Calgary Stampede Day 4: Recap, rodeo and Community Day

The Calgary Stampede celebrated the contributions of 19 farm families on Monday

Alberta favourite Zeke Thurston came up a bit short today aboard Distilled Whiskey scoring a 6th place 83, but Thurston has earned $16,500 finishing first in Pool A of the Calgary Stampede Saddle Bronc event. SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

The Stampede took a bit of a breather after a big opening weekend, though tens of thousands still clicked the turnstiles on Day 4.

Just shy of 87,000 made it to the grounds Monday, bringing the total 2022 attendance to 523,413.

Also on Monday, the Calgary Stampede recognized 19 southern Alberta farm families at the 26th annual BMO farm family awards. Each municipal district nominates a farm family from the area.

“Farm families aren’t just integral to Alberta’s rural economy, they’re a foundational part of our proud agricultural heritage,” said Nate Horner, Alberta Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development.

Cardston County – Gibb Family
County of Forty Mile – Morgan Family
County of Newell – Evans Family
County of Warner – Thomas Family
Cypress County – Forbes Family
Foothills County – Brocklebank Family
Kneehill County – Leinweber Family
Lethbridge County – Vanden Elzen Family
MD of Pincher Creek – Rutledge Family
MD of Ranchland – Green Family
MD of Taber – Unruh Family
MD of Willow Creek – Dunlop Family
Mountain View County – Henry Family
Rocky View County – Hurt Family
Special Area No. 2 – McNiven Family
Special Area No. 3 – Westerlund Family
Special Area No. 4 – Strankman Family
Starland County – Landry Family
Vulcan County – Greene Family
Wheatland County – Konschuh Family

The rodeo (photos below) was once again in full swing, with some big rides in the rodeo grounds (results here). The Cowboys Rangeland Derby was fast on Monday night -and after four nights, Chanse Vigen leads the aggregate standings (results here).

Tuesday on the grounds

Tuesday is TC Energy Community Day – where there’s free admission for everyone from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For seniors (65+) there’s free admission all day long, with free coffee and doughnuts until 10:30 a.m.

Today also marks the start of the Calgary Stampede Powwow. Going from July 12 to 14, you can view competitive dancing, drumming and singing, along with other Indigenous performances at the Saddledome.

Rodeo photos – Day 4

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