Ask almost any Albertan and they’ll tell you that the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth is deserving of its nickname – but it’s nice to get recognition beyond our own. In a new ranking by Carnival Warehouse, the Calgary Stampede was listed as one of the top fairs in North America for 2022, but where did we place and why?

According to the publication, each fair is “assessed based on attendance and calculated with a special patented formula to determine their official ranking,” and overall 2022 was pretty impressive across the board.

“If 2021 was a recovery year, 2022 was a restoration,” they wrote.

“Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, more people attended the largest fairs in North America in 2022 than they did in 2021.”

Recent Posts:
Bret “Hitman” Hart is opening a brand new restaurant & bar in this popular Calgary Casino
10 of the best things to do in Calgary this weekend (January 20-22)


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Calgary Stampede (@calgarystampede)

Now, while Calgary was among those who had an amazing summer, we didn’t see ourselves in first place – rather, the number one stop went to the State Fair of Texas, which saw 2,547,289 people over its 23 days.

In second, we saw the Houston Livestock Show and Exhibition, followed by the Minnesota State Fair, the Eastern States Exhibition in Springfield, Massachusetts and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, Ontario, which rounded out the top 5.

The Stampede, however, did manage to crack the top 10!

With a crowd of 1,216,859, cowtown’s big summer party placed 8th overall – which is a feat we’re actually pretty proud of.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Calgary Stampede (@calgarystampede)

The rest of the top 10 were as follows:

1 . State Fair of Texas – Dallas TX – 2,547,289
2. Houston Livestock Show and Exhibition – Houston, TX – 2,417,248
3.  Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN – 1,842,222
4. Eastern States Exhibition – W. Springfield, MA – 1,603,354
5. Canadian National Exhibition – Toronto, ON – 1,566,268
6. Arizona State Fair – Phoenix, AZ –  1,384,269
7. San Antonio Livestock Show and Exhibition – San Antonio, TX –  1,300,000
8. Calgary Stampede – Calgary, ALB – 1,216,859
9. Fort Worth Stock Show – Fort Worth, TX –  1,202,200
10. Tulsa State Fair – Tulsa, OK –  1,200,000

Surprised? Let us know what you think on our socials. Did you expect to see Calgary higher on the list? Why or why not?

Here’s to hoping we climb the ranks next year! Until then – dust off your boots, it won’t be long until July comes back around.