Photos: Heat didn’t stop nighttime Calgary Stampede fun

The Calgary Stampede at night as viewed from the BMO Centre expansion construction on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Calgarians braved the heat of the night at the Stampede grounds on July 14, taking in no small measure the food, games, and rides of the midway.

Temperatures in the city were recorded by Environment Canada at 28.1 degrees at 6 p.m. and eventually fell to 20 at around 11 p.m. That didn’t stop people from lining up for rides, or gathering to watch as others vied for prizes.

LiveWire Calgary was able to capture some of the night’s events from the 3rd floor of the BMO Centre expansion project, and then down on the midway itself as the night drew to a close with the Grandstand show fireworks.

Patrons walk through a mister during the dying light at the Calgary Stampede, trying to beat the punishing heat of the sun on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Calgary Stampede at night as viewed from the BMO Centre expansion construction on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Crowds stream through the Calgary Stampede at night, making their way from the Midway games to the food on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Employees of the Calgary Stampede walk the Midway, cleaning up after patrons on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Even as dusk falls, patrons line up for all sorts of Midway food at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
People line up for the Calgary Stampede rides on the Midway at night on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
People line up for the smaller of the two Calgary Stampede ferris wheel rides on the Midway at night on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A man tries his luck at holding on to a bar for two-minutes to win a prize at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Huge crowds gather to place their wagers on a Midway gambling game at the Calgary Stampede at night on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Folks watch as fireworks light up the skies over the Midway at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Fireworks light up the skies over the Midway at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Fireworks light up the skies over the Midway at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Just because the fireworks lit up the skies over the Midway at the Calgary Stampede, it didn’t mean people stopped buying lemonade on a hot night on Thursday, July 14, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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