As a born and bred Calgarian you can imagine Ive got a boot full of memories when it comes to the Greatest Show On Earth. I remember being knee high to a fatted calf, sittin on the curb with my family watchin the Parade go by when a lady horseman lost her hat. Spurred on by my father I ran out into the "fray", picked it up and handed it to her and just as the "awwws" died away they were replaced by gasps. I turned around and the woman Id just handed the hat to was now flat on her back in the middle of the street, her horse having bucked her just after I turned around. Felt responsible for that for YEARS!
Then there was the year the Canadian Snowbirds were honored guests and actually had one of their aircraft in stasis at the grounds for perusal and pictures. (Ill have to see if I can find that someday) Sittin in the left seat of that CT-114 Tutor, I realized right then and there what I wanted to do with my life... FLY! Unfortunately, as the saying goes MEN DREAM, GODS LAUGH.... it was a year later when I learn just how colour blind I was and no Airline in their right minds who hire a man who cant tell the difference betwee the sky and the ground.
My mother actually worked at a jewelry booth for a couple of years; the thought of spending all day down at the grounds was appealing at first... then it turned into 12 hour days sittin in the middle of 8 acres of concrete... NOT alot of fun. Course there WAS that pizza vendor who used to give us all his "left-overs" before he shut down... the midnight snacks were AWESOME!
Strangely enuff my fondest memory for these 10 days didnt even take place at the grounds and, in a way, had NOTHING to do cows or chuckwagons. My eldest sister had a friend in from out of town and, deciding they needed a day off from Cahboying, announced they were headed to Bowness park to do a little canoeing. Now being the NON SPOILED YOUNGEST CHILD I politely asked if I could accompany them to which they WHOLEHEARTEDLY agreed .
Now Bowness Park has a fair size lagoon with a small river that actually branches off from the Bow.. after a half hour of paddling in circles we decided to head up stream. We had JUST passed the first corner when I yelled at my sister and her friend to STOP! Confused, they asked me what was wrong but there REALLY wasnt time to explain. "BACK UP! BACK UP!" I screamed, paddling furiously enuff till they had not choice but to join me. So there we were, traveling backwards in a rented canoe, two young ladies with blank looks on their faces and a young boy who couldnt keep his eyes off the canoe that had passed them going the other way only moments ago.
We caught them...
I was right....
WHO would have thought in the middle of small river in NW Calgary that boy would meet one of his idols. (The Stampede was honoring the NHL that year)
OR that that Idol would just HAPPEN to have a pen and paper on him.... like it happens all the time.
Have a GREAT WEEKEND now...
2007 Record Year
Thursday 47,139 89,185 92
Friday 92,242 107,268 00
Saturday 123,132 177,207 77
Sunday 150,420 171,784 99
Monday 87,767 100,611 91
Tuesday 118,803 127,247 06
Wednesday 134,544 148,512 89
Thursday Unavail 115,126 88