Organizers of the Calgary Stampede say the show will go on “come hell or high water.”
Crews are working to ready the flooded grounds for the opening of the Calgary Stampede, which president Bob Thompson says will run as scheduled, July 5-14.
“We have pumped millions of gallons of water from our facilities, scraped the mud from our tarmac, commenced the clean-up of our park, all to welcome guests from around the world,” he said.
“Last year the theme of our centennial was: ‘We are greatest together.’ A year later this motto could not be more true. We are greatest together. We will be hosting the greatest outdoor show on earth, come hell or high water.”
The event will open with the traditional Stampede Parade on the morning of July 5th. The rodeo, midway and chuckwagon races will run as planned.
Thompson noted that during its 101-year history, the show has never been cancelled, enduring through two wars and the Great Depression.
The Stampede has an economic impact of more than $340-million each year for the area.