Calgary Stampede Day 2: Crowds, chucks and Midway fun

An outrider races at the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

The story of day two of the Calgary Stampede can be summed up in three words: thousands attend grounds.

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth has swung back into full pre-pandemic form, as Calgarians took to the fairgrounds on a sunny Saturday to take in the renewed show.

Attendance swelled to 117,231 on Saturday, bringing the two-day (plus sneak-a-peek) total to 271,944. Suncor’s Family Day goes Sunday. The weather is expected to be mild, so that could bring a big crowd out.

From the Nashville North tent, to the BMO Centre’s Dog Bowl show, pent-up demand for the Stampede’s entertainment led to lineups. Some lines snaked their way through the park, as that demand far outstripped venue capacity.

Day 2 of the rodeo (results here) and the chuckwagons (photos below and results here) also took centre stage.

Photos from the Midway

A trio of boys play in a YAHOO sign at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Thousands of people fill up the Midway at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A pair of men attempt to defeat the Hang Time game in the Midway at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Crowds enjoy the evening Midway games and rides during day two of the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Crowds enjoy the evening Midway games and rides during day two of the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Crowds enjoy the evening Midway games and rides during day two of the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Photos from the Cowboys Rangeland Derby

A pair of ushers are silhouetted prior to the start of the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Canadian Flag is waved proudly through the Grandstand Arena at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Darcy Flad races around barrel one in the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Mitch Sutherland leans into his cornering of barrel one in the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Vern Nolin, centre, leads his heat at the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
An outrider races at the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Chanse Vigen leads during his heat at the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Chanse Vigen races in the Cowboys Rangeland Derby a the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Dallas Dyck races during the Cowboys Rangeland Detby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
An outrider races during the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Danny Ringuette, right, leads his heat during the Cowboys Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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