Come visit the Central Branch of the Calgary Public Library between June 15 and July 23 to meander through the Stampede’s past and present. Learn about the origins of the White Hat (hint: it has to do with Calgarians taking over Toronto during a Grey Cup game), arts and culture (did you know that the Calgary Stampede Showband holds five world championship titles?), sports at Stampede Park (the Big Four once held the world record for the number of curling rinks under one roof) and more.

There is also a showcase of items from the Calgary Stampede Archives. These include nosebands from past rodeo horses Glazed Honey, Tuffy, Deliverance and Zone Along. Glazed Honey was born in 1975 on the Stampede Ranch and bucked between 1988 and 1996 as a Saddle Bronc. Zone Along won many awards. In 1973 he was voted Champion Saddle Bronc for Canada as well as best Saddle Bronc of the Calgary Stampede. Eleven years later, he was the champion Saddle Bronc horse at the National Finals Rodeo.


Zone Along with rider John Picray

Also on display is 1976 Calgary Stampede Queen Cindy Morres’ hat, which features a distinctive gold beaded crown. This marked the first year that Margaret Fraser became involved with the then-titled Queen committee (now known as the Royalty committee) in planning and making outfits for the Royal Trio. She would remain a fixture of the committee for the next thirty years.[1]

The exhibit’s show-stopper is a larger-than-life rider and horse from the Parade committee’s Stampede float, which they graciously loaned for this display. The float is a rider and horse and the horse moves as if to buck its rider. It is pictured here at the 2006 Canada Day Parade in Canmore. Don’t miss this opportunity to get an up close view of this amazing piece of Stampede heritage.


Calgary Stampede float in the 2006 Canmore Canada Day Parade. Image courtesy of Parade committee member Gordon Purcell

The exhibit would not be possible without the supportive partnership of the Calgary Public Library. Hopefully you will find some time to drop by the library and take it all in.

“Our Stampede: Then & Now” runs from June 15 – July 23 in the foyer of the Central Library (616 Macleod Trail S.E.). The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and is closed Sundays. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


[1] Jennifer Hamblin, Calgary’s Stampede Queens (Victoria: Rocky Mountain Books, 2014), 191.