Thousands of seniors braved the rain and stormed the Calgary Stampede gates yesterday morning for free admission on Western Heritage Day.

Nobody enjoyed the free admission and breakfast more than Calgarian Pat Adams, who has been coming to the Stampede every year since 1969.

“I always used to bring my six kids, and now sometimes my grown children still come with me, and last year I brought my granddaughter,” the self-professed Stampede’s biggest fan said.

Adams said she and her husband and two elderly friends each received free admission and tickets to the rodeo and chuck wagons, too.

“We saved a lot of money. It’s worth coming early and fighting the stampede of people crashing the gates.”

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