Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Alberta - Strathmore and Vulcan

This last weekend was the "Heritage Day" Long Weekend in Canada, and the Towns of Strathmore and Vulcan were busy. 

The Strathmore Stampede is held annually on this weekend.  As Canada's third largest rodeo, the rodeo is a big draw and boost to the local economy.  What I find particularly fascinating about the stampede is the Running with the Bulls!  Yes, you read that correctly.  (You can check out videos from past years on YouTube. Be warned: they will probably make you cringe.) I blogged about this event a while ago, when I'd briefly contemplated having my heroine, Claire, in Devin's Second Chance sign up for a similar event, but she screamed at me that no matter how much she wanted to grab life by the horns, she wasn't going to actually do it. Despite Claire's resistance, I do make a passing reference to this rodeo in Devin's Second Chance.

All I can say to that is "people are crazy..."

Vulcan Ale
Label on the
Vulcan Ale bottle.
And, this year, Vulcan celebrated its centennial anniversary.  The big shindig happened over the weekend.  If you haven't heard of Vulcan, Alberta, well, you must not be a Trekkie.  They have been holding Spock Days for over twenty years, there is a Trek Station at the town's entrance and they have a Starship with plaques welcoming visitors in English, Klingon and Vulcan. So, to commemorate this 100 year milestone, Vulcan commissioned their own beer: Vulcan Ale. It even has its own Facebook page.  I bought a bottle over the weekend, but I haven't opened it yet, but I do enjoy the packaging... 

How was your weekend? 


Anonymous said...

Oooh, I love the Vulcan ale! I'd shriek at Running with the Bulls, but I'd definitely get down with my inner Trekkie at the centennial in Vulcan.

I'm discovering a whole new side of Canada through your blogs! :)

patonlorraine said...

LOL - I hope it is a good side.

And, I agree, there is no way I'd go Running with the Bulls, but a little Vulcan Ale is doable. ;)