The Calgary Stampede attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions. The first rodeo and festival was organized back in 1912, marking this year its 100th anniversary! Unfortunately, or fortunately... I missed most of it while I was in Kelowna photographing a wedding and laying on a beach! While people/cowboys from all over the country flock to Calgary for the 10 days of Stampede, It seems that it is also a poplar week for most Calgarians to take a vacation! Whether your for or against the Stampede, it is a pretty fun 10 days in the city (and is also what makes people think everyone from Cowtown is in-fact a cowboy) with free pancake breakfasts everyday, busy streets and bars that provides for some amazing 'people watching', and also gives you a chance to wear that cowboy hat you have stashed in your closet!