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It's All About The Stampede
Posted On 07/06/2018 21:45:01 by yourchoice

Today is the start of the 106th annual Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. It is now a 10-day event, starting with a huge parade. My parents would take me downtown to watch the parade, and a visit to the Exhibition. In elementary school, my teacher emphasized handwriting and would select some of our examples to compete in the Exhibition. I remember the first time I went to an afternoon Infield Rodeo event with my Dad. He knew a lot about the life of a cowboy because he had been a cattle driver before he married my mom.

We did the same thing when our children were growing up. We would make the annual trek to the downtown core, carrying folding chairs, umbrellas, lunch bags, camera, sunglasses, and a portable radio (so we could listen to the radio commentators. The parade started at 9 a.m., and we needed to go early to find a spot on the parade route for our chairs so we could be in the front row. It was fun but I looked forward to the day the kids could go with their friends if they were still interested.

Pancake Breakfasts are still well attended. They can be found in residential communities, on 8th Ave. downtown, and on the Fairgrounds. I just read that it is estimated that about 200,000 pancakes are served during the 10 days, and some even include bacon and eggs. I can do that at home too!

We haven’t personally attended any events for years. It’s much better watching the parade on TV, dragging snacks from the kitchen, and no “road apples” or “horse pucky” to scrape off my shoes! 

Drop by my page when you have time; Calgary Stampede is now my theme.

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10/02/2018 18:49:44

I enjoyed your armchair talk! Interesting Mona!

07/07/2018 10:09:11

That sounds like a ton of fun, well, except for the having to clean your shoes part, LOL.  Great memories for your family.  Wow, 200,000 pancakes!  Not to mention all the syrup and butter then the eggs and bacon.  I'm sure it is grand.  You have to be young to want to fight the crowds and watch the parade.  I bet it was nice.  Your page is great and I've learned something new also.  Thanks.

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