Last night marked a very special occasion for many Calgary Stampede Volunteers. Showdown is an occasion for all the volunteers to come together to pick up their coveted accreditation pins, enjoy a great dinner provided by Stampede Catering, and take in some awesome entertainment.

As a new volunteer, this was my first Showdown.  I didn’t really know what to expect so I followed in a veteran volunteer (my Dad is on the Chuckwagon Committee). Arriving at the doors I started to feel a little nervous…I don’t know that many other people within the organization just yet- he told me to rest assured as there would be many friendly faces, not to mention my whole Committee.  Within minutes I had found a few fellow members of the Next Generation Committee and off we went to enjoy the evening.

We were hosted in halls D & E at the BMO Centre, which was transformed into a massive gathering place for the organizations volunteers. It takes a lot of organized and a talented folk to put on an event of this magnitude- everything was flawless. There were tables set up by alphabetical order to pick up accreditation, a mini Stampede Store kiosk, a fantastic live band, a fashion show hosted by the Stampede Store showcasing the latest and greatest styles in Western Wear (where the models were Committee Members)…and who could forget the super yummy dinner. I overheard some ladies wishing they could get the secret recipe for those baked beans.

One thing was evident as I looked around the room bustling with energy, we were all so excited to gather together and prepare for the 10-day show. On the front cover of my trusty Trail Guide booklet that included a crash course on everything Calgary Stampede was the following Promise quote similar to those we have all seen popping up all over the city:

We Promise to treat neighbours like family and to gather our family to welcome the world.

How fitting it is. I know we all can’t wait for July 9th, 2010 to arrive. There are only 23 days until Parade Day…Yahoo!

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