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880-pound chocolate bull welcomes rodeo fans at Calgary's airport

Courtesy Calgary International Airport

An 880-pound chocolate bull on display at Calgary's International Airport.

A lot of bull arrived at Canada’s Calgary International Airport last week — or, to be more precise, an 880-pound, near life-size bull made entirely of chocolate.

Created by Calgary-based Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, the bull is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day rodeo and entertainment extravaganza that runs this year through July 15.

About 400,000 rodeo fans converge in Calgary each year for the Stampede and Tourism Calgary president/CEO Randy Williams estimates that close to 10 percent of those temporary cowboys and cowgirls are from the United States.

To help welcome stampede-bound travelers, Calgary International Airport gets gussied up with hay bales, fences and painted windows and schedules contests, sidewalk sales and entertainment.

The chocolate bull is new this year, but should be kicking around for years to come. “We are hoping to shellac it and keep it for future stampede decorations,” said Jody Moseley, director of corporate communications and marketing for the Calgary Airport Authority. “It’s beautiful, chocolate art.”

And there's no tasting allowed — and that's no bull.

Find more by Harriet Baskas on StuckatTheAirport.com and follow her on Twitter.

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