Every July the sprawling, oil-rich metropolis of Calgary in Alberta Canada hosts what has become known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Best of all, it broadcasts live on several well-positioned Calgary stampede webcams which move into place on the stampede showground during the festival. This annual rodeo exhibition and festival runs for 10 days from July 9th 2010 and is a world class, brilliantly organized County Show – and some.
The Stampede Showground and the Saddleback Arena is where the main action takes place, from the world’s largest rodeo and chuckwagon racing to barrel racing and agricultural exhibitions. Each night there is a superb edge-of-your seat show of bareback riding, steer wrestling, bull riding and pony racing. Around the city there are countless stages with world class performers in concert. To give you an idea of the sheer scale of the event, there are more than 2000 volunteer committee members making the event run like clockwork for more than two million visitors.
Stampede ambassadors greet visitors at the airport with their trademark red shirts and cowboy hats. Best of all, the city’s businesses large and small put on free breakfasts from bacon and eggs to waffles and pancakes and there are lines around the block waiting with good humour to be served.
So, put on your Stetson and chaps and head into town to compete with professional cowboys in roping and riding events to stake your claim on some of the $2 million in prize money. Alternately there are couple of Calgary stampede webcams specially trained on the showground. See horses, real cowboys, splendid parades and hundreds of spectators enjoying this annual street party on the well placed Calgary webcams and make it a date for next year. The opening parade is led by politicians and athletes and includes dozens of bands, dancers, floats and horses including the red-jacketed Royal Canadian Mounted Police so keep your eyes peeled.
Calgary is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the world from the Banff National Park to the snow-capped Three Sisters Peaks at nearby Canmore and can be enjoyed on the many Alberta webcams.