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Calgary Stampede celebrates 100 years

- May 1st, 2012

The Calgary Stampede is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year — and you could win the opportunity to join the more than one million people expected to attend this year’s edition of the ”Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine arrive on a stage coach at the Calgary Stampede at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta July 7 2011. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Garth Brooks.

Following last year’s exciting visit from Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the Stampede will outdo itself for its centennial anniversary by staging a concert by the King of Country – and one of my favourite performers of all time – Garth Brooks.

The usual mix of rodeos, chuckwagon races, exhibits, midway rides and games, and strange food options – from bacon sundae funnel cake to cotton candy cupcakes – will also be available on site.

Here’s how you could be on your way to the Calgary Stampede for free.

On May 9, drop by Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, the Art Gallery Public Square in Vancouver, or Stephen Avenue in Calgary and discover the red envelope in a pile of traditional Stampede white hats to win.

This red envelope contains a prize pack full of amazing Stampede fun, including airfare to and from Calgary, two nights hotel accommodation, tickets to the sold-out Brooks concert, food, event passes, a gift card for Western clothing and passes to local Calgary attractions like the Calgary Zoo.

Members of the public must arrive at each event by 11:30 a.m. local time to secure a wristband in order to participate in the white hat drop. Only the first 200 people to stop by will be able to search through the pile of hats for their chance to discover the prize envelope and win.

The Calgary Stampede takes place from July 6 to 15, 2012. Visit calgarystampede.com for more information on this year’s Stampede centennial.