The Greatest Out Door Show On Earth

1912 WordsDec 6, 20168 Pages
The Greatest Out Door Show on Earth The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the 10-day spectacle in Calgary, Alberta, known as the Calgary Stampede. With history from one-hundred years ago, the Calgary Stampede celebrates Alberta’s western heritage and pioneer spirit. The Calgary Stampede is home to timeless history, a myriad of exciting events that Calgarians hold close, and should be celebrated for years to come. The Calgary and District Agricultural Society was formed in 1884 to promote the town and encourage farmers and ranchers from eastern Canada to move west. The earliest roots of the Calgary Stampede date back to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair, attracting a quarter of the town 's 2,000 residents. The exhibition grew annually, and in 1908 the Government of Canada announced that Calgary would host the federally funded Dominion Exhibition that year. Seeking to take advantage of the opportunity to promote itself, the city spent $145,000 to build six new pavilions and a racetrack. It held an extravagant parade as well as rodeo, horse racing, and trick roping competitions as part of the event. The exhibition was a success, drawing 100,000 people to the fairgrounds over seven days despite an economic recession that afflicted the city of 25,000 people (Dixon & Read, 2005). Guy Weadick, an American trick roper who participated in the Dominion Exhibition as part of the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Real Wild West Show, returned to Calgary
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