The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge helped usher in festivities at the 2011 Calgary Stampede. [Chris Jackson/Betty Images]
In 1912, a traveling vaudevillian launched the event, aiming to preserve old western values and heritage. That means this year marks the rodeo's centennial. In other words, pardner, the Calgary Stampede (July 6-15) just got even greater.
More than 700,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's festivities at Stampede Park, which hosts premier rodeo events at the Stampede Grandstand like the GMC Rangeland Derby, as well as hundreds of general admission exhibits, concerts and activities.
For tickets and packages, cs.calgarystampede.com