July 8-17 marked the annual Calgary Stampede - 10 days of rodeo preceded by Canada's largest parade. English students from LSC Language Studies Canada went with their classes for the opening parade and to meet Canadians enjoying the festivities. Then it was on to the rodeo for tie-down roping, bronco riding, and Chuckwagon races. The whole city has a festival atmosphere during the Stampede, as local businesses concentrate on showing the famous Western hospitality.
Stampede events combine an agricultural fair with a midway and the rodeo. The Chuckwagon races held each evening are very popular, but the students' overall favourite was the bucking broncos. Afternoons are dedicated to events such as bull riding and steer wrestling. Many rock and country musical acts perform at the Stampede. With something for everyone and over a million visitors each year, the Calgary Stampede is aptly called the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth".