Calgary Stampede 2013: New Midway Attractions Include Aqua Ranch And New Ride

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Calgary Stampede 2013: New Midway attractions include the Bell aqua ranch and Mach 3. (Shutterstock) | Don Tran / Shutterstock

The newest additions to the Calgary Stampede's 2013 midway have gotten bigger and wetter.

Stampede will feature a brand new Bell aqua ranch, a pool the size of a hockey rink, with daring, high-energy stunts on jet skis and a water display show, right in the middle of cowtown.

The aqua ranch will also host Out of the Blue, a water display show complete with water and lightning special effects, that will be synced to the finale of the famous TransAlta Grandstand Show fireworks.

Another new addition includes Mach 3, a "tummy tumbler" ride which will swing thrill-seekers around a full 360 degrees.

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"Once Mach 3 begins, you better hold on tight because the arm will rotate up to 13 revolutions per minute, producing an acceleration of 3.5g on the riders,” says midway operations manager James Radke.

Other highlights at the 2013 Calgary Stampede include Saddledome Steps, a place where visiting bands from around will perform and carb-generous midway foods including deep-fried butter, chocolate covered bacon and pickle shots.

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