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Calgary Stampede attendance up for 2018

Global News Morning Calgary's Tony Tighe talks about this year's attendance numbers.

The Calgary Stampede reported higher attendance numbers over last year, with 1,271,241 people taking in the sights and sounds of the midway, rodeo and agriculture events.

That’s an increase of 56,269 people over last year when 1,214,972 came through the gates.

“We’re really excited by the attendance number,” said Dave Sibbald, Calgary Stampede president and chairman of the board. “But (what) we’re most fortunate (about) is the community engagement spirit that we felt in the city, not only in our park but throughout the city.”

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The Stampede is a non-profit organization which puts on events all year. Profits from the Stampede go directly into those programs Sibbald said.

“We make some money, but that money goes to youth programs, education programs, goes back to infrastructure, because the rest of the year we have 1,800 events, so we’re open all year-round.”

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley flips pancakes as she attends her annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary on Monday, July 9, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley flips pancakes as she attends her annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary on Monday, July 9, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Sibbald added they strive to add new events and experiences every year to keep the public coming.

“[We] truly try to provide unique opportunities. That guest experience is what really drives us.”

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The Indian Village at Calgary Stampede has been renamed Elbow River Camp. Credit: Calgary Stampede

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The Stampede attendance record was broken in 2012, with 1,409,371 people taking in the festivities, Jennifer Booth from the Calgary Stampede said.

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