A guide to the "chucks" at the Calgary Stampede

Author: Jennifer Allford

When Jennifer was a kid in Edmonton, her mom used to get her out of bed to go outside and watch the Northern Lights. She’s been waking up to the wonders of Alberta ever since, sometimes still in her PJs.


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Calgary Stampede / Tye Carson

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As the chuckwagons come hurtling around the track — thoroughbred’s hooves thundering and drivers’ faces grimacing — the announcer’s commentary picks up speed, too.

When the winning team crosses the finish line, 25,000 people cheer. It’s a diverse crowd: Downtown project managers in shiny cowboy boots, ranch hands in muddy ones, tourists wearing brand new gingham and rodeo stars sporting champion belt buckles.

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