Our last day in town was quite busy. Packing, family picnic, and the Stampede … for those who know well … you know! For those in the U.S. think of it as a really big county/state fair combined with a rodeo. For others, well … the stampede started in 1912 as a rodeo and exhibition and has grown to become one of Canada’s fondest traditions.
We missed the rodeo aspect of things (man to see the broncos and bull riding, the barrel racing, and the calf wrestling … the true spirit of the fair) … but we did get to walk the grounds and enjoy the celebrated chuck wagon racing and the grandstand show. This being the centennial year for the province of Alberta they put on quite a show. It was a long night and one must go to bed to ensure one is on the plane to Victoria tomorrow today. But I will leave you with a few of the sights from today – I have lots more (about 100-150 photos), so we will give private slide shows of the entire trip once we get home (or visit).

The grounds were lined with games, rides, and shops – and crowded with people

Joe saw goats, sheep … and this here ox. Not to mention horses!

We caught a show ride – these girls (16-21) were good

Dinner at the fair

Then it was time for the chuck wagon races … oh baby!

Flying the flag high during the national anthem

The grandstand show featured dancing, singing, comedy, acrobatics … and music

The night ended with a spectacular fireworks display

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