We are excited to share the 2016 Report to the Community with you.
This year, you will hear the 2016 Stampede stories directly from Stampede volunteers and employees.
The three lead videos take you back to our rainy-but-wonderful 2016 Stampede, on the journey of ENMAX Park and into the brand new TransAlta Performing Arts Studios.
In the stories that follow, the Stampede team takes you behind the scenes to the lesser-seen moments of Stampede. Stories like this, one from Josh Traptow on the Ag Media committee:
This year, I was assigned to help the Heavy Horse Pull. We had a competitor—Rocky Dempsey—from Fort McMurray. When I first talked to him, just before Stampede, he had been evacuated from Fort McMurray. He didn’t know if he was going to be able to compete. He’d been training for months before the fires and, when he fled, he wasn’t able to bring the harnesses he needed for the competition. Ever since he was a kid, he’d dreamed of competing at the Calgary Stampede.
He decided not to give up. He overcame so much to be able to compete in the Stampede after all he had been through. It was his lifelong dream come true.
Learn about new education and community programs. Meet a member of our award-winning bucking stock. What’s it like to sit down with a 1960s Rodeo Star? Who did the Showband drumline perform with at the Junos? Drop in on a moving encounter with farmers visiting from Belgium. And more.
The Report is an opportunity to get to know some of the faces behind the Stampede–and get a sense of how much work, passion and care goes into everything we do. We hope you enjoy it!