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Calgary Stampede Is More Subdued Following Oil Collapse

Valerie Nimchuk paints murals of bull riders and horses playing wash-tub basses on storefronts in Calgary, part of decorations for a cowboy festival billed as the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”

This year, Nimchuk is hoping her playful drawings for the Calgary Stampede will buoy spirits and paint over the economic woes in Canada’s energy hub that’s reeling from the collapse in oil prices.