Well that’s a wrap on the 2017 Calgary Stampede! This year went across the spectrum from co-hosting our Cow Town Style Exhibition at Smithbilt Hats to my first pancake breakfast in well over 10 years and seeing it through the eyes of a two year old in an “early” morning outing. I may have also snuck in the standard rodeo and a few of the normal events here and there as well…
First off the event at Smithbilt’s beautiful new facility was so much fun! Thank you to all that helped out making sure it went off without a hitch and to those folks that came out, we couldn’t have asked for a better event! Also if anyone is looking for a unique facility that’s totally high end, for an event or gathering- give Smithbilt a call!
Heading out to a community pancake breakfast was also a lot of fun and a great way to meet your neighbors! I always avoided them in the city but thoroughly enjoyed it this year.
Venturing on the grounds with Miss Ayla (age 2) put a fresh perspective on Stampede for me. No it wasn’t the flashy lit midway or the sugar filled mini doughnuts that held her attention, it was the colouring table at the sheep exhibit and the ranch rodeo, oh and her sparkly leopard cowboy boots- what can I say the girl knows what she likes and I can’t say I disagree. And even though I wasn’t called as the 50/50 winner, I did thoroughly enjoy some midway cuisine and checking out the new Maker’s Market.
And finally, probably one of the most overwhelming things that might have happened to me this Stampede, I was honored to receive a message from Mr. Winston Bruce just a week before his passing. His simple message, he complimented my photos and how I styled my western wear and said it seemed to be meant for me, kind words that I never got to repay but will be forever grateful for…
So until next year folks, happy trails.
All photos by Jennifer Masterman Photography