Cowboy Hats and Shania Twain – Yee Haw!

Hartford York Hats - Men's Stetson Straw Western Hat - The Open RoadMake room on your calendar for Canada’s Calgary Stampede. It runs July 7 to 16, a mammoth 10-day fiesta of Western cool — one of the biggest rodeo events in North America. About 1.2 million visitors – more than the city’s population – regularly don their denims, mosey into town and whoop it up for dozens of edge-of-your-seat attractions, including bucking bronco contests and chuck wagon races (a frenetic Wild West reinvention of the Roman chariot dash).

Touted as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the 94-year-old Calgary Stampede is the city’s premier attraction. One long party for locals – many businesses allow unofficial work-slow schedules for their bleary-eyed employees – it’s a roiling cavalcade of rodeo contests, livestock exhibitions, stage shows and a giant, pulsating fairground midway. As you swagger around in your Stetson and tight jeans, check out the heart-attack-themed food stands: spongy corn dogs, macaroni and cheese deep-fried in breadcrumbs and, of course, many varieties of barbecued Alberta beef.

Visitors who survive this gastronomic assault spend most of their recovery time at the rodeo displays and at Calgary’s western-themed bars and nightclubs, [where they] cover their exteriors in straw bales and start pumping Shania Twain tunes into the streets.

Be still, my spurs!

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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