So, you’re staying in a downtown Calgary hotel for the Centennial Stampede. You’ve just worked some feeling back into your butt after watching the parade, and you’re about to head from downtown Calgary to the Stampede Fair Grounds for some rootin’ tootin’, eating, drinking and riding.
But… then what? Once the big, easy-to-spot events are done it can be hard to figure out where to go. As fun as the fairgounds are, being surrounded by crowds that dense will eventually burn anyone out.
So, here’s a short list of other notable events to seek out during The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth.
Both of these events are massive draws to the Stampede, and for good reason. When Stampede Officials barg about it being the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth (Capital Letters Are Mandatory), this is what they are talking about. If you haven’t seen either of these two shows, then you haven’t seen the Calgary Stampede.
Why are Mini-Doughnuts a big deal? SHUT UP AND EAT THEM, THAT’S WHY. Also, sometimes they make doughnut burgers. So, you know, you can give yourself instant diabetes.
If these tiny bites of delicious artery clogging goodness aren’t your style, there’s also Bacon-Sundae Funnel Cake, Jack Daniels Fudge, Deep Fried Wagon Wheels, Deep Fried Kool-Aid, Taco Pizza, Pulled Pork Poutine and Cotton Candy Cupcakes.
In hindsight I probably should have titled this section under Food, or Stampede Confectionaries, but this is what happens when I two cans of RedBull instead of eating lunch.
This year is the fireworks display to end all fireworks displays. No, really. This weekend and next Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be the largest, most sophisticated Fireworks displays ever attempted.
The 12-minute fireworks show will start between 11:00 and 11:30 pm and be synchronized to music. Tune into Country 105, Q107 or the QR77 to enjoy the show choreographed to music.
After all this running around you’re going to need to know where to go to get free sustenance to continue the shenanigans. With the accurate and mighty www.flapjackfinder.com at your disposal, no pancake is safe.
Also, sometimes there’s juice and bacon, which is scientifically proven to eliminate hangovers when administered with a sympathetic dose of Vodka.