History: Calgary’s 1950 Stampede Makes History

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canada’s Prime Minister St. Laurent (right) led the parade and officials opened the Show.

Calgary’s 1950 Stampede Makes History
By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta.

‘The story of the 1950 Calgary Stampede is a story of rain, millions of dollars worth of rain, when converted to grass, grain, flour and beef, but it gave Stampede officials, contestants and 373,135 visitors to the big show headaches and heartaches.

Pelting down at the instant Canada’s Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent was giving a brief speech to officially open the 1950 anniversary Stampede, the timing should have been an omen. The deluge wiped out the Monday night grandstand show and more rain made a double program Tuesday evening precarious.’

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