Alberta’s Largest Agricultural Classroom
From new Canadians to veteran cowboys – Stampede Park remains a place where people from all backgrounds can come together and experience Alberta’s unique western heritage and culture.
Aggie Days, held every spring at Stampede Park, plays an important role in educating urban children and youth about agriculture, and the impact it has on our everyday lives. The event draws over 40,000 youth and families from across the city.
For new Canadian and local youth Sharaegh, the experience was overwhelming.
With wide eyes, Sharaegh didn’t want to miss a minute of the action and couldn’t put his video recorder down.
Sharaegh moved to Calgary in early 2012 from Iran, where his father ran a farm equipment repair shop. Although his family has always had a connection to farming, Sharaegh had never been to a farm or experienced agriculture first hand. Until Friday that is, when he visited Aggie Days.
Aggie Days is a great way to introduce youth to the culture and agricultural heritage upon which Alberta was founded. From watching stock dog competitions, to touching cows, holding chicks and learning about cultivation, Aggie Days is a unique opportunity for all youth to experience the farm – right here in Calgary.
Experiencing and understanding the cultural heritage of a new country are important first steps in the relocation process, and help make new Calgarians feel as if they are part of the community. Through the four values of the Calgary Stampede – western hospitality, integrity, pride of place and commitment to the community – Aggie Day’s welcomes new Calgarians to our community by not only showcasing our agricultural roots, but our western heritage and values.