The 2013 Calgary Stampede will kick off Friday and run through July 14.
The Stampede Parade will start the festivities off Friday morning at 7:30 MT, featuring plenty of horses, floats and bands.
You can't start talking about the event without first talking about the rodeo, of course. According to the event's official website, the rodeo will take place every day starting at 1:15 p.m. MT. There will be six competitions that occur each day in the rodeo: ladies barrel racing, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding.
Of course, there's also the GMC Rangeland Derby. In the nine-heat event, 36 drivers and 216 horses will compete for $1.15 million in prize money. The event starts at 7:45 p.m. MT. It features an all-new semifinal on Saturday.
For those looking for theatrics (beyond the action in the ring, of course), head on over to the TransAlta Grandstand Show after the Rangeland Derby. The evening show includes comedy, song and dance, acrobatics and a fireworks finale to cap off the day. A list of the performers can be found here.
There will also be several events focused on agriculture at the 2013 Calgary Stampede, whether you want to share business ideas at the International Agriculture & International Room, learn about the beef cattle industry, witness the North American Sheep Shearing Challenge, learn about draft horses or watch the World Stock Dog Championship, among other things. Unfortunately, the recent flooding in the area has led to the cancellation of the cutting horse competition.
The Stampede even offers something for you water sport lovers this year. The Bell aqua ranch, complete with water fountains that shoot water 70 feet up into the air, will feature the H2X Extreme Watershow, which includes daredevils doing stunts on jet skis. "Out of the Blue" will follow, treating spectators to a fantastic, colorful water display, complete with special effects.
Show times are at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. MT daily.
Last but not least, Stampede attendants will get a chance to be contestants on Family Feud Live, based on the hit TV show. Comedian Caroline Rhea will host the show.
An hour before each show, producers will pick out 10 people (two families of five) among 100 hopefuls. Families will compete for prizes valued at over $1,000.
Show times are at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. MT daily. There will also be special times on July 7, 9 and 10 at 9:30 a.m.MT. Shows will last approximately one hour. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older.
There will also be plenty of food, live music and games available. Check out CalgaryStampede.com for more information.