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A century of Stampede

It’s time to dig your Wranglers out of the closet. What else would a person wear to Calgary’s Stampede, July 6 to 15 this year, which also marks the outdoor show’s big centennial? Like all long-running events, Stampede (particularly its chuckwagon races) isn’t without controversy and yet the 100-year-old show has persisted as our country’s tip of the cowboy hat to the wild west. This year’s tip will be a little bit bigger with a free-with-admission corral show displaying the best in western horsemanship and First Nations’ performances as well as some less-western extras like an outlaw rollercoaster ride and a 260-metre temporary zip line that’ll stretch across Stampede Park. Old favourites will be there too including its four-kilometre-long opening parade, tournament-style rodeo (featuring $2 million in prize money) and grandstand show (featuring song and dance, acrobatics and a fireworks finale). Admission to the park: adults 13 to 64 $16, seniors and kids $8, children six and under free. For event tickets: (800) 661-1767; calgarystampede.com [CC]

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