Academic journal article Alberta History

Calgary's Stampede Queens

Academic journal article Alberta History

Calgary's Stampede Queens

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Calgary's Stampede Queens

by Jennifer Hamblin. Vancouver: Rocky Mountain

Books. 357 pp., illus., colour, hard cover, $35.00.

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In 1945, Arena Director Jack Dillon arranged for the selection of a rodeo queen to represent the Stampede at the 1946 World Championship Rodeo in New York City. The choice was Patsy Rodgers, a member of a pioneer ranching family and an experienced rider. She participated in the Calgary Stampede parade and then went on to a rodeo in Dublin, Texas, followed by four weeks in New York and two weeks at a rodeo in Boston.

Inspired by the success of Patsy Rodgers, the Associated Canadian Travellers, a social and fraternal club, picked up the idea of an annual Calgary Stampede queen. They saw it not only as a promotion for Calgary and the Stampede, but as a means of raising money for its various charities. It invited local community groups and service clubs to sponsor candidates and to sell tickets in support of them at 25 cents each. Half the proceeds would go to the sponsor and half to the ACT for its charities, such as the Boy and Girls Clubs and the Red Cross Children's Hospital.

Winner for 1947 was Doreen Richardson, a candidate sponsored by Workshop 14, a Calgary theatre group, while her lady-in-waiting was Eva Brewster, representing the Fort Macleod Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Macleod Lions Club. …

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