Stampede celebrates everything that is great about Calgary and Western culture. From bull riding to barrel racing, from Tim McGraw to Snoop Dogg, there really is something for everyone.
Calgary's spirit of volunteerism and hospitality are put on show for the world.
It's a celebration that politicians can't pass up. All except one, that is:
Justin Trudeau has been noticeably absent this year.
While he normally doesn't stay for long, it's always nice to see that he hasn't completely forgotten the province between B.C. and Saskatchewan.
The Prime Minister has made no indication that he intends to join, let alone to acknowledge, the festivities this year. Why would that be? Has he abandoned his lone MP and his chances of reelection, Kent Hehr?
Calgarians give their take as to why the Prime Minister is neglecting the "Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth," and Calgary Stampeder Mike Rose tells The Rebel that cowboys are fake.