VIDEO: [Silent Film Archives] Calf-roping, Brahma bull-riding, bronco-busting and the chuckwagon race at The Calgary Stampede, in 1923. [Apr. 17, 2015]
But a first trip to the Calgary Stampede is a fearful thing for a guy from the East. Everything from getting measured for a cowboy hat to buying a first pair of roper boots seems like another mountain to climb.
Walking onto the grounds for the first time in Wranglers and a starched, western-style shirt is akin to crossing the border to another land. The dress code requirements in this country are: Cowboy hats, clean jeans, and long-sleeved shirts which are pressed to perfection. People take off their hats when they shake your hand, look you in the eye and welcome you.
As opposed to the old phrase which many of us have come to repeat, I haven’t quite got this yet. It is far from my comfort zone.
This is, indeed, my first rodeo.
This article continues at [CBC] You know that expression? This is my first rodeo