February 28th, 2024

Everything you need to know for MH Stampede

By Samantha Johnson & Kendall King on July 16, 2022.

Medicine Hat is coming alive for the first full, open Stampede since the beginning of the pandemic. To help you navigate the many activities and events being held at the Stampede and around the city, the News has compiled a list of what’s being offered.

Pancake Breakfasts

• July 21 from 7-10 a.m. at Kal Tire on Boxsprings;

• July 22 from 7-10 a.m. at the Homestead Market;

• July 23 from 7-10 a.m. at Davis GMC Buick, in partnership with Iron Horse;

• July 25 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Medicine Hat College’s main entrance. Free parking for the duration of the event. As well as entertainment, prizes and games;

• July 25 from 7-10 a.m. for the first 500 people at Be Gluten Free;

• July 26 from 7-10 a.m. at Hillcrest Church;

• July 27 from 7-10 a.m. at Medicine Hat Lodge;

• July 28 from 7-9 a.m. at The Mezz Bar & Eatery;

• July 28 from 7-10 a.m. at Earl’s Kitchen and Bar;

• July 29 from 7-10 a.m. at South Country Co-op on 13th Avenue.

Grandstand

Night Shows

• July 27 at 8:30 p.m. Trace Adkins and opening act Nate Haller;

• July 28 at 9 p.m. MacKenzie Porter;

• July 30 at 9 p.m. The Beach Boys.

Entertainment

• July 25 Stampede Summer Jam returns to the Grandstand stage. Doors open at 6 p.m, preshow with Derrick at 6:30 and showtime at 7. Broad Band is headlining the show, which also features, Mahoney & Friends, Willow Creek, Brodie, Audrey 3, Three Hole Punch and Reese Klaiber. $10 admission with Hungry Horseman concession open and a 50/50 draw.

• From July 27-30 various entertainment acts are performing throughout the Stampede, including celebrity hypnotist Terrance B , March Hare Band, What Goes Up Juggling Productions, children’s musical group Two of a Kind, Spruce Meadows Prairie Dogs, West Coast Lumberjacks and Penelope the Clown.

Events, exhibits, activities

• From July 21-24 the All Breed Horse Show is taking place in the Grandstand Arena. Over the four days there will be ranch riding and reining, low jumps, and lots of different classes, including dressage schooling. Full itinerary available on the MHE&S’s website.

• From July 27-30, 1 p.m. to midnight, the Midway will be in operation.

• From July 27-30, noon to 8 p.m, the Visual Arts Show is being displayed at the Cypress Centre auditorium. Official opening and award ceremony held July 25 at 6:30 p.m.

• From July 27-30, noon to 8 p.m, Better Living Exhibits is also taking up residence also in the Cypress Centre auditorium. As well as the Kids Kraft Korner, open 2-4 p.m. daily.

• From July 27-30, noon to 8 p.m, a selection of Country in the City events are taking place at the Cypress Centre pavilion.

• From July 27-30, noon to 9 p.m. the Stampede’s Pioneer Village is open. As well as the petting zoo, open from 1-7 p.m.

• July 28 at 9 a.m. the annual Stampede Parade passes through downtown, with Bob Ridley as the honorary parade marshall.

• July 29 the Ranch Horse Competition and Sale returns to the rodeo grounds. The competition runs from 12:30-3:30 p.m, with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. The sale begins at 4 p.m. with 20 head of Broke Ranch Horses and Prospects up for grabs.

Rodeo

• July 28 at 5 p.m, July 29 at 8 p.m. and July 30 at 1:30 p.m. All taking place at the Grandstand. Stampede royalty will be announced at the July 29 rodeo.

Fireworks

• July 28-30, starting at approximately 10:45 p.m.

Themed Days

• July 28 is Military Day

• July 29 is Methanex Kiddies Day. Admission to the grounds free for all 12 and under from noon until 3 p.m. Lots of prizes, face painting, bouncy castles, games and four age-differentiated scavenger hunts. Don’t miss the watermelon eating contest at 2:30 p.m, followed by a celebrity watermelon eating contest featuring local athletes.

Deals

• South Country Co-op Grocery and Gas Bar locations in Medicine Hat have wristbands on sale for $40 if purchased before July 26. On July 27, they are available on the grounds for $50. Good for all day on the Midway and one day of the Stampede, does not include gate admission.

• July 27 and 29 are Double Toonie Days. General admission is $4 and there will be half-price ride coupons available from noon until 3 p.m.

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