Friday, June 12, 2015

Stampede Critters are back! Suggest a name to win your spot in the Stampede Parade.

This summer the Critters are back!

Last year we said farewell to our Calgary Stampede street sweeping Critters. For 13 years Dixie, Samson, Rocky and Alfalfa kept the Calgary Stampede parade route clean on parade day.

Since the Critters’ retirement last year, The City has worked to design and build four new Critters, including a horse, a cow, a bull and a buffalo, to replace the old crew.

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“The Critters have been a Stampede tradition for nearly 15 years,” said Roads Director, Troy McLeod.  “We received feedback from Calgarians who were disappointed when we retired the Critters last year so we wanted to continue the tradition for visitors and Calgarians enjoyment for many years to come.”

The Critters aren’t just a part of the annual parade. They are also taken to the Alberta’s Children’s Hospital for the kids to enjoy during Stampede.

“We are also glad to be able to bring some joy to the youth unable to travel to the Stampede parade and our operators say it is the most rewarding event of the year to support.” said McLeod.

The Critters were designed and built in Calgary by Heavy Industries; you may recognize some of their work including Wonderland (the head at The Bow building). They are made out of light weight material and are fitted specifically to our new fleet of street sweepers which will make it easier for the operators to see during the parade. They’re also waterproof which will help keep the new Critters in good condition for years to come.

Before the new Critters make their debut at this year’s Calgary Stampede Parade on July 3, they need names! So we’re hosting a naming contest on The City’s social media channels.

Stampede Critters Naming Contest

This is your chance to name a Stampede Critter and be in the Calgary Stampede Parade!

Here’s how it will work:
  • Starting today, Friday, June 12, we’re encouraging Calgarians to post your name suggestions on The City’s social media channels. There’s several different ways you can do it:
  • The contest will be open for two weeks, ending on Friday, June 26.
  • Once submissions have been collected, City staff will vote on your suggestions to name the Critters.
  • Participants who suggested winning names will be put in a draw to win a ride-along in a Stampede sweeper during the parade. Four winners will be selected and the names will be announced before the Stampede parade.
So what are you waiting for? Get your name suggestion in today and you could be riding in the 2015 Calgary Stampede Parade on July 3!

41 comments:

  1. The Big 4...Pat, George, Al, Archie

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    1. Very good - I like that!

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    2. Yah. Men are awesome. We should celebrate them more!

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  2. Horse: Sammy Steed
    Bull: Brent Bull
    Buffalo: Billy Buffalo
    Cow: Cassie Cow

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  3. Horse: Coconut Roll, Bull: Outlaw, Buffalo : Stampede, Cow: Holstein

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    1. Hi ajcans36, you're siggestion for the bull, Outlaw has won! Please email Jessica.Bell@calgary.ca to receive information on your prize.

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  4. horse flossy, bull, Birmingham, for the bull in Birmingham England, buffalo, Indiana, cow , munchies


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  5. Horse: Apple
    Bull: Sir Loin
    Buffalo: Bill
    Cow: Patty

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  6. Steve the Steed
    Tyson the Bison
    Moomoo the Cow
    Dijon Mustard the Bull

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  7. Rip
    Roaring
    Rooting
    Tooting

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    1. And the winner is....

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  8. HORSE & BUNNY: Buck Shot & Benny

    In honour of Ron Barge and Jim Lewis's character "Benny T.Bear" - the stars of The Buck Shot Show. They entertained audiences for years and were wonderful ambassadors of Calgary.

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  9. As they were specially designed for the Stampede, and they sure are beautiful, these are my suggestions

    Cow – Paddy
    Buffalo – Chip
    Bull – Steamer
    Horse - Nugget

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  10. They are so beautiful and created for the Stampede so here are my suggestions.

    Cow – Paddy
    Buffalo – Chip
    Bull – Steamer
    Horse - Nugget

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  11. Horse - Clopper
    Cow - Paddy-Pie
    Bull - Dozer
    Buffalo - Buzz

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  12. Horse - Vern, Cow - Bessie, Buffalo- Morty
    bull - Frenchie

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  13. Bull: Buster
    Horse: Bruce
    Cow: Beverley
    Bison: Bernard

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  14. Horse - Hooper
    Cow - Cooper
    Bull - Booper
    Buffalo - Boofer

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  15. Horse - Hooper
    Cow - Cooper
    Bull - Booper
    Buffalo - Boofer

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  16. Terry Ann BurstromJune 19, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Horse: Neighshi
    Bull: Bucko
    Cow: Cuddles
    Bison: Tatonka

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  17. Terry Ann BurstromJune 19, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Horse: Neighshi
    Cow: Cuddles
    Bull:. Bucko
    Bison: Tatonka

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  18. Horse: Harvest
    Cow: Cudmore
    Bison: Beauty
    Bull: Blizzard

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  19. Horse: Neighshi
    Cow: Cuddles
    Bull: Bucko
    Bison: Tatonka

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  20. Horse: Harvest
    Cow: Cudmore
    Bull: Blizzard
    Bison: Bow

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  21. Horse: Beau
    Cow: Bailey
    Bull: Tex
    Bison: Barnes

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  22. Buffalo: Bill
    Cow: Lady B. Betsie
    Bull: B. Buster

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  23. Entry on behalf of Jaxson N.
    Names for the Horse and Bunny or Bull and Squirrel: "Rodeo & Juliet"
    (Also a country song by Garth Brooks)

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  24. Entry on behalf of Mackenzie N.
    HORSE: Barney & Baby
    BUFFALO: Barnaby & Bam

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  25. Horse: Buck
    Bison: Chuck
    Cow: Huck
    Bull: Truck

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  26. Horse: Charlie
    Bison: Rocky
    Cow: Jezebelle
    Bull: Rascal

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  27. The #stampedecritters naming contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions. The final names will be revealed on Parade Day, July 3!

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    1. When and how are you going to let the winners know they've won?

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    2. Winners will be notified before end of day today by replying to their comment on the social media channel that was used to enter the contest – Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We will then announce the winning names after the critters make their debut on Stampede Parade day!

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  28. Bull: Ferdinand
    Horse: Mustang M'arty
    Cow: Cowlette
    Buffalo: Benny

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