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In pictures: Calgary kicks off annual Stampede

Calgarians carry on with their usual festivities, despite the heavy-flooding that plagued the area two weeks ago and destroyed the Saddledome

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Shane Proctor of Mooresville, North Carolina takes a spill during the bull riding event in the bull riding event during the 101st Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Saturday, July 6, 2013. Proctor notched a score of 78.50 on the bull Lawless.

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Stampede goers endure more rain on the midway at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Friday, July 5, 2013.

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Stampede goers keep their spirits high despite soggy weather during the opening day of chuckwagon competion at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Friday, July 5, 2013.

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Stampede goers endure more rain on the midway at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Friday, July 5, 2013.

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Stampede goers take in the midway during the 101st Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Saturday, July 6, 2013. Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

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Stampede goers take in the midway during the 101st Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Saturday, July 6, 2013. Proctor notched a score of 78.50 on the bull Lawless. Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

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Chuckwagon driver Hugh Sinclair, participates in the opening day of competition at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Friday, July 5, 2013.

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, takes a rid in a chuckwagon during the first day of competition at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Friday, July 5, 2013.

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Chuckwagon driver Kelly Sutherland gives the crowd a thumbs up following his race on the opening day of competition at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Friday, July 5, 2013.

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Youngsters take part in the Wild Pony Race event during the 101st Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Saturday, July 6, 2013. Teams of three youngsters attempt to tame a wild pony long enough to get a rider aboard for a two jump ride. Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

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Wes Stevenson of Lubbock, Texas rides Twin Cherry to a score of 84.50 in the bareback event in the 101st Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta. Saturday, July 6, 2013. Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

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