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Day 4 recap: Monday heat causes Calgary Stampede attendance decline

Day 4 recap: Monday heat causes Calgary Stampede attendance decline
Day 4 recap: Monday heat causes Calgary Stampede attendance decline

On Monday, the number of visitors dropped as it is the start of the week and a heat wave is approaching that will grip the city for the next few days.

But with Tuesday being TC Energy Community Day, that means free admission for everyone from 10am to 2pm, with seniors and military free all day. Hopefully that will help boost attendance despite the 86+ degree Fahrenheit temperatures forecast for the Stampede grounds today.

Monday was a real rollercoaster: the number of visitors was 90,843, a significant drop compared to the more than 200,000 visitors who arrived on Sunday.

On Monday, 18 Alberta farm families were recognized at the BMO Farm Family Awards, which recognize their commitment to agriculture and community. You can view the full list of winners here.

On the chuckwagon track, Troy Dorchester had the fastest time at the Cowboys Rangeland Derby, with a 1:10.93. Jason Glass, who had been the leader after nights two and three, fell to sixth. Day One leader Chad Fike had a solid Day Four run with a time of 1:12.30 and now sits back atop the overall chuckwagon leaderboard.

Fike holds a two-second lead over Jamie Laboucane and Chanse Vigen as Day 5 begins. Full results can be found here.

At the Calgary Stampede rodeo on Monday, Kolby Wanchuk was the only Canadian to earn the top daily purse, with a score of 87.5 aboard Alberta Moon in the saddle bronc event. Lucas Macza of High River also cashed, with a score of 83.5 for a ride on Renegade.

Lynette Brodoway of Brooks, Alberta was half a second behind the leaders in the women’s barrel racing event on Monday, with a time of 17.55, but it was enough to earn her a $2,000 payday. Blake Molle of Chauvin, Alberta was five-hundredths behind and took home $500.

Full rodeo results can be found here . Photos of the winners are below.

RICHMOND CHAMPION – STEVENSVILLE, MT, aboard Grit Your Teeth scored an 87.0 in the bareback event. SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
KATELYN SCOTT – ODESSA, TX, with an astonishing 17.120 to take home the $7,000 daily purse in women’s barrel racing. SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
KOLBY WANCHUK – SHERWOOD PARK, AB scored an 87.5 on Alberta Moon. SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
CHASE BROOKS – DEER LODGE, MT, tied with Wanchuk with an 87.5 aboard Falkland Playboy. SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
TY ERICKSON – HELENA, MT, with a 4.5 in steer wrestling on Day 4 to win the $7,000 top prize. SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
TREY KIMZEY – STRONG CITY, OK, scored an 83 with Last Rights to win the $12,375 day purse as one of two riders to stay on their horses. SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Noteworthy from Midway – Smokin’ Outlaws BBQ’s Full Rack BBQ Ribs won Midway’s Best Carnivore award. You should definitely check them out on the property!

Tuesday on the grounds

As mentioned before, it is TC Energy Community Day, so if you arrive before 2pm, your entrance is free. That is always a bonus.

It’s going to be hot, but there are misting stations throughout the grounds and plenty of places inside where you can cool off and still enjoy the Calgary Stampede’s great exhibits.

They have the World Stock Dog Championships, the vintage tractor pull, horse-drawn farm equipment, breakaway roping, and the Stampede Showriders, just to name a few. You can check out the full schedule of events here.

There’s always music at the Calgary Stampede, and tonight at Nashville North it’s Megan Moroney. She starts at 10:30 p.m.

The Coca-Cola stage is full of fun with Valley at 6:45pm, Chelsea Cutler at 8pm and The Beaches at 9:30pm

The Big Four Roadhouse hosts Down with Webster at 9pm, followed by Chromeo at 11pm