September proved to be a busy month at the Calgary Stampede, with many community events taking place. From our annual Community Fall Fair, the Giddy-Up Rodeo and the 4-H Rodeo, a sense of western hospitality and community spirit could be felt in the air. Here’s a recap of some of the community events we hosted this September:
Community Fall Fair
There wasn’t a better way to celebrate the beginning of fall than at the Calgary Stampede’s fourth annual Community Fall Fair on Saturday, September 21.
“The day was a great chance for the community to gather in beautiful ENMAX Park and welcome fall,” said Todd Hawkwood, Chair, Community Projects & Development committee at the Calgary Stampede. “We had more than 50 local vendors and artisans, great entertainment on the stage, and our volunteer committees came out and showed the community what they do a little differently. The Historical committee put together an incredible display, commemorating the 1919 Victory Stampede, which was held in September. The display really showcased how the city came together in a time of uncertainty and celebrated as a community.”
Guests at the event enjoyed arts and crafts, dressing up scarecrows, lawn games and a kiss or two from Manny the Llama. New this year, as part of the entertainment lineup, guests also got to see the top six First Nations Princess contestants dance in what was their final judged competition before the crowning on Sunday, September 22, 2019. The six Royal Trio competitors could also be found around the fair, volunteering at various activities and interacting with guests.
Smiles, laughs and fun filled the North Barn of the Agriculture Building on Sunday, September 29, at the 35th annual Queen’s Alumni Giddy-Up Rodeo. Nearly 70 children and youth with special needs and their families were given the opportunity to experience a rodeo-like environment.
It was an exciting and memorable morning, as guests had the opportunity to try their hand at lassoing, barrel racing on stick horses, bull riding on a bull teeter-totter and horseback riding, to name a few activities. There were also sheep, goats, donkeys and miniature horses on hand for guests to meet.
From animals, to live music and entertainment, it was an experience that many will never forget. Thank you to all of our volunteers who came out and made it an extra special morning!
(Photo: Calgary Stampede Rodeo committee)
More than 80 rising young rodeo stars came down to Stampede Park on September 28 and 29, to learn and compete as a part of the 22nd Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo. The next generation of competitors had the opportunity to develop their skills in clinics such as riding, roping and tying, which were taught by industry-leading experts including Calgary Stampede and Canadian Champions.
The 4-H members also put their skills to the test the evening of Saturday, September 28 and throughout the day on Sunday, September 29 in the Nutrien Western Event Centre, competing in the rodeo for a first place belt buckle and many other awards. Events at the rodeo included cow riding, pole bending and goat tying.
A huge thank you to our community members, volunteers and employees who came out to support these events!