In Canada, we like to make note of all the people, inventions, and gifts that our nation has given to the United States: The All-American Girl (Mary Pickford), Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Scotty (James Doohan), basketball (invented by James Naismith), the Stanley Cup (we’d like it back any time now, please), Justin Bieber (you owe us big for that one), James Cameron and Celine Dion (Titanic punchlines are all yours), and so much more.
But this Fourth of July, we need to thank our neighbours for the gift of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. The 2012 Calgary Stampede begins on Friday and American co-founder Guy Weadick will be among those honoured during the 10 days of festivities marking the event’s centennial anniversary. Born in Rochester, New York, Weadick moved to Alberta in his 20s and soon envisioned a “cowboy championship,” which came to life in 1912. This year’s Stampede will be the biggest one yet, with more than 1 million people expected to attend and thousands of dollars in rodeo prizes up for grabs. Musical performers will include Garth Brooks, Paul Brandt, and the Tragically Hip.
As the US celebrates its Independence Day, be sure to remember all of the good things that nation has given us, including this party that will be the biggest and best on Canadian soil this year.
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