Media Advisory - Outstanding Albertans to receive BMO Farm Family Awards

    CALGARY, July 2 /CNW/ - The Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal
will present 18 southern Alberta families with the 2008 BMO Farm Family Awards
on Monday, July 7 at Stampede Park.
    Alberta Agriculture Service Board representatives chose hard-working
southern Alberta farm families for this honour. The awards bring attention to
the importance of farming to the Alberta economy as well as the contributions
and sacrifices made by our rural Alberta families.

        WHAT:   Presentation of the BMO Farm Family Awards

        WHO:    The Honourable George Groeneveld, Alberta Minister of
                Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
                Ted McCarron, Senior Vice President, Prairies Division,
                BMO Bank of Montreal
                Dr. David Chalack, Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors,
                Calgary Stampede; and
                Award-winning farm families

        WHEN:   Monday, July 7 at 10 a.m.

        WHERE:  Palomino Room, Roundup Centre, 20 Roundup Way SE,
                Stampede Park

    In addition to attending a special reception and brunch, each family
member will receive free admission to the Park, a BMO Farm Family Awards
limited edition pin, a farm gate sign and tickets to the world's richest and
roughest afternoon Rodeo.
    The officials and farm families will be available for interviews. Media
are invited to attend the brunch and awards ceremony. Please RSVP to Shelley
Knapp, Media Relations Advisor at 403.261.9140 or

    The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community
organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The
Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta
through its world-renowned 10-day Calgary Stampede, year-round facilities,
products and services and agricultural programs that foster understanding of
the agricultural industry. All revenue generated is reinvested into Calgary
Stampede programs and facilities.

For further information:

For further information: Doug Fraser, Media Relations Manager, Calgary
Stampede, T (403) 261-0242, C (403) 585-3376, F (403) 261-0190, E; Laurie Grant, BMO Financial Group, T (604)
665-7596, C (604) 318-0735, E

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