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Weadick, Guy (wed + ick)

Guy Weadick is famous for creating the Calgary Stampede. When Guy Weadick arrived in Calgary in 1912, the city was starting to forget its cowboy roots. Weadick was also a Wild West peformer and knew that people enjoyed that type of entertainment.

In 1912, Weadick went to Calgary, and put together a program for a Wild West show. He was able to get the support of wealthy ranchers in the Calgary area, so he felt that his ‘show’ would be a success. The first ever Calgary Stampede was set for September 2-7, 1912, when ranchers and farmers had finished the harvesting and would be able to go. It was a great success!

He remained with the Calgary Stampede for the next twenty years - inviting the best rodeo performers, starting the first chuckwagon races, and offering top prize money. Although he spent a great deal of his life traveling around the world promoting his western shows and even went on to become the owner and operator of the famed Stampede Ranch south of Calgary, Guy Weadick will be most often remembered by Albertans as the father of the Calgary Stampede.

Guy Weadick

Guy Weadick

Guy Weadick at Stampede

Guy Weadick at Stampede