CALGARY, Alberta, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Former NFL New York Giants player and star of ABC's "The Bachelor," Jesse Palmer, headed to his native Canada to celebrate the 101st Calgary Stampede. Despite severe flooding that affected the area just a few weeks prior, Calgary kicked off their annual event in true-cowboy style, welcoming nearly one million visitors to enjoy "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth."
A warm, royal welcome was extended to Palmer as the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses accompanied him to the event's signature chuckwagon races and a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of Stampede Park.
"The Calgary Stampede has always been on my bucket list," noted Palmer, who was also able to enjoy local traditions and activities with his family and friends over the long weekend.
Palmer and his brother Christian tasted the finest fair foods at the Stampede including a traditional pancake breakfast at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel and nearly finished a four pound "Outlaw Burger" from Lazy S Restaurant.
"It was one of the best burgers I've ever had, and I've had lots!" added Palmer. "Sadly, I had no room left for poutine [the Canadian specialty French Fries made with gravy and cheese curds]."
Giving his stomach a break, the former Bachelor also enjoyed horse-rides, shows and the Cowboy Casino. Palmer even horsed around with young members of the 'Round-em Up Girls' before their Stampede performance.
TheCalgary Stampedeis an annualrodeo,exhibitionandfestivalheld every July inCalgary,Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, attracts more than a million visitors each year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, aparade,midway,stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions,chuckwagon racingandFirst Nationsexhibitions.
About the Calgary Stampede
As we enter our second century, the Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We're Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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