Calgary Stampede outlines security measures for 2016 event
Additional security personnel will be at the midway this year
Stampede officials and the Calgary Police Service are gearing up for a busy 10 days, and they're urging visitors to the event to do their part.
Here's what you need to know about the security measures that will be in place at the grounds.
Leave your pocket knives, multi-tools and beer cans at home, said Paul Burrows, the man in charge of security at Stampede.
Snacks, water and clothing are permitted, he added.
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"If you wouldn't bring it to an airport you really shouldn't bring it to Stampede Park." Burrows said.
Bag checks are voluntary, but Stampede officials will turn away anyone who opts out of having their bag checked.
Roughly one million people are expected to pass through the Stampede grounds this year.
"As I'm sure you can imagine, this creates some unique policing challenges," said Insp. Leah Barber.
During Stampede, the park operates as a ninth police district with its own commander, radio channel, patrol officers and office, said Barber.
She said there will be a highly-visible police presence throughout the park.
"While we completely understand that Stampede is a time to have fun, we still need to make sure everyone enjoys the celebrations in a safe and legal matter," Barber said.
Last year, a man was stabbed to death on the grounds during a confrontation between two groups.
The ATCO Lost Kids program is back again this year. Parents can place a wristband on their children which includes their contact information so that if a child gets lost, it becomes easier to reunite them with their family.
Parents are also encouraged to take a photo of their child so they remember what they're wearing that day at the grounds.