Apparently July 5th is the day for stampede breakfasts! I was able to attend three different ones, and I had a great time at all of them!
Stampede began yesterday, July 4th, and as is tradition, there are hundreds of breakfasts happening this week all around Calgary. While the festivities vary from breakfast to breakfast, they all share one thing in common – free pancakes! And what better reason to come together as a community than that?
The first breakfast I was at today is one of the biggest in the city, at Chinook Centre. Even Nenshi, the mayor, was there flipping pancakes! (but I didn’t see him, unfortunately.) There were numerous bouncy castles, stands for various businesses, and a huge stage for live music! It took up a huge amount of the parking lot and it was so cool to see so many people there.
The second was a much smaller breakfast being held at Ten Thousand Villages, which is a really cool store that sells products made fair-trade in other countries. Though the breakfast was smaller, it was great for promoting business to the store, and they had a couple of djembe drums being played, which was really cool!
The last breakfast might have been my favorite. This was set up in West Market Square, which is actually right near where I work! This breakfast was being held by the Stampede Caravan committee, so there were a lot of official stampede people there. Butterfield Acres had set up a petting zoo, there were pony rides going on, the fire department had parked a truck there, and there was also a stage for live music! My favorite part, however, was seeing the 2014 Stampede Indian Princess and getting to take a picture with her! She’s absolutely stunning and it was so cool to see that she was doing the exact same thing I was today (visiting breakfasts across the city!). Apparently she was on her fifth breakfast of the day though – I can’t even imagine how busy all of the Stampede Princesses must be this week!
I had so much fun today and I can’t wait for the rest of the week! It’s gonna be pretty busy but a lot of fun. I’m also handing out medals tomorrow at the Stampede Road Race, and I can’t wait!
One last thing – I wanted to make a brief announcement about a fundraiser that I am doing for Free the Children! On July 15th I will be having a “ladies night” of sorts – it will be held at 7pm in the Strathcona Community Centre Founder’s Room, and there will be tea, coffee, desserts, and a variety of vendors to browse through! Stop by and check out Park Lane Jewellery, Jamberry Nails, Arbonne Cosmetics, Epicure Spices, Scentsy, and Jockey Clothing! There will also be raffle and silent auction prizes, as well as a door prize available to the first twenty people that come! I’d love to see as many people there as possible! Click here to go to the event page on Facebook for this fundraiser.