Opening day is getting closer and closer as the Calgary Stampede prepares to open its gates for the 2014 season. This event runs for 10 days and it's expected to be another amazing year! Last year, the City of Calgary was able to keep the event going despite all odds.
In 2013 the event coordinators and managers were able to pull off the 2013 Stampede and it was an amazing achievement. If the flood had occurred a few days later, there was a good chance that the Stampede would have been delayed or canceled altogether.
The grounds were located in one of the hardest hit areas of the city. Approximately 3m of water filled the rodeo infield and the Saddledome saw the flood waters rise up to the 8th row of seats.
Fortunately, when the word spread that the flood had hit Calgary hard, companies and resources from across the province flew in to help. Crews that were working on the runway at the Calgary airport arrived at the scene to help get the Stampede back on track while contractors and crews that were working on highway projects across the province put their work on hold and headed to Calgary.
That was then and this is now. In looking back, we can reflect on the entire situation and see just how fortunate we were. This year we will be able to enjoy the Calgary Stampede with pride. With more than $2 million worth of prizes available for the top-ranked cowgirls and cowboys, it's going to be a great show. In the GMC Rangeland Derby there will be 216 horses and 36 chuck wagons that will be competing for a purse that's worth more than $1.15 million.
If you can make it to the Calgary Stampede Parade on July 4 you be able to see William Shatner as the Grand Marshal. This is going to be a fantastic event this year with concerts from such performers as Paul Brand, Keith Urban, Shania Twain and many other headliners. Now that Canada Day has passed it's time to get ready for the Greatest Show in the World!