Monday, July 11, at 7:30 a.m. members of the special needs community in Calgary began arriving to Stampede Park for a morning dedicated just to them. Hosted by the Calgary Stampede Queens’ Alumni committee, presented by Maxim, and with help from Cenovus and the Calgary Stampede Kids’ Day Breakfast committee, the event was a big success due to everyone’s collaboration.

Giddy Up Grits 2016
Eager guests heading inside the Stampede Corral for breakfast and entertainment

Some families have been coming for years, while others were excited to join in the fun for the first time. “We’re so excited to be here today – we heard about the event through the Autism board and never got around to attending but meant to every year,” one parent, Nicole Thonsor, shared.

Nicole Thonsor, her family and a family friend attend Giddy Up Grits for the first time.

The Thonsor family and the rest of the guests enjoyed breakfast – cooked by the Kids Day committee and served up by the Maxim Power Corp. volunteers.

Maxim Power Corp. volunteers cooking the breakfast
Maxim Power Corp. volunteers cooking the breakfast

Guests enjoyed entertainment from clowns, face painters, singers, mascots, draft horses from Draft Horse Town, mini donkeys from the Ag-tivity in the City committee, a dance demonstration from 2016 Indian Princess Vannessa Stiffarm, and more… including a special appearance from members of the Canine Stars, the Stampede’s new show that takes place daily at the Dog Bowl.

Dog Bowl

After breakfast and once families had their fill of the indoor entertainment, they headed outside for Midway rides.

Midway Rides

We were glad to see so many happy families who were able to enjoy Stampede activities before the rush of the general public began, and we’re already looking forward to another great Giddy Up Grits next year.