On Thursday evening, after my glorious, yet painful, 90 minute massage, my sister arrived for her belated 30th birthday Stampede extravaganza weekend.
The weather didn’t quite cooperate as we had planned, and my sister was recovering from a brutal case of bronchitis and had separated her ribs earlier in the week as well.
Merlin was kind enough to let us sleep in until 8ish and we slowly got assembled to drive to my mom’s for visiting and pool time
We arrived and it was time to enjoy some sangria in the pool. It was cool, but my mom’s pool is amazing and it was heated to about 92F, so we laid in the pool and watched the thunder and lightening for a few hours before moving inside when it really started to rain.
Mother Nature treated us to about 8 hours of thunder and lightening on Friday.
As we had rodeo tickets, we left my mom’s around 10 to head home, shower, and head on over to the rodeo.
We were lucky and were able to get all of our tickets to the events for half off, which is why we were going to the rodeo and chuckwagons this weekend.
No rodeo would be complete without a pickle dog and some beer.
After the rodeo we met up with Leslie and her husband and watched people ride the mechanical bull before the rain started (again) and we headed home to watch the chuckwagons on TV and headed to bed around 10:30.
Our original plan was to relax until the chuckwagons on Sunday evening, but the grounds had free admission before noon and half price standing room tickets for the rodeo, so we decided it would be worth it to pay $7 to take in the rodeo finals.
We grabbed tickets for Leslie and her husband and grabbed food (taco in a bag for me) and found a place to stand for the rodeo. Standing room tickets don’t have the best view, but I wasn’t about to complain for $7. We had great weather until the last round when the rain started to come down. We moved inside while we waited for the final 4 to go (the rodeo is divided into 2 pools of 10 people. The top 4 in each pool automatically move on to Showdown Sunday. The remaining 12 compete on Wild Card Saturday with the top 2 each moving onto Sunday. All 10 finalists compete once on Sunday with the top 4 moving on to compete for the $100,000 prize). Unfortunately, the rain didn’t let up, but we were able to watch and cheer while standing inside.
After the rodeo, I went in search of the mac and cheese burger, which was sadly a bit disappointing. My sister and I did a quick lap of the Marketplace, headed home to change and grab rain boots, and then it was time to head off to the Chuckwagon finals, but not before we grabbed dessert.
The chuckwagons were awesome, and the grandstand Grand Spectacular was absolutely amazing, as were the fireworks.
It was a long day, but absolutely worth it.
We’re currently chilling on the couch, and I plan on cleaning and napping for the rest of today.Rodeo, chuckwagons, sun, rain, and fried food! A @calgarystampede weekend.Click To Tweet
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