Outdoor Show on Earth is the billing Calgarians give their annual Stampede, and
devotees of the Old West, at least, agree it is a reasonable claim. For 10 days
each summer—this year, July 9-18—the whole Canadian city dresses in Western
regalia, there is square dancing in the downtown streets, hundreds of Indians
encamp and the world's top rodeo performers compete for more than $100,000 in
prizes, in all events from wild-row milking to riding outlaw horses. Paul
Hogarth, one of Britain's best-known graphic artists, drew the scenes from last
year's Stampede that appear on the following pages. "For me," he says,
"an Englishman raised on movie Westerns, this was the real stuff, all
right!" Opposite is the main entrance to the Stampede, a reconstruction of
the North West Mounted Police post that preceded the building of the present
city of Calgary.
championship calf roping and tying, Steer wrestling and bull and bronc riding
among regular events. In the chutes, waiting riders are accompanied by sons and
tepees of the Sarcee, Stony, Blackfoof and Peigan tribes embellish the grounds:
plain and fancy attire of the Stampede's spectators helps, too.