Jason Kenney announced Alberta's reopening plans on Wednesday, May 26. During his announcement, he said that the province is planning for a full reopening by early July, just in time for the 2021 Calgary Stampede.
Organizers of the Stampede made an announcement the following day, saying that the festival will go ahead, although it will look a little bit different this year.
For the 2021 event, there will be no chuckwagons, which are usually part of the Evening Show. In addition, country artist Paul Brandt will be unable to perform at the Grandstand Show as planned.
"For 2021 only, we are planning a brand-new Evening Show experience that will include high energy western events, competitive rodeo, live music, The Young Canadians, emotion-filled celebration and one of the largest fireworks displays in Canada," they wrote.
Organizers did note that they are in the process of planning "the Stampede Rodeo, Midway, Elbow River Camp, live music at Nashville North and The Big Four Roadhouse, BMO Market, Western Showcase, Agriculture showcases and competitions, and much more." So, it sounds like most of the Stampede traditions that Albertans know and love will still be taking place. In fact, tickets are already on sale.