The GreatestOutdoor Show on Earth is the billing Calgarians give their annual Stampede, anddevotees of the Old West, at least, agree it is a reasonable claim. For 10 dayseach summer—this year, July 9-18—the whole Canadian city dresses in Westernregalia, there is square dancing in the downtown streets, hundreds of Indiansencamp and the world's top rodeo performers compete for more than $100,000 inprizes, in all events from wild-row milking to riding outlaw horses. PaulHogarth, one of Britain's best-known graphic artists, drew the scenes from lastyear's Stampede that appear on the following pages. "For me," he says,"an Englishman raised on movie Westerns, this was the real stuff, allright!" Opposite is the main entrance to the Stampede, a reconstruction ofthe North West Mounted Police post that preceded the building of the presentcity of Calgary.
Calgary featureschampionship calf roping and tying, Steer wrestling and bull and bronc ridingamong regular events. In the chutes, waiting riders are accompanied by sons andtomboy daughters.
Tall, colorfultepees of the Sarcee, Stony, Blackfoof and Peigan tribes embellish the grounds:plain and fancy attire of the Stampede's spectators helps, too.