Harry the Horse gets a YAHOO from the crowd!

On Saturday, May 27, 2017 and Saturday, June 3, 2017, the Calgary Stampede’s community spirit shined brightly with the Community Projects & Development (CPD) volunteer committee-led Community Round Ups. The events celebrated Stampede’s commitment to community engagement and brought a little taste of Stampede to the southeast and northeast communities!, with the first event taking place at the Cranston Residents Association  and the second at VIVO.

“The Community Round Ups are an opportunity for the Calgary Stampede to collaborate with community partners and celebrate those relationships with a fun and free festival that showcases the spirit of each distinct community and the Calgary Stampede,” says Sabina Shah, second vice-chair, Community Projects & Development.

The Band of Outriders dazzle the crowd with their musical talent and awesome dance moves!

And, is there really a better way to kick-off summer than with free pancakes, live entertainment, adorable animals and fun for the whole family? We think not!

The CPD committee works with 12 other Stampede committees to make the events happen.

“It’s a lot of work, but so worth it when you see smiling faces and happy families come together and have a great time,” shared Shah. “We couldn’t do it without the support of the community and the efforts and assets of the other volunteer committees.”

Members of the Community Projects & Development volunteer committee

Members from the talented Band of Outriders, Ag-tivity, Caravan, Downtown Attractions, Draft Horse Town, Historical, Indian Events, Next Generation, Promotions, Rodeo, Royalty, Stampede Chuckwagon and Western Showcase committees all support the Community Round Ups and what they stand for.

“The Calgary Stampede is a year-round, community organization where western hospitality welcomes all walks of life. The CPD committee is privileged to support the strategic vision of the Calgary Stampede by looking for new ways to connect with our neighbours, near and far. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Community Round Ups and to all of the volunteers for their dedication and hard work,” said Shah.

Baby goats enjoy lots of petting and the sun at the petting zoo!

Another important piece of the programming included celebrating the history and culture of the First Nations of Treaty 7 with First Nations dancers, drummers and a visit from the 2017 Stampede Indian Princess, Savanna Sparvier.

“We hope that everyone who came out had a great time and enjoyed a fun celebration with an early taste of Stampede,” added Shah.

The 2017 Calgary Stampede is happening Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 16, 2017.

We hope to see you there!