Calgary Stampede to move forward without Rangeland Derby in 2021; Chuckwagon Racing to Return in 2022

May 27, 2021 – photo by Covy Moore.

CALGARY, Alberta – The safety of our community is first and foremost as we continue to plan for the 2021 Calgary Stampede. Specific experiences, activities and operations will continue to flex and adapt based on the evolving situation and the guidance provided directly by Alberta Health. Planning remains underway for Stampede experiences including the Stampede Rodeo, Midway, Elbow River Camp, live music at Nashville North and The Big Four Roadhouse, BMO Market, Western Showcase, Agriculture showcases and competitions, and much more.

Given the contexts of the past year and safety precautions leading up to the planning efforts for Stampede 2021, our annual celebration will be a bit different this year. As a result of pandemic-related impacts on the 2020 and 2021 chuckwagon racing season across western Canada, the Stampede will not be able to present the Rangeland Derby as part of the 2021 Evening Show. We look forward to the thunder and thrill of the Chuckwagon Races returning in 2022. Similarly, the Grandstand Show was to feature Paul Brandt, but his performance will not be able to take place as planned. As a result of these changes, the Stampede will be presenting a reimagined Evening Show this year. 

For 2021 only, we are planning a brand-new Evening Show experience that will include high energy western events, competitive rodeo, live music, The Young Canadians, emotion-filled celebration and one of the largest fireworks displays in Canada. We look forward to welcoming the community to ride into the night with us in this newly imagined Evening Show experience. We plan to make new Stampede memories with the community each night, and each afternoon with the continued tradition of the Stampede Rodeo, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo!

Thousands of local job seekers along with hundreds of local vendors, performers and artists are looking forward to Stampede 2021. Together, with our community, let’s make it The Greatest and Safest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Tickets for the 2021 Stampede Rodeo and Evening Show are on sale at

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

Courtesy of the Calgary Stampede written by Danielle Savoni    



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