For ten days at the start of every July Calgary has their annual Stampede and Exhibition. It's something that most everyone who has grown up here remembers from their childhood fondly; get to see a Rodeo and Chuckwagon races, ride midway rides, play carnival games and eat midway food. Plus an agricultural exhibition, concerts, nightly fireworks and indoor marketplace.
And mostly everyone in the city takes this opportunity to pretend to be a cowboy/cowgirl for the week. I lack the boots and shirts to pull that off. And I don't have a good hat.
So I just don't bother.
Work is pretty much a write off this week too, because of:
- Pancake Breakfasts
- Stampede Parties
Almost every company will put on a breakfast and every client facing business will have a party. If you really wanted to, or were part of a sales team, you could spend every afternoon/evening at a function and not be sober the entire ten days.
Like yesterday, I went to a pancake breakfast that lasted six and a half hours. And used only a package and a half of pancake mix.
Good times, good times.
Tomorrow; Cleanse Day One.