It would be remiss of me not to preface this post with a MASSIVE thanks to my good friend Joy and her amazing hospitality this past weekend in Calgary for the 2006 Calgary Stampede.

Not really knowing anyone in Calgary and not having any real accommodation options available to me, Joy and her family saved my bacon by allowing me to crash with them for a few nights - thanks ever so much ladies!

I could write a REALLY long blow-by-blow entry going into detail with all the mischief I got up to this weekend (the bit about our night out at Cowboys alone could take me hours to write), but I'm going to wimp out and instead subscribe to the old adage that, "A picture tells a thousand words..."

I've prepared a comprehensive selection of images covering all my Calgary Stampede experiences this year including shots from the "Wildcard Saturday" Rodeo event, the Chuckwagon Finals and Stage Show on Sunday... and of course, the night time festivities at the infamous Cowboys nightclub. Enjoy!


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Prime, in-field seating for the rodeo, if you don't mind!
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Things really heated up to kick things off...
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The theme of the opening act was definitely "flags"...
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This year's crop of warriors lined up for the National Anthem.
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When there ain't no actial flagpole handy...
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Rodeo events

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The one where calves are lassoed and thrown to the ground with their legs hog-tied. Doesn't seem all that fun for the baby cows...
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Stay right where you are Mr Ed.
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Penny for your thoughts, mate?
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They be the ideal Stampede footwear!
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Now we're talking! Hang on there mate!
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Teaming up against the wee cows now...
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I was pretty happy with this shot - a competitor at full stretch...
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When it came to speed and precision, these ladies had it all over the blokes...
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The whole "Sun Smart" thing hasn't really resonated over here yet...
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The moment they trotted out the bulls, things got mighty real...
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Someone's looking for a fight!
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Insane. Just insane that these fellas willingly do this!
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Chuckwagon Racing

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Just when you think it can't get any more dangerous... they go and quadruple the horsepower!
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A pause between heats and finals to watch these beauties trot on by.
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Then it was straight back into the heart-stopping action!
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Grandstand Show

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As the sun went down the arena was transformed.
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The famed Stampede Grandstand Show kicked off with a bit of a local history lesson...
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...which transitioned into something a bit more modern which started as a bit of a sing-along around a grand piano...
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...and become something explosive invlolving a cast of hundreds!
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Cirque du Soleil-esque acts were on the bill too!
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This couple of lads were damn impressive actually!
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The next day at the showgrounds

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What's a sideshow without some kind of brass marching band???
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We had time for some cultural enlightenment...
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...and time for a few thrills and elevated sightseeing.
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Cowboys

WARNING: If you are at all offended by fake boobs and skimpy clothing, cease scrolling right about now. You've been warned!

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