Growing up as a little girl, I naturally had visions of my life as a princess. What little girl didn’t? Well, if you’re between the ages of not less than 19 years of age and not more than 24 years of age on August 1, 2012 – this vision could become a reality. Since my hopes of becoming a member of the famed Royalty are far beyond my reach, I felt it only appropriate to ensure anyone who is thinking of applying to enter the contest knew of the deadline (which is fast approaching- this September 4th!).

Have you ever wondered where the beginnings of our Calgary Stampede royalty came from?

In 1946, Patsy Rodgers (married name, Patsy Henderson) was asked by members of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board to become their first Stampede Queen. Her responsibilities included riding her horse in the Stampede Parade and leading the Grand Entry before each afternoon Rodeo performance.

While the way of choosing the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses may have evolved over the decades, the rich tradition continues. Applications for the 2013 Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses Contest are due by Tuesday, September 4.

“Stampede Queen and Princesses represent the Calgary Stampede to the rest of the world”, said Dana Tremblay, chair of the Royalty committee. “The winning three contestants must embody the Stampede values of integrity, pride of place, western hospitality and commitment to community.”

A number of contest events are open to the public and tickets to the Crowning ceremony are available for $25 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Kathie James at k.james@telus.net or 403.244.7638.

 Date  Time   Event Location 
 Sept 15  11 a.m. Preliminary Equestrian Competition Al Azhar Fez Dome
 Sept 16  1 p.m. Speech competition Boyce Theatre,StampedePark
 Sept 22  9 a.m. Semi-Final Equestrian Competition Al Azhar Fez Dome
 Sept 25  6:30 p.m. Bingo night Alberta’s Children’s Hospital
 Sept 29  11 a.m. Final Equestrian Competition Hebson Arena, Okotoks
 Sept 30  2:30 p.m. Crowning and Presentation Palomino Room, BMO Centre,
StampedePark