Chances are that, if you’ve been to the Calgary Stampede, you’ve also seen the grandstand show or the chuckwagons at least once. From horses to athleticism, fireworks, and performances, these two events have become staples of the 10-day spectacular, but this year will be different.

In a press release sent out this morning, the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth announced that in lieu of COVID, organizers have chosen to cancel the chuckwagon races and present a reimagined evening show in place of the Grandstand (tickets available here).

“The safety of our community is first and foremost as we continue to plan for the 2021 Calgary Stampede,” they wrote, adding that although these events were not to go ahead, others like the Stampede Rodeo, Midway, and live music at Nashville North as well as the Big Four will still be on the itinerary.

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“We look forward to the thunder and thrill of the Chuckwagon Races returning in 2022. Similarly, the Grandstand Show was to feature Paul Brandt, but his performance will not be able to take place as planned.”

Instead of the Alberta-born country star headlining, the Grandstand will feature high-energy western events, competitive competitions, live music, The Young Canadians, an emotion-filled celebration, and one of ‘the largest fireworks displays in Canada.’

“We look forward to welcoming the community to ride into the night with us in this newly imagined Evening Show experience,” they continued.  “We plan to make new Stampede memories with the community each night, and each afternoon with the continued tradition of the Stampede Rodeo, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo!”

So there you have it, friends. Of course, we can only imagine that most will not be overly surprised considering everything going on, but we still want to hear from you! What do you think about the Calgary Stampede cancelling/reimagining these events? Will you attend their new evening show? Let us know in the comments!


When: Friday, July 9th – 18th
Where: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary