When you grow up in Alberta and in particular close to the city of Calgary, summer involves attending the Calgary Stampede and for usually more than one day. I am not sure that I have missed a Calgary Stampede in the last 40 years. It is a part of my family with my dad being a volunteer for the Calgary Stampede for over 40 years. When the Stampede held a livestock show he was also the Barnboss for all of the cattle, horses, sheep and displays. Crystal and Stacy have grown up with the Stampede as well. Crystal's first steer show was at the CS.
Both the girls also competed in the Junior Livestock Scholarships program and over the years were awarded several thousand dollars in scholarships.
Crystal was also a member of the Agriculture Department staff for 2 summers and a part of the judging panel for the Supreme Interbreed Champions in 2006.
The Calgary Stampede runs from July 9 - 18, 2010. Although we will only get down there for a couple of days this year, it is something we always look forward too.
This year we will be exhibiting a steer in the Steer Classic, hopefully going to the rodeo, the World Famous Chuckwagon Races, the Western Art Show is a must see and there is no better fireworks show for 10 days running.
We have attended 2 World Simmental Congress's hosted on the CS show grounds, one in 1978 and the other in 2006. There is a lot of history in those barns. Many generations have exhibited cattle there. Showing that the cattle producers of Alberta are families that are committed to Agriculture for the long haul. If you are in the Calgary area or just need a really great holiday plan to attend the 2010 Calgary Stampede or one in the near future. You won't be disappointed.