One of the longest-running annual events in the world will still go on as scheduled despite massive flooding.
The 101st Calgary Stampede is still planned to begin on July 5th after the Canadian city has suffered some disastrous flooding that’s taken out power and turned fresh water into a limited resource.
President Bob Thompson announced Monday the Stampede will run as scheduled from July 5-14.
“We have pumped millions of gallons of water from our facilities, scraped the mud from our tarmac, commenced the clean-up of our park, all to welcome guests from around the world,” he said.
One of the most impressive notes is the event has always gone on every single year after its inception.
“Throughout our entire history we have never cancelled a show, despite two wars and a Great Depression – 2013 will be no exception,” said Thompson.
The Calgary Stampede is one of the world’s largest rodeo shows that houses well over one million fans every July, taking place for 10 days.
It’s the province’s biggest tradition, which can certainly be seen by its Canadian Football League team being called the “Stampeders.” Their home, McMahon Stadium, was not threatened by the floods.
According to the article, the event brings in over $300 million.
The Calgary floods have been going on all weekend killing three people and forcing at least 75,000 people from their homes. Many places in Calgary are entering the recovery period, but it’s expected to take years to rebuild.