Connecting people from around the world at the greatest outdoor show on earth


It has been another very successful Calgary Stampede for the cowboys, cowgirls, and patrons. The Calgary Stampede has something for everyone no matter whether you are attending for the rodeo, chuckwagons, the midway, or the food.

The Calgary Stampede is able to connect people from all of the world to western and rural lifestyle through the rodeo stampede and ag building in several different ways. For many people in attendance,  the stampede may be their only first-hand contact with agriculture every year. From pigs, to milk, to wheat, and beyond, consumers have 10 days to interact and learn from volunteers representing all areas of agriculture.

I was able to attend the Stampede this year, and it was a real treat because we had some friends visiting from Scotland with us. We spent a full day on the grounds and they were absolutely blown away at the entire event.  It was a great reminder that the Stampede is not just about exposing Canadians to western lifestyle and agriculture, but it’s also about connecting with people from around the world.

Of course many people attend the Stampede specifically to see the rodeo and Rangeland Derby. This glimpse into the western lifestyle gives people a fun peek at cowboys and cowgirls competing for some big prize money. For the competitors, rodeo is not an easy lifestyle as they travel from rodeo to rodeo, but it is truly a way of life.

Hear my discussion all of the activities at the Calgary Stampede with agriculture and rodeo reporter, Dianne Finstad.

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