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Stampede's 2017 attendance up over previous year

Over 1.2 million people walked the grounds at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

Warm weather and some admission promotions helped get people onto the Stampede Grounds this year.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Warm weather and some admission promotions helped get people onto the Stampede Grounds this year.

It’s official: The Calgary Stampede’s attendance bounced back from last year’s doldrums, although it wasn’t a record-setting year.

According to organizers, a total of 1,214,972 passed through the gates over 10 days. Last year 1,088,000 came out for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, but that was during the middle of an economic downturn and an especially rainy July.

Attendance was slightly down on the final day of the event year over year, with 117,514 visiting this year, and 151,695 visiting last year.

The Stampede had several promotions to get people through the gates, including a Stampede Superpass, which offered unlimited admission for $39 for early bird purchasers.

They also offered $1.50 admission until 1:50 p.m. on July 10 to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, and $5 admission for several hours on two days.

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