Oil price slump hurts Calgary Stampede party plans

A family takes in the sights during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary on Friday, July 8, 2016. (Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Dan Healing, The Canadian Press, June 30, 2017 

CALGARY – Michael Werbisky fondly remembers getting the shaft at the posh Hyatt Regency Hotel during the Calgary Stampede about 10 years ago.

The owner of Western Decor and Displays says he won a $50,000 contract to build an old-fashioned gold mine shaft in a hallway for a law firm’s Stampede party, along with a saloon set and other rustic decorations.

“We had it all done up in black material and the posts were done in rough wood and knee braces and so on, old-fashioned lanterns, a wooden walkway, so that when people entered the party they were coming through the mine shaft,” he said.

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