Calgary Stampede 2015

July 3-12 2015

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Calgary Stampede

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CHAPTER THREE

Building the Stampede

1946-2011

1946

CROWNING THE FIRST STAMPEDE QUEEN

Patsy Rodgers was crowned the first Calgary Stampede Queen in 1946 to be an ambassador for the Stampede. Patsy was a popular queen, and inspired the creation of an annual competition. Initially, communities or businesses sponsored candidates and people bought tickets to support her to become queen. Money raised went to local charities. In 1964, ticket sales were replaced with a competition based on horsemanship and rhetoric, and ladies-in-waiting became Princesses. Today’s Stampede Queen and Princesses attend more than 400 events a year.