The 2019 Calgary Stampede is officially in the books—the last rides have been ridden, the last corndog has been eaten, the last Chuckwagon has made its final lap around the track and the last firework has cascaded into a sparkling finale.
Although the end of the 2019 Calgary Stampede might feel a little bittersweet as all of the magic has come to a close, now is the perfect time to look back at the lasting memories and history that we made.
Stampede unofficially started on July 4 with Sneak-A-Peek, where we unveiled the Hawkins Fun Fair and a variety of Stranger Things themed rides, in partnership with Netflix Canada.
On July 5, the 2019 Calgary Stampede kicked-off in tradition with the Calgary Stampede Parade. Parade Marshal, Amber Marshall, and Honourary Parade Marshal, Commander 3rd Canadian Division Brigadier-General, Stephen Lacroix lead the Parade, in a tribute to women in western culture and the 1919 Victory Stampede, respectively.
Following the Parade, guests were invited down to Stampede Park, where we offered free admission following the Parade until 1:30 p.m. On July 5, a new daily record was set for the highest attendance numbers for the first day of Stampede, with Stampede Park welcoming 127,777 guests.
We also saw a huge turnout on Sunday, July 7, for Cenovus Family Day. Community members and family alike gathered for the free pancake breakfast and entertainment in the Grandstand and enjoyed the rest of their day on Stampede Park, taking in the sights and sounds of the Midway.
On Monday, July 8, the famed daredevil himself, Nik Wallenda, set a new record for the longest, unsupported urban tight rope walk. He walked 1,703 ft. from the Kids’ Midway to Rotary House. Spectators gathered below and couldn’t keep their eyes off of the sky as he began his trek across the wire. It took Wallenda only 40 minutes to complete the walk, when he officially broke the record.
Following Wallenda’s high-wire walk, guests partied it up on the Midway during the rest of Coca-Cola IgNITES the Night, with plenty of hot music, bright lights and adrenaline. DJ 4KORNERS spun beats on the Midway, guests could ride Midway rides until 1 a.m. and there were fun photo stations throughout the Midway.
On Tuesday, our community came together and showed their support for the Calgary Stampede on McDonald’s Community Day. July 9, we broke yet another daily attendance record, with 129,977 guests visiting Stampede Park.
Wednesday, July 10 marked BMO Kids’ Day. Families and kids of all ages came down to Stampede Park and enjoyed the free pancake breakfast and kids’ variety show on the Grandstand stage. 2019 BMO Jr. Reporters, Hailey Brilz and Isabelle Warnick, reported live from the Calgary Stampede on all of the exciting events taking place during the day!
Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 saw the brand new event, Bulls After Dark. When the sun went down the last two nights, the bulls came out at the Nutrien Western Event Centre. Guests to this sold out event rocked the night away to live music from Prairie State and DJ Joanna Magik, while watching outrageous stunts and high-energy bull riding and free styling.
On Sunday, July 14, the Calgary Stampede drew to a close with the thrilling Rodeo and Chuckwagon finals, the final performance of the 2019 Bell Grandstand Show: Trailblazer, and of course, fireworks.
The Calgary Stampede is excited to share the total attendance for the 2019 Stampede was 1,275,465 – that tops last year’s attendance by 4,224 and makes 2019 the second highest attended Calgary Stampede, second only to 2012, the Centennial Stampede. Thank you to the Calgarians, neighbours, guests and international visitors we’ve had from around the world who joined us for the 2019 Calgary Stampede! We couldn’t have done it without you. Yahoo!