Calgary Stampede. I was down at Stampede Park last week, helping with set-up but I haven't been back since the "Big Show" started.
My Stampede committee puts on Aggie Days each spring but many committee members help out with Agrium Ag-tivity in the City at the Stampede. I will likely be down there during this week to help out.
This year, the Agriculture display area includes the new Agrium Western Events Centre! The building officially opened about a month ago. The agricultural displays are spread out this year between this new building and the old original barn. Everything is there to see! All the producer groups have displays set up there to show Stampede visitors just exactly where their food comes from, and the care and attention producers take to make sure our food is as safe and nutritious as it can be.
Let's hope for continued good weather, not too hot. Check out the Ag Displays in their new digs when you visit the Stampede this year. I might see you there!
And -- any respect I had for animal rights groups was lost when I read of an incident the other evening when two members of an out-of-province animal rights group chained themselves to the race track rail fence at Stampede Park. This prevented the start of the chuckwagon races for 30 minutes, while officials sawed off the protesters' restraints and bundled them off to the slammer.
I understand that they have the right to protest, but delaying the evening event was, in my opinion, very silly.
Before they protest, I wish groups like this would do their research properly. They might find out what measures have been taken in recent years to make the wagon races safer for horses. They could talk to the veterinarians in charge of animal health and safety. They should talk to the chuckwagon owners and drivers to see how their animals are treated off the track. They might talk to the folks at Spruce Meadows or Cavalia to see how their horses are treated. They need to get their facts straight.
We need folks out there to remind us to humanely look after all the critters in our charge. But in my opinion, this action the other evening accomplished nothing but disdain for those groups.