I missed the Stampede in Calgary this year, which isn’t really a big loss. I grew up in Calgary and the Stampede is there every year. I will make it again and the donuts will still be in the same place, for many, many years to come.
Instead I got to go to the Vancouver Island Exhibition or VIEX!
Well, it’s much smaller than the Stampede and is set up in Beban park, comparatively to the Stampede I believe it would fit in the area where people wait to get into the Stampede. There are some rides, in fact The Monster was there. The big old yellow and black ride that spins and goes up and down? I don’t think I’ve seen it at the Stampede for years, I’m not sure I trust a ride that no longer makes the Stampede requirements.
There was also a Wild West show and a haunted house, The Hillbilly’s Revenge:
There were stables with animals, probably my favourite part of the exhibition.
Look it’s Wilbur!
An Alpaca …..
(Don’t let it spit at you, I’ve seen this happen to somebody and believe me if the Alpaca’s ears go back, move away QUICKLY! )
There were also chickens and such but I don’t really find poultry that exciting. Then there is the Home Show, this was sad. I LOVE the home show at the Roundup Centre all the cleaning gadgets, knives that slice through word AND tomatoes, the slicers and dicers, the spices and fudge, all the things you never knew you need but are now being sold as a must have. At the VIEX I believe there were about maybe twenty vendors and not a single knife or tomato in sight.
There was this though:
That’s a cremation booth giving away a bbq. Seriously………