By Umair Lasi - James Bond of Calgary Real-Estate

Calgary's most lovable event of the year, "Stampede 2018"

“Much more than a ten-day long celebration with midway rides and bucking broncos, the Calgary Stampede is a gathering place that hosts, educates, and entertains visitors from around the world. Our purpose is to preserve and celebrate western heritage, culture, and community spirit.”

Did you make it out to the Stampede this year? Between July 6th and 15th, an incredible 1,271,241 people went through the gates at Stampede Park. Indeed, this year’s attendance was just shy of the attendance recode of 1.4 million, which was set in 2012. Still, this year brought about 56,000 more people than 2017. Many believe that the excellent weather helped draw out crowds. Only on the last night did a major storm and strong winds impact the festivities. Many Calgarians have a love/hate relationship with the Stampede, but it cannot be denied that the Calgary Stampede is the ‘greatest outdoor show on earth.’

Some interesting Stampede facts:

  • The Big Four Building at the Stampede Grounds is named in memory of A.J. MacLean, A.E. Cross, George Lane, and Pat Burns, who were the four businessmen who contributed $100,000 towards the first show to make it a reality
  • The first Calgary Stampede was hosted in 1912, which was a 6-day event; it wasn’t until 1968 when the Calgary Stampede became a 10-day event
  • The greatest outdoor show on Earth didn't become an annual event until 1923
  • Approximately 70% of people who go to the show every year are from Calgary
  • More than 1000 people are employed by the Calgary Stampede year-round; about 3200 people are hired during the 10-day event to perform various jobs; each year, more than 2200 people, mostly from Calgary, volunteer at the show
  • More than 7000 animals are hosted by the Stampede Park during the 10-day event
  • In 1939, admission to the grounds was just $0.25. In 2017, an adult ticket costed $18.00
  • Annually, the show generates over $345 million in economic benefit for Alberta
  • Stampede Park is over 200 acres in size and has more than 3.5 million visitors every year, more than a million of whom attend the Stampede during its 10 days
  • Over 2 million Canadians nationwide watch the Stampede Parade on television
  • By 1950, seven movie productions had filmed scenes at the Calgary Stampede
  • There’s an app you can download onto your smartphone called Flapjack Finder that shows you where all of Calgary’s free Stampede breakfasts are daily
  • According to a poll taken in 2011, 40% of locals who were sure they would visit the grounds expected to spend anywhere from $150 to $400
  • Over 2 million mini-donuts are consumed every year at the show
  • Over 200,000 pancakes are served at community breakfasts throughout Calgary during the Stampede
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