It’s nice to be on vacation, we slept in and had a late breakfast.
At noon we went out for lunch and then I dropped Karen off at the C-Train station so that she could go to the Stampede grounds on her own. She wanted to do some shopping and to go into the barns to see the animals. I am not much of a shopper and my allergies keep me out of the animal barns. I headed back to the hotel to relax and work on the blogs and photos.
Here are some of the photos that Karen took while she was at the Stampede.
This is the Coca-Cola stage where there are daily and nightly performances put on by different groups.
The next stop was the RCMP Musical Ride Stables.
Then on to the Draft Horse Town.
In the Agricultural Building there were many different displays and animals.
In the Victoria Building there were many displays, including this one of Guy Weadick’s 1927 Chevrolet Capital AA - 1 Ton truck. Guy Weadick is the founder and creator of the very first Calgary Stampede 100 years ago.
In the BMO Centre there is the Grain Academy Museum with many displays about harvesting and processing the grains that grow in Alberta.
There were model train displays and a cut away grain elevator display.
Karen enjoyed her first visit to the Indian Village several days ago so went back for a second visit to see things that she missed on her first visit.
Karen got back to the hotel around 5pm, just in time for us to have a quick bite for dinner and then turn around and go right back to the Stampede Grounds. We are going to see the Johnny Reid concert at 7:30 pm.
We found our seats and got settled in.
Johnny Reid is a country music artist. He was born in Scotland and came to Canada in 1988 when he was 13 years old. He lives in Brampton Ontario. His most recent song is Fire it Up and this is the Fire it Up Tour. This is the last performance night of the tour.
Opening for Johnny was a group called the Stella’s, we had never heard of them before and they sang maybe 6 songs.
Johnny’s first song was Lets Have a Party and he came out on stage, not wearing your typical country and western wear, but instead he had on red pants and a white sports coat.
I took many photos and videos, but because of copyright restrictions, I can’t publish the videos I took on the blog, so here is a link to Lets Have a Party, in case you are not familiar with the song.
He wandered through the crowd as he sang his next song Dancin’ Shoes and engaged the audience, stopping to talk to families with kids and inviting people to dance with him.
Throughout the evening he invited kids on stage to sing and dance along.
Of course his signature song and the reason he has been out touring is to promote the album Fire It Up.