For over 130 years we have been a community gathering place and many people from our region have some tie to our Agricultural Society.
The Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede is a family-friendly three-day event that originated in 1887. It’s a celebration of western culture and heritage with exciting rodeos, a pop-up amusement park, and a range of ticket-entry and free entertainment. In 2019, the event saw over 22,000 people. Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede continues to bring urban and rural communities together near the end of July, for people to enjoy their summer days and be entertained for as long as their hearts desire.
Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Events:
Methanex Kiddies Day
A day for the kids is planned, where they can enjoy hotdogs, popsicles, face painting, and bouncy castles. Games for different age groups are planned, like watermelon eating contests and scavenger hunts. This day is dedicated to bringing all the fun to your children during the Stampede.
The night shows are held at the Grandstand on the Stampede Grounds. Well-known bands perform their most popular and loved tunes, while community members and visitors live in the moment and dance to the live music underneath the stars. After you spend the day out in the sunshine, continue making more memories to look back on into the evening.
This is the heart of the Stampede. You’ll watch athletes participate in chuck wagons, bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, steer roping, and much more. This action packed rodeo will have your eyes wide open waiting for the next move.
For 21 weeks out of the year, the Exhibition & Stampede has over 100 vendors come together to sell their home-made and home-grown goods to the community.
Olde Tyme Christmas Fair & Christmas Farmers’ Market
This two-day Holiday inspired event happens in late November, where Santa Claus spends the night talking and taking photos with children. Hot chocolate is served to keep your cold hands and hearts warm while you hop on a hayride. Local vendors set up tables to showcase potential Christmas gifts. 2022 will be Olde Tyme Christmas Fair & Christmas Farmers’ Market’s 13th year inviting families and friends of all ages to join in on the Holiday spirit.
Medicine Hat Rodeo
There are several venue spaces on the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede land, one of which hosts rodeos from April to July. The Broncs & Honky Tonks Rodeo features Canadian Professional Rodeo and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association contestants, and is one of the more popular events people enjoy attending to watch all rodeo-related activities. Be sure to check the Stampede’s events calendar for upcoming rodeo events.
This village is home to many historic buildings from the firehall, blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a non-denominational church, a general store, an old-time garage, an RCMP replica detachment barracks, and a 1913 Webb ladder truck.
Volunteer Driven Events
Spring Rodeo, Chuckwagon Races, Queen Competition, Ranch Horse Sale and Competition, and All Breed Horse Shows are some events the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede hosts throughout the year. Over 600 volunteers help make each event possible. While the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede is the largest event, the venue space hosts many other entertainment events throughout the year.