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The 2010 Calgary Stampede runs from July 9 to 18, and ticket packages are for sale online now

Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races, 2009.  They call it the Half a Mile of Hell.
Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races, 2009. They call it the Half a Mile of Hell.
Jill Browne

The Calgary Stampede is a 10-day all-out Western party with a famous historic rodeo and agricultural show at its heart.

Over a million people visit the Stampede grounds each year, enjoying the amazing Super Dogs, riding the midway, cheering at the chuckwagon races, visiting the animals in the barns, and more.

If you're planning a visit to the Stampede this year, it's not too early to think about ordering tickets if you want to take in some of the stadium events. There are some good-looking Stampede ticket packages.

With the Parade Day Getaway package, you get a reserved seat for the parade, admission to the grounds, and a rodeo ticket too. And, it includes transportation from the grounds to the parade and back, a parking pass for the family, and a souvenir rodeo program. This would pack a lot into one day, but the Parade is a must-see, so combining it with an afternoon at the rodeo makes good sense. You can still be home for supper if you want, although you won't run out of things to do if you stay at the Stampede grounds into the evening.

The Parade Day Getaway package costs $89 for each adult (minimum of one adult per group), and $49 for children from 2 to 17. These are Canadian dollars. The taxes and fees are extra, so all in, it's $99.45 for adults and $57.45 for kids. If you will use and appreciate every piece of this package, it could save you some money, and certainly it sounds convenient. But, if you don't need a seat at the Parade, or parking at the grounds, you're better to buy your own rodeo ticket and take the C-Train or walk from the Parade to the grounds.

Parade Day is Friday, July 9. The rodeo starts at 1:30 p.m. That gives you lots of time to get there after the Parade.


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