At the Calgary Stampede, honky-tonkin' good times
At the Calgary Stampede, honky-tonkin' good times

The Calgary Stampede is, as you might guess, a world-class rodeo and a showcase for western Canada's rustic way of life. What you might not guess is what a brash bash the annual July event is, 10 days of honky-tonkin' good times. Yuuuuup, the world's most-famous rodeo is far more than just a rodeo. The midway, with games and rides at the center of the festival site, is a blurry neon spectacle, the whole thing scented by smoky thunderheads produced by all the grilled meats (note the crocodile sliders and the pridefully Canadian maple doughnut burger). The Calgary Stampede, dating to 1912, features bull riding, sheep shearing, big-name concerts and some of the sudsiest dance halls north of...