgary stampede has become national and international identity, it is so popular, and Calgary is also called "Stampede City". Natives call this city "Cowtown" and their football team 'Stampeders'. There are many events held on this 10 day event but mainly people go for rodeo and exhibitions that offers cheerful atmosphere, wide variety of items to buy and eateries.