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Nine things we learnt from our first ever Calgary Stampede

Last week, the AU headed to Calgary in Alberta, Canada for the Calgary Stampede. Now in its 103rd year - though with origins dating back to the 1800s - the event is steeped in tradition and an icon of the Canadian Summer. It's the sort of festival you have to attend to fully comprehend, and, naturally, we learnt a lot about the event by doing just that. So here now are the nine things we learnt from our first Stampede experience...

the AU interview at The Calgary Stampede: Cowboy Wesley Silcox on rodeo shows, bull riding experience and more!

Photo taken by Larry Heath

Considering how dangerous bull riding can be, you've got to be pretty much made of steel to survive this as a job. the AU review's Larry Heath had the opportunity to talk with cowboy Wesley Silcox at this year's Calgary Stampede. He's one of the most successful bull riders in the world, and here he shares details on his bull riding experience and how it became a career for him, despite how risky the sport is. Nonetheless, it's clear that Silcox is fulfilling his dream as a rodeo superstar.

Winners are crowned as Stevie Wonder helps bring the 103rd annual Calgary Stampede to a close

Following 10 days of carnival fun, rodeo action, live music, agriculture and a tonne of entertainment, the 103rd annual Calgary Stampede came to an end today in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, crowning their winning riders with huge pay checks and seeing legendary artist Stevie Wonder close out the event with a special performance in the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Seven reasons why we can't wait for the Calgary Stampede

With history and tradition that stems back to the late 1800s, the Calgary Stampede is one of the world's longest running events. Part rodeo, part exhibition, part Easter Show-esque carnival, part music festival, the Stampede kicked off in Calgary, Alberta, Canada today, starting an impressive ten day event that will bring in over a million attendees from Canada and around the world. We're excited that we'll be part of the latter category next week, bringing you exclusive coverage of the event for the first time. And, as we work to get excited about it all (believe me, it's not hard), we're letting you in on the seven reasons we can't wait for the festival.