Kids enjoy the carnival games at Calgary Stampede.

After last year’s Calgary (Alta.) Stampede in the wake of devastating floods, this year’s event posted better attendance, and near-perfect weather and two sold-out concerts by Shania Twain helped numbers go up by 11.5 percent, to 1,263,428, over last year’s 1,133,050.

“That’s the second highest attendance ever, second to the centennial in 2012,” said publicity manager Jennifer Booth.

The 2012 atte...

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