Move over Red Deer. For the next week you'll no longer be Alberta's third largest city.

Every year during the 10-day Calgary Stampede, "Stampede City" becomes the third largest city in Alberta, complete with its own infrastructure and services that rival any you'd find in a year-round town.

According to Stampede officials, each day approximately 120,000 people spill onto the festival grounds, located near Calgary's downtown core, making the Stampede almost 30,000 residents bigger than Alberta's third largest city of Red Deer which has a population of 92,490.

The 193-acre fair grounds include nightclubs and restaurants, medical services, a police detachment, a recycling plant and more. The Stampede also generates its own electricity.

Click through the slideshow below to see how the Calgary Stampede transforms into a self-contained town each year.

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  • Stampede City includes: Street food. More street food than you can shake a stick at.

  • Stampede City includes: Medical services

  • Stampede City includes: Animals and agriculture

  • Stampede City includes: Remembering the past and keeping traditions alive.

  • Stampede City includes: An army of sanitation workers.

  • Stampede City includes: Its own recycling and garbage plant.

  • Stampede City includes: Banking services.

  • Stampede City includes: Its own police detachment.

  • Stampede City includes: Coffee shops and cafes

  • Stampede City includes: Artists.

  • Stampede City includes: Performance art

  • Stampede City includes: Restaurants and bars.

  • Stampede City includes: Musicians and entertainers

  • Stampede City includes: Diverse communities, like Weadickville and Indian Village

  • Stampede City includes: A logistics team

  • Stampede City includes: A carnival (and the gangs of teenagers that flock to carnivals.)

  • Stampede City includes: Nightclubs

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  • Stampede Royalty take time for a photo in between dodging raindrops and attending events.

  • Wagonwheel making in the Agricultural Area.

  • A reprieve from the rain brings out those looking for deep-fried food.

  • A performance artist in the Western Oasis.

  • Running to the rodeo to get out of the rain.

  • Rodeo-goers run like mad to beat the rain.

  • Safe in the Grandstand, rodeo-goers dry off before an afternoon in the stands.

  • Brave rodeo attendees wait for the show to start.

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Date 2012 2013 2013 Total
Sneak-A-Peek 39,028 26,866 26,866
Friday, July 5 108,455 67,615 94,501
Saturday, July 6 135,252 92,270 186,771
Sunday, July 7 184,483 146,446 333,217
Monday, July 8 103,480 63,453 396,670
Tuesday, July 9 121,548 115,169 511,839
Wednesday, July 10 139,608 124,447 635,341
Thursday, July 11 103,648 142,905 738,989
Friday, July 12 152,729 127,045 866,034
Saturday, July 13 171,715 143,744 1,009,778

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A horse has died following Friday's chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede, officials have confirmed.

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A family friend and agent of a bull rider injured at the Calgary Stampede says the cowboy has fractured vertebrae and a broken jaw.

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With just four days left to take in the 101st Calgary Stampede, and with the blessing of nice weather, day seven at the Calgary Stampede turned out to be a beautiful one.

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Famous people love to visit the Calgary Stampede.

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A cowboy had to be rushed to hospital after being stomped in the back by a bull during an event at the Calgary Stampede.

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It was Kids' Day at the Calgary Stampede today.

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The Calgary Stampede reports a steer had to be euthanized after sustaining a severe injury.

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We're talking booze-induced headaches and gut rot. Here are some of the foods we think might help.

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Barney the Big Purple Dinosaur is celebrating his 25th birthday at the Calgary Stampede this year.

Man, we feel old....

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The folks at the Calgary Stampede had a lot of fun last year playing with their deep-fryer. Check out videos of their adventures in deep-frying (including a belt buckle, hat and cowboy boots.)

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Not quite the lineup like there was yesterday, but many more people on grounds for Kids' Day. It's going to be a scorcher!

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Royal couple praise Stampede spirit, Canadians' resilience.

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A family that dresses together stays together!

Find photos from the fifth day of the Calgary Stampede here.

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Tomorrow's forecast is supposed to be even warmer than today, so we recommend you head down early to beat the crowds. This photo shows yesterday's line up at 9:15 a.m. compared to today's line up at 9:30 a.m.

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