This Year’s Centennial Calgary Stampede – The Heat Is On And So Are The Parties!

Posted by on Sunday, July 8th, 2012 at 7:03pm.

Record crowds are pouring into the Calgary Stampede this year to celebrate its 100th anniversary as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. On Saturday visitors had to line up for hours in some cases to enter the gates and on Friday a new record was set when 108,455 visitors arrived to see the shows. On Sunday the crowds were standing shoulder to shoulder and there is no sign of things slowing down this week.

The grounds are looking active, the lineups are long and Mother Nature is doing her part to keep the festivities uptown and upbeat.

The CEO and president of Tourism Calgary, Randy Williams, predicts that 2012 will set a new record for attendance. The highest attendance ever recorded was set back in 2006 with 1,262,518 people entering the turnstiles.

The centennial celebrations have definitely loaded up the hotel rooms in Calgary but there are still some rooms available for people that want to join the party. There's never been a better time to do it either.

Across the city companies are competing to throw the biggest and flashiest Stampede parties. As companies try to one up each other the money is flowing for big music headliners, fancy food and specialty drinks. Sorrenti's Catering is reporting that it is experiencing its biggest year yet.

This company has approximately 36 events to cater during the festivities and most of its business is coming from companies that are planning parties during the day for their employees.

Companies like Cowboys, a nightclub here in Calgary that has only recently opened, is also reporting record crowds. Not only big companies but smaller ones as well are booking seats for 10 to 20 people at a time at Cowboys.

It is this type of activity that is proving just how economically stable Calgary is becoming. Parties and other affairs are usually the first to be cut out when times get tough. This year there is definitely a different type of spark in the air as people willingly dig into their pocketbooks to take part in the Calgary Stampede and all of the festivities and parties surrounding it.

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