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Alcohol sales to be allowed starting at 8 a.m. during 2015 Calgary Stampede

Calgary bars, restaurants, and lounges will again be allowed to serve alcohol as early as 8 a.m. during this year's Calgary Stampede, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) announced Monday.

After piloting the "flexible" liquor-sales hours during last year's Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the provincial regulator decided to renew the special exemption for booze vendors for the duration of the 2015 Stampede, which runs July 3 to 12.

"Licensees are expected to continue to offer service in a socially responsible way to ensure the safety of their patrons during these special hours," the AGLC said in a statement. "Licensees do not have to apply for this particular extension, which applies to early service only – closing hours for liquor service are not changing and all other rules guiding the service remain in effect."

Certain vendors, namely Class A, B and C licensees along the Stampede parade route, can request even earlier liquor-service hours of 7 a.m. or 7:30 a.m. during the parade day only, July 3.

Groups holding special events still need to apply for a liquor licence, the AGLC noted, and hours for special events are determined "on a case-by-case basis."

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