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Calgary Stampede Prep 101

Prep 101

Stampede is officially two weeks away and it is time to start preparing for the 10 days of madness and country hoopla that are about to ensue! Here are a few ways to get yourself into the right headspace for the craziness to come:

Detox before you re-tox

Let’s be honest – you’re not going to be consuming a whole lot of healthy food during Stampede. To get your body ready for the bombardment of beer and deep fried doughy goodness, try a three-day juice cleanse to give yourself a proper detox. Check out Cru Juice, Well Juicery, Juice Because or Wild and Raw Juice Bar, and give your arteries a head start.

Put that six pack on the outside of your stomach

Beer bellies are out! Six packs are in! Have few good sweat sessions to get your body into peak condition so you don’t feel as guilty indulging in some of the delicious, yet dangerous food the Stampede is known for – if you can even really call it food. Gym not for you? Check out these fun workout alternatives: Barre Body Studio, YYC Cycle, Equinox, Spoke’N Spin or try Studio Revolution’s Fitness Rodeo!

Fake it till you make it

We’d all like to think we’re the real cowboy/cowgirl deal during Stampede, but let’s be real, most of us do not live on farms, rope cattle or ride bulls (except for the one at Ranchman’s). Be sure to beef up your wardrobe with the latest stampede trends – or save money and check out Value Village for some cost-effective plaid, fringe, rhinestones and a good ol’ pair of cowboy boots. At least you’ll look the part!

Break ‘em in!

Wear them around your house, wear them to work or even sleep with them on – whatever works for you. Just make sure your country boots are broken in before you hit the pavement of the midway! Because getting blisters on day one is definitely going to put a damper on your Stampede festivities.

Save your pennies – literally!

A single beer is pricy – enough said!

Brush up on your dance moves

Don’t let the dance floor frighten you, it’s where the country magic they sing about in all those songs happens. First, get your line dances straight by refreshing yourself on “Cadillac Ranch” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”. Then, dust off those rusty two-stepping moves with a pre-stampede night at Ranchman’s, or maybe even a dance class or two, so you can look like a pro when it’s time to show off your moves. Just remember, confidence is key!

Download Flap-Jack Finder

Get the app and be sure to not miss out on the best Stampede pancake breakfasts in the city!

Drink drank drunk

If you aren’t a seasoned vet and don’t know how to shot gun a beer or hold your stomach down while Shooting the Boot, then it’s about time you learned. Milking a warm beer just doesn’t cut it this time of year!

Invest in condoms

This should not require an explanation, just do it!

Hangover remedies

Stock up on Advil and any substance that includes electrolytes, and make sure there is a glass of water on your nightstand at all times – take it from a pro, you’ll need it! Check out A Recipe for Recovery for more tips and tricks on how to nip that horrid Stampede hangover in the bud.

Lastly! Do your research and make a list of what you want to accomplish this Stampede, then divide and conquer. Pre-purchase your tickets for the rodeo, grandstand, chucks and concerts. Standing in line at the Cowboys tent to see your favorite act is a huge buzz kill – if you can get in at all. Follow Stmpdr (@Stmpdr on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Snapchat!) a for the latest in show updates, ticket sales and the inside scoop on everything you need to know in preparation for Stampede 2015. Let’s make the 103rd year of the Greatest Show on Earth a memorable one!

Kristy Archibald
Kristy Archibald
A creative Communications and PR strategist, coffee enthusiast and wine coinsurer, who has a strong passion for art, style and fashion. I was born country in a pair of cowboy boots and my first love was the Man in Black. Fringe, bolo ties and the Canadian tuxedo are making a comeback and my 90’s self could not be more excited!