This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.
You've all seen the pictures: cowboy hats. Girls on mechanical bulls. Deep-fried treats that will be pure evil when they leave your body. A 20-year-old man hunched over, puking in an alley. That's the Calgary Stampede that we all know and love.
But what happens when the party dies?
Rather than photographing everyone's indiscretions and hangover-inducing nights, I grabbed my camera and headed out to the midway and grandstand to take a look at the underdogs of the ten-day event: the clean-up crew.