Calgary Stampede Builds Excitement

Thank you to Guy Weadick and A.E. Cross, Patrick Burns, George Lane, and Archibald K. McLean (also known as the “Big Four”) for starting the Calgary Stampede and bringing the entire Calgary family together every year for the past 100 years.

My husband’s family have been Stampede enthusiasts since coming to Calgary from England (Elizabeth) and Germany (John), getting married and raising four wonderful children, twin girls (Hilary and Heather) and two boys (Phil and Ian - who is my husband).

The entire family would dress up for the event, attend the parade, pancake breakfasts and the Calgary Stampede Grounds where all the exciting sights and sounds would entertain for hours.

The highlight for the kids was of course getting to go on the rides and indulging in all the tasty treats. 

In 1963 my husband, then only three years old, was with his family attending the Calgary Stampede Parade and they were thrilled to see Larry, Curly and Moe of the Three Stooges along with everyone else at the parade that day.
I have put together a few photos which show some of the sights and family experiences of the Calgary Stampede spirit.

Three Stooges, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede parade, Calgary, Alberta. July 8, 1963 Photo taken by John Foltinek – (Father of Ian Foltinek)

This year’s theme was Salute to Transportation. Bob Hope, Jay Silverheels (Tonto) and Wilf Carter were guests of the Stampede. The Three Stooges were the main entertainers.

Family Friend and John Foltinek (right) Husband, Father, business man and avid photographer
From left to right: Elizabeth Benson (nee Foltinek), Phil, Ian, Hilary Burak (nee Foltinek) and Heather Franklin (nee Foltinek)
Phil Foltinek (left image) Hilary and Heather (right image)
Ian Foltinek: good cowboy, bad cowboy
Heather, Hilary and Ian.
Always a family favorite the next photos were taken at the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede.
Prince William and his wife Catherine attend the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alberta Friday July 8, 2011 (Photo by Lyndell Foltinek)

Fast forward to 2011 and the excitement and pride that we were all part of this big family called “Calgary.” The entire city came together to celebrate the Calgary Stampede and the visit from their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Calgary. On Friday, July 8, 2011, Their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and his wife Catherine travel the route of the Calgary Stampede Parade just prior to the start of the parade.

Prince William and his wife Catherine (Photo from Calgary Herald)
"Man in Motion" Rick Hansen (Parade Marshal, Calgary Stampede Parade, 2011)

Catherine (or Kate as everyone was calling her) created quite an interest in the fascinator. These small cowboy hat fascinators were made by a lady in Calgary and we wore them with pride that day!

Buckshot – We all seemed to grow up watching him
Left to right: Heather Franklin (nee) Foltinek, Lyndell Foltinek (Nee Larson), Hilary Burak (nee Foltinek)

So this is just a small sample of one families experience with the Calgary Stampede.
Congratulations on reaching the milestone of 100 years. Here’s to the next 100 to come.

Yee Haa!!!

Lyndell Foltinek