This year, however, being the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, means that it's going to be even so nutso than usual. Case in point, 70,000 people attended a pancake breakfast in the parking lot of Chinook Centre mall on Saturday. I like a free pancake as much as the next guy, but not if I have to elbow 69,999 hombres out of the way to get it.
I will be working for National Music Centre at Stampede for a few days this week, staffing the NMC booth. I am prepared to sacrifice a goat and three small children to ensure that the booth is not in the direct sun.
There were a couple of Stampedey-themed activities on my dance card recently.
The first was Stomp & Strum at National Music Centre, held shortly after the parade wrapped up, on the first official day of Stampede. In the 45 minutes it took me to drive there, I managed to set a new land speed record for getting sick of Stampede. Dodging oblivious wandering cowpokes and those guys with flags standing in the middle of the street waving people into impromptu parking lots, avoiding collisions with rubber-neckers, and duly noting official signs reading "No Parking on Centre Median" confirmed that crazy season had arrived. But it broke my heart to find that I had arrived at NMC mere minutes after Mondo Spider had departed.
However, I got to hang with his Beakerhead buddy, Daisy the 4-metre steam-punk solar tricycle, the next day at East Village Vintage in the Village, so that was cool.
What deep-fried fair food on a stick do you recommend I
sample while I am on the Stampede grounds this week?