My home town – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – hosts an annual 10-day cowpoke fest called the Calgary Stampede, aka, “The Greatest Show on Earth”. I’m not a cowboy, but I’ve been lucky enough to help friends with spring branding and fall herding. In the past, I was bewildered to see people with clean boots and pressed shirts swinging their lariats in town, but I’ve come to see it as a compliment to western and cowboy culture rather than some sort of awkward cultural appropriation.
So, I am among the fans of the Stampede. Each year, a million or more folks wander around the exhibition grounds in early July to see things like blacksmith finals competitions and girls on ponies racing around barrels. This year there was a new and extremely popular display: The Calgary and District Beekeepers Association set up a big exhibit highlighting Alberta’s honey industry.
My friend Liz Goldie was one of the many beekeeper-volunteers on site and she gave me the pictures that follow, taken at the 2016 Calgary Stampede.
The place was sooo crowded most of the time. Liz took the following picture early in the day, before the bee exhibit was overwhelmed…
Again, I’d like to thank Liz Goldie for these pictures. By the way, Liz was one of the three finalists in the Calgary Stampede Honey Show. Her honey is on the top shelf, below!