Calgary Stampede – Part 7

Closing program for the day – the Grandstand Show

2 (1)The evening program was not all according to my taste or likes, but it was certainly an elaborate celebration.

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2 (3)These guys sang acapella bebop.

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2 (5)There were lots of fireworks – and because we were in the upper level, the fireworks were straight across from us at times. We didn’t even have to look up.

2 (6)Some performances were done in the air – dangling from wires and cords.

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2 (8)These twin artists were amazing.

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2 (13)These artists were from Beijing.

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2 (18)Even the pianist was supported by cables and wires.

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2 (20)  A violinist.

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2 (22)It appears that there are people inside – operating these horses.

2 (23)An opera singer

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2 (28)The closing fireworks were the best we have ever seen.

What an interesting day. Now we can say that we have experienced the Calgary Stampede!

Calgary Stampede – Part 6

Afternoon Break & Chuckwagon Races1 (1)After the rodeo we walked around the grounds and enjoyed some of the sights and sounds.

1 (2)Dennis asked me to take this picture to prove to some one that he was a cowboy – I think TFC President, Scott Weidner. 🙂

1 (3)A pretty wagon

1 (4)This looks like an old chuckwagon.

1 (7)We enjoyed another working horse demonstration.

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1 (8)They are certainly beautiful creatures.

1 (6)That takes a large horse shoe.

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1 (12)Helen, Dan, Dennis, and Cerwin (Jeff and Kellie Batzer came later)

After supper, we went back to our seats for the evening performance – Chuck Wagon Races and Grandstand Show.

We were early, so while the other four settled into their designated seats, I walked around to see what I could see from the mostly empty seating area.

1 (10)Looking down on the indian village.

1 (11)From what I can tell online, this seems to be a high-end way of eating and seeing the shows. You need special tickets to eat here and get good seats.

1 (13)On the other end of the stadium I looked down on this building.

1 (14)These ladies and their horses did a performance to music before the evening chuckwagon races.

1 (15)A drive-by chuckwagon, announced the beginning of the races.

1 (16)Canada’s national anthem sung superbly by this young girl…

1 (17)…as a helicopter carrying the flag flew overhead.

1 (18)And it was time for the races.

If I remember correctly, there were nine sets of four.

1 (19)I understand that the outriders are also important to the score of each rig.

1 (20)Going around the back field.

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1 (23)It was the first time that Cerwin and I saw chuckwagon races. It didn’t take us long to get caught up in the excitement.

1 (27)Tractors leveled the field after two races.

1 (24)During that time there was usually some kind of entertainment. This was a cute race for young children.

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1 (26)When the outrider didn’t get on this horse correctly and fell off – the horse ran the entire track without him. Some other outriders had to stop him.

1 (28)The last race of the evening.

My last post from the Stampede will be of the Grandstand Show.

Calgary Stampede – Part 5

Bull Riding and Wild Pony Rides

1 (1)  A clown preparing for the bull riding competition.

1 (2)Out of the gate!

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1 (6)This is a good visual of how valuable the clowns are to the bull riders.

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2Wild pony racing is a youth competition.


DSC_2997There are teams of three, and it appears that they all try to help a designated rider mount the pony.

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DSC_3040Then it was time to herd the ponies into the stable.

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DSC_3043Announcing the winners.

DSC_3046The grand champion winners.

That was surely a fun way to spend a vacation afternoon in Calgary.

We remember attending a rodeo in Flagstaff, Arizona, in the mid ’80s, and think this was only the second time we attended one in person.

Calgary Stampede – Part 1

It was a drizzly, rainy morning when we arrived at the Stampede on Monday.

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1 (2)Pretty flowers at the entrance.

1 (4)The carnival area takes up most of the outside space.

1 (3)We decided this one – that flipped back and forth from bottom to top – was not for us.

1 (5)Nor was this one for us. It worked like a bungee drop.

1 (6)A Stampede car that was being given away by lottery.

1 (7)Two of Canada’s finest.

1 (8)After I took their picture, they invited me to pose with them.

It’s time to leave Calgary, so I will be back with more pictures when I have time and internet.


Calgary Chapel Dedication

Sunday, July 7, 3:00 p.m.

1 (1)Murray Kuehl, this is the best I can do for a straight-on shot of the chapel in place because the pole is in the way. I hope you noticed that I took one a few days ago – when we were traveling through Montana.

1 (2)The entrance steps are especially strong and sturdy this time because of a “mistake” where they were made. 🙂 (We like those kinds of mistakes.)

1 (3)A few general pictures of the chapel before the dedication service.

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1 (5)The weather was perfect for an outside dedication service.

1aThe chaplains’ living quarters is beautiful and comfortable.

1b (1)Setting up tables outside Dan and Helen’s camper. They brought the camper so there would be a place to make coffee and store the supplies.

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1b (3)Jeff and Kellie Batzer (left) arrived here from Pennsylvania yesterday afternoon. Jeff is TFC’s Executive Vice President of Ministry Programs. They are talking to Chaplain Sam and Janet from Sherwood Park.

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1b (6)Cerwin visiting with Chaplain Dan’s brother Wayne and his wife, Helen, from Chilliwack, BC.

1c (1)Dennis Finnamore, Director of Canadian Ministries, gave the opening remarks and the history of ministry in this truck stop.

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1c (3)Dan and Helen were pleased to have thirty-five people in attendance.

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1c (6)Chaplain Dan Harms, Lead Chaplain of Calgary Chapel, had the opening prayer.

1da  A praise and worship team from Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel led us in a few familiar songs.

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2 (4)Jeff Batzer led the devotional and dedication of the chapel – using the dedication of the tabernacle in the Old Testament as a background for his thoughts – saying that was the first mobile chapel. 🙂

2 (5)Anointing the doorway.

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2 (7)Jeff asked the TFC staff and volunteers to lay hands on the chapel during the prayer of dedication.

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2 (13)Jeff invited everyone to come forward to pray for Chaplain Dan and Helen, Chaplain Sam and Janet, and Volunteer Chaplain Darryl.

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2 (18)Lead Chaplain Dan and Volunteer Chaplain Darryl – the current staff at Calgary.

Pray with them for more volunteer chaplains.

2 (19)There was a delicious snack following the service.

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2 (24)Fellowship after the dedication.

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4Kellie and Jeff talking to driver Stan who came to the dedication.

Thank you, God, for a wonderful day.