Tis the season to wander the midway, rock the rides, and eat something on a stick. A rite of passage of summer is a trip to the county fair. In Calgary, our fair is one of the best in the world, in fact we call it The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth.
The Calgary Stampede is one of the best rodeos in the world wrapped around a huge street party stuffed with the same sort of carnie attractions you’d find anywhere across North America.
Every year my family goes–for one day. Yes, the Calgary Stampede lasts 10 days, but we do just one on the fairgrounds. Each year we get excited and fill our heads with expectations of a day building fond childhood memories for our kids only to have the first meltdown before we’ve even found a parking spot.
The day is rarely smooth, but we did it again this year, and we will do it again next year. We remember how awesome it is to experience and forget how expensive it is to live through.
As you get ready for the traveling band of merrymakers for your annual carnival this summer, here’s 8 things you forget to remember before you head to the fairgrounds each year.
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