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Calgary Stampede: Find Your Local Watering Hole

By Angela Unsworth

It’s an unwritten rule that it is expected of every Calgarian to go to the annual Calgary Stampede. So, when I first moved to Calgary 13 years ago, determined to fit in, I went to the Stampede for my first time. I had always gone to the local fair of the small town I grew up in and totally didn’t expect the sheer enormous size of the Calgary Stampede. There was so much to do and so much to see that I didn’t stop to take a break to drink water or get out of the sun. I ended up suffering from a small dose of dehydration and sun stroke and wasn’t really able to enjoy the rest of the Stampede that year.

I haven’t made that mistake again. Like a true Calgarian, I plan ahead and make sure that I stay hydrated, bring healthy snacks, head indoors occasionally to limit my time spent in the sun and every year I enjoy the Stampede more and more.

The Calgary Stampede runs July 4 – 13, 2014 and it’s one of the best places to work in Calgary for the summer. The energy is really exciting during this too-short week that is full of fun, sun, food (pancake breakfasts!) and opportunities for you to get involved.

Whether you’re working, volunteering or just enjoying some time on the Stampede grounds, you might find yourself outside in the hot sun a lot during the 10-day celebration. It’s important to stay safe by drinking lots of water and limiting your time in the sun. If you are going to be outside, wear a hat and make sure you reapply your sunscreen plenty of times to avoid getting a sunburn that will be painful and annoying for the rest of your Stampedin’!

While you’re there, keep an eye out for our Heads Up posters, outside the restrooms and above the ATMs at the Saddledome!



And just in time for the Wild West celebrations, the Heads Up team has written and produced a safety-themed country music video. Check it out below!





2 Responses to “Calgary Stampede: Find Your Local Watering Hole”

  1. Thanks for the great sun safety reminder message! It’s easy to get caught up in the action and forget to drink enough rehydrating beverages, rest or reapply sunscreen.

    I just wanted to point out that there’s a difference between sunstroke and heat exhaustion (or numerous other heat-related health issues).

    Sunstroke/heatstroke is a medical emergency whereas heat exhaustion is often treatable by moving to shade/indoors, resting and rehydrating. I sincerely hope you didn’t experience heatstroke–that’d be very scary. Of course, we all need to be vigilant and watch eachother at hot, outdoor events like this. If anyone is acting out of character, seems overly confused or is blacking out–they need medical help.

    The My Healthy Alberta website has descriptions about various types of heat-related illnesses:

    Thanks for another great blog post!

  2. […] her last blog, Angela discussed the lessons she learned from her first year at the Calgary Stampede: the […]

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