|RCMP Musical Ride|
The rodeo was really fun and as usual very entertaining. BB Girl was enjoying the show but then the weather turned on us. It started raining really hard and we had the cheap seats that aren't covered so we decided to head back to the campsite so that BB Girl could have a rest and be good for matante tonight.
Here is a cute video of BB Girl and Bones
We came back to Stampede park just on time for the chuckwagon races. The races were cool and interesting. I didn't really understand how the race worked so we looked it up and this is how it is described;
Chuckwagon racing is a team event, led by a driver who commands a team of horses pulling the chuckwagon, and is supported by two or four outriders, each racing individual thoroughbred horses that follow the chuckwagon. Each race typically involves three or four teams, and begins with the outriders "breaking camp", by tossing two tent poles (with four outriders only) and a barrel representing a camp stove into the back of their wagon before mounting their horses and following the wagons as they complete a figure eight around two barrels before circling a race track. The first wagon to cross the finish line typically wins, although various time penalties are handed out for infractions such as a barrel being knocked over, a tent pole or stove not loaded, wagon interference or an outrider crossing the finish line too far behind his wagon driver.
I have to say that I preferred the rodeo over the chuckwagon because there is a long lull between each chugwagon race but we were really happy to have attended both events.
The biggest surprise of the day was still to come. When the races were over, they announced that the show would be beginning in a few minutes. We had no idea that there was a show after the races but they took out their big tractors and pulled out a huge stage from the side of the track. Well, it had to be one of the nicest biggest coolest shows we have ever seen. They had acrobats from cirque du soleil, stunt bikes, performers doing aerial tricks on bicycles, singers and the icing on the cake was Paul Brandt. He performed at least 5 songs including one of our favourites 'Convoy'. The show was just amazing. It was capped off by Paul Brandt signing Happy Birthday with a 12 meter high birthday cake on stage and a crazy fabulous fireworks display. It was an amazing night! The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!