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Calgary Stampede 2013 Attendance Dips, But Not By Much

07/14/2013 05:38 EDT | Updated 09/13/2013 05:12 EDT

This year's attendance at the Calgary Stampede won't break any records, but considering the grounds were under water several weeks ago the number of people through the gates is quite impressive.

According to Stampede officials the one-millionth person made their way on park sometime Saturday night. The total tally as of end-of-evening Saturday was 1,009,788 people.

Saturday was also the busiest day of the 101st Calgary Stampede, so far, with 143,744 stepping on grounds.

Overall attendance is slightly behind the 2010 and 2011 editions of the fair, and way behind last year's centennial celebration, but many would say it was a remarkable feat to even have a Stampede this year, just weeks after the park was hit by significant flooding.

The most people to ever squeeze onto the grounds was the first Sunday in 2012, when 184,483 people came out to celebrate the fair's Family Day.

Organizers have repeatedly said that this year's numbers should not be compared to 2012's centennial.

"An anomaly was our centennial celebration," said Stampede spokesperson Jennifer Booth.

Check out how this year's Calgary Stampede attendance compares to 2012:

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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