Good news for anyone heartbroken by the cancellation of the Calgary Stampede last year – plans for the 2021 event are underway and the Stampede is scheduled to take place July 9-18.
“We continue to strive to safely welcome our community again and look forward to July with great hope and optimism,” Kristina Barnes told Daily Hive.
Last year, the Calgary Stampede still hosted some of their famous fireworks shows that could be seen some distance from town, as well as food trucks with mini-donuts and other favorites halfway there.
The Stampede Week pancake breakfast tradition was also kept alive by the transit. The guests received a neatly packed box with everything they needed for their meal.
The Stampede is multi-faceted and offers a variety of fun options that go beyond the rodeo events. Food, the center, shopping and retail, agricultural exhibitions, as well as concerts and other performances are some of the things that keep visitors coming back year after year.
“Planning for Stampede 2021 includes the iconic experiences our guests expect and the flexibility to customize our operations,” said Barnes. “Details are not available, but we can expect unforgettable and fun experiences and look forward to sharing them as we approach July.”
While the exact details are under wraps, we know that anything Calgary Stampede plans to make has to be epic.
During Tuesday’s public COVID-19 briefing, the question was raised of when organizers would know if they could push forward in-person summer events like the Calgary Stampede.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer for health, said much of the possibility of events is vaccine based and how much of the population is being vaccinated.
“The more Albertans accept this offer, if they are entitled, the better we can consider allowing some festivals this summer – again depending on the schedule and vaccine availability – that we weren’t able to last summer. “
“We appreciate that events are not planned overnight – it takes many months for the big festivals that take place over a summer,” added Health Secretary Tyler Shandro.
“We’re doing our best to make sure we give the Albertans a way forward,” added Shandro. “But we still have no way of knowing how high our case numbers could be in the coming months.”
With tickets already on sale for the rodeo and evening show, the Stampede continues to review operational policies and work with various government and health agencies on specific security measures to support the best and safest Stampede possible.
What else could be different for the 2021 event? Calgary Stampede is likely to see a more local market compared to its global audience this year.
“We’re realistic that we may not be able to host international visitors, but we don’t expect our marketing efforts to be significantly different from previous years,” said Barnes.
That won’t stop the good times though – it’s always the Calgarians who seem to have the most fun at the Stampede anyway.
Not that we’re counting, but the 2021 Calgary Stampede is only 4 months away. So dust off your cowboy boots, get yourself a new plaid shirt and prepare for a comeback of the world’s greatest outdoor show.