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So it is time to dust off the cowboy boots, sort out the denim and giddyup for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Calgary Stampede is being held this year from July 6-15. Country and Western folk from around the world will throng into Calgary to witness the myriad of events, including calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc and bareback riding.

The ten day festival kicks off with a parade through the streets of downtown Calgary and includes the world’s largest rodeo, carrying prize money of $CAD1 million, chuckwagon racing and First National exhibitions. The Stampede is also accompanied by a huge funfair and music events. 

And if you plan to attend the rodeo, it’s important to dress the part. You won’t want to come across as an out of place city slicker, as people in Calgary do indeed go all out during this time to dress Western. The whole city just comes alive starting with Stampede breakfast every morning and ending up with a great knees up country and western party to all hours of the morning.

Here are some things to know before you go:

• Its best-known attraction is the World Championship of Chuck Wagon Racing, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower.

• Each afternoon, for three action-packed hours, the rough and rugged skills of the world’s top professional cowboys present a world-class showcase of saddlebronc and bareback riding, calf roping, and steer wrestling. This fantastic rodeo is a never-to-beforgotten thrill of a lifetime.

• Each evening, nine heart-stopping chuck wagon races explode in an all-out dash to the finish – a challenge that ignites thousands of excited fans.

• As the sun goes down, the Stampede prepares for yet another kind of action. Immediately following the chuck wagon races, hundreds of singers, dancers and musicians take over the gigantic stage for a highpowered entertainment extravaganza. A brilliant

finale of fireworks completes each day at “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth."

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