The Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede, Venues, Exhibitions, and Concern for the Environment

The Calgary Stampede is a festival, exhibition, outdoor show, and rodeo that is held annually in Calgary, Alberta. More than 700,000 visitors come to watch the show each year. They enjoy First Nations’ exhibitions, chuckwagon racing, agricultural competitions, stage shows, and a lot more. The event is organized to promote western values and heritage.

There are five venues – the Rotary House, Big Four Building, BMO Centre, Agriculture Building, and Grandstand. The Rotary House is a great choice for gatherings, weddings, and other events. The Big Four Building features a lounge, dining room, and meeting rooms. The BMO Centre is Calgary’s largest, with meeting rooms, exhibition halls, and plenty of space. The function rooms are ideal for speaking engagements, luncheons, gala events, weddings, and other formal events. The business center is fully equipped and fitted with computer work stations and other amenities. The exhibit halls are ideal for event management and come with an onsite kitchen, show offices, and a pre-function area. There are concession kiosks and banquet and conference facilities located on an area of 15,000 sq. feet. The exhibit halls are perfect for banquets, speaking engagements, consumer and trade shows, and other special events. The Quarter House is designed for visitors who show concern for the environment and embrace sustainable living.

The Agriculture Building features tie stalls and box stalls and has a capacity to seat 2,200 visitors. Grandstand is a facility designed for different types of events, from performances and banquets to trade shows and concerts. The market is found in the BMO Centre, with vendors offering food, household items, toys, craftwork, artwork, and more.

First Nations
The Five Nations – Siksika, Kainai, Stoney, Piikani, and Tsuu T'ina build an Indian Village, reenact events that present their traditional lifestyle and customs, and organize pow wows (events to socialize, sing, and dance). Interpreters guide visitors while representatives of the tribes answer questions. Visitors learn about weapon and tool making, clothing, designs and other aspects of traditional culture and lifestyle. You can ask about their rituals, dances, cooking vessels, meat cutting and drying, beadwork and decoration, and a lot more. The Pow Wow Dance competition is also held.

The Midway
The Midway features carnival games, rides, and concert areas, as well as plenty of games. There are themed areas that showcase crafts, music and musicians, artworks and artists, and food and wine. Visitors can choose from different events and venues such as the Western Art Gallery, artists’ studios, Western Photo Gallery, Western Art Auction, and others.

The Boyce Theatre
The theatre has a seating capacity of 590 (lounge and theatre) and features amenities such as a reception area, air conditioning, and others. It is ideal for events such as concerts, theatre performances, presentations, meetings, lectures, and others.

Green Initiatives and Programs
There are green meeting facilities and green initiatives. The environmental programs and initiatives include waste management, storm water management, solar roof panels, LED lighting, environmental trolley tours, and others. The Canadian Stampede also has recycling initiatives for tin cans, paper, mercury, gardening material, plastics, and others. During the Stampede, guests, visitors, and vendors have access to double recycling centers, recycling chuckwagons, solar-powered trash compactors, beverage recycling containers, and more. The focus is on the reduction of environmental pollution, green living, and safety. There are recycling initiatives to reduce the volume of organic waste, including vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee filters and grounds, animal bedding waste, and others.