How Calgary saved the Stampede
It took a massive effort, but the 2013 Calgary Stampede went ahead despite the flooding in the area. Here's a behind the scenes look at what went into that cleanup effort
The floods that devastated parts of southern Alberta back in June were no match for the resilience of the hundreds of Albertans that helped to put the pieces back together.
Here is a closer look at some of the people who helped to make sure the Calgary Stampede went ahead as planned:
- Blue Bird Construction replaces the infield track. It took 88 million pounds of dirt to do it.
- Disaster relief workers from the U.S. prepare at dawn
- Workers dispose of a palette of popcorn soaked with water.
- “Every day is the best day ever,” says Deborah Rose. “That way the universe always has to outdo itself.
- Workers wash some 400 hardhats daily
- Rob Connelly, who ran away from home at 14 to work as a carnival roadie, cleans up after washing muddy ticket booths.
- Squeegee time
- Workers take a rare opportunity to rest after being told to leave the basement of ‘Building Four’ because of concerns about its air quality.
- Rod Castro, in Canada from Chile on a work visa, rubs his eyes after a long shift
- Workers leave the Peoples’ Centre as crowds arrive
- Early ‘sneak peek’ visitors still have to dodge puddles
- Grandstand show producer Bill Avery watches the first dress rehearsal of Century 2. Avery has produced the show for the past 13 years but this one, nearly stopped by flooding, is his last.
- A cowboy and bull in the ring, one day before the Stampede officially opens on July 5
- Choreographer Brian Foley (left) and stage show manager Brian Conrad watch grandstand rehearsals for the show, Century 2, which required a few changes because equipment had been submerged in water