100 days until the Calgary Stampede; 2022 poster unveiled

The 2022 Calgary Stampede poster, created by 19-year-old Edmonton artist, Kane Pendry. COURTESY CALGARY STAMPEDE

The 2022 Calgary Stampede is just 100 days away, and this year, they’ll have the full meal deal.

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is set to run July 8 to 17, 2022 and will include the Stampede Rodeo, the Rangeland Derby, the Bell Grandstand show and the sights, sounds and smells of the Midway.

Last year, the Stampede ran a pandemic impacted event, with a limited Midway, no chuckwagons and limited indoor activities. Places like Nashville North required testing or proof of vaccination before entry.

Stampede officials are raring to go with this year’s show. To commemorate Wednesday’s 100 days, they unveiled the new Calgary Stampede 2022 poster.

“We can’t wait to see our community gathered together once again, celebrating at Stampede Park and throughout the city in July,” said Steve McDonough, Stampede President & Chairman of the Board.

“And what better way to kick off the countdown to this year’s Stampede than to unveil the 2022 Calgary Stampede poster!”

This year’s poster

The poster, created by 19-year-old Kane Pendry of Edmonton, shows the spirit of competition and the relationship the Calgary Stampede has had with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

““I grew so much as an artist trying to find a way to bring this Stampede Poster to life,” says Pendry, adding that the 2022 competition was his third experience with the program.

Pendry said he was inspired to create the artwork that was selected for the poster after a personal experience at the 2021 Stampede.

“As an artist, I love the colors of the Relay Racers, and the craftsmanship of the horses. When I had the opportunity to stand just feet away and watch the Relay Racers at last year’s Stampede, I was enthralled by their work,” he said.  

“I interviewed the riders after and was deeply affected, hearing the heartfelt stories about how they train and care for the horses. It’s a very holistic sport, yet thrilling.”

To honour the competition shown in the poster, the Calgary Stampede will have an extra heat of the relay racing during the evening show this year.

For Calgary Stampede and rodeo tickets, visit calgarystampede.com

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