07/06/2013 08:33 EDT

Alison Redford At Calgary Stampede Breakfasts Across Town (PHOTOS)

Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta

Alberta Premier Alison Redford visited multiple Calgary Stampede breakfasts on Saturday, joined by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi at some of them.

In true Stampede spirit, Redford helped serve food, tried her hand at lariat twirling and interacted with children.

A Premier's Stampede breakfast is also planned for Sunday and Redford also asked those attending to consider volunteering time in High River afterwards.

Free pancake breakfasts are a Stampede tradition, and dozens are planned over the course of Stamepde week.

The annual cowboy festival kicked off on Friday as marching bands, floats and lots and lots of horses wound their way along the parade route under a sunny sky. Stampede officials say it has never rained during a parade.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the Stampede parade Friday but spent part of the day visiting High River.

Here's a look at Redford at Stampede breakfasts:

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With files from The Canadian Press