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80TH ANNIVERSARY

CANADA’S LARGEST 7 DAY PRO-RODEO

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PON ONOKA STAMPEDE 2016

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016

STAMPEDE MARKING ITS 80TH YEAR It gives me great honor to welcome everyone to the 80th anniversary year of the

‘Wild West of 36.” This year is the Legends of 80 years. Each day will represent a new decade and will honor some of the legends of that decade. Some are from the past, some are still very active in the stampede and they all represent the pride we all feel for the Ponoka Stampede. Our success is only possible because of the dedication and hard work of all our directors, hundreds of volunteers, service clubs, and our sponsors. Without our loyal fans and community support, it would not be possible to put on a world-class show and chuckwagon racing for the last 80 years. Ponoka Stampede offers top prize money that in turn brings in the world’s best contestants, stock contractors and chuckwagon drivers, making our small town famous in the world of rodeo and chuckwagon racing. This year we are very excited about our opening night. There will

be a special grand entry of 80 riders and flags, along with other acts and the Dodge truck giveaway, all to celebrate our 80th anniversary. This year our annual parade will also be honoring the legendary Ian Tyson as the Parade Marshall, along with Ilona Carter as the honorary president of the 2016 Ponoka Stampede. I would like to invite everyone to all the events taking place in our community such as the Stampede breakfasts, the Parade, the Art show and the West Coast Amusements Midway. We have a great lineup of entertainment as well, bringing you Clint Black and Dallas Smith, the annual Talent Show and four nights of fireworks. Enjoy your stay and take in all that the 80th annual Ponoka Stampede has to offer! Mike Stretch President

Ponoka Stampede President MIKE STRETCH

CONGRATULATIONS PONOKA STAMPEDE ON 80 YEARS OF RODEO LEGENDS!

The Town of Ponoka wishes the very best of luck to all competitors and participants in this year’s Stampede. We also thank Stampede volunteers who generously give their time to help make the Ponoka Stampede a huge success every year! Town of Ponoka C, 4900 - 54 Street, Ponoka, AB T4J 1N8 Town phone: 403-783-4431 Town email: town@ponoka.ca


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STAMPEDE’S 80TH A YEAR FOR LEGENDS By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye PONOKA NEWS This special 80th Ponoka Stampede is the occasion to honour and recognize the legends who helped make the rodeo what it is today. In true stampede fashion, the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association has planned a big first night Monday, June 27 to celebrate the many years of a busy rodeo. Stampede director Jim Harbidge has put together quite an itinerary with a 1930s and 1940s theme recognizing Hec Labrie who was Stampede president and mayor of Ponoka at one time. “The roots of the stampede go back a long way,” said Harbidge of Labrie and the stampede’s growth over the years. It’s also a big night for the grand entry. Typically the grand entry includes wild horses running through the main grounds. This year brings 80 horses and riders coming through the grounds riding in a serpentine fashion, said Harbidge. On the second day, the association looks at the 1950s and recognizes Harry Vold who was a major influence in the bucking horse stock. Day three celebrates the 1970s and Tommy Dorchester, who was integral in developing the chuckwagon racing event and has developed a dynasty of racers, explained Harbidge.

This 80th Ponoka Stampede is a year to honour the legends that helped build the rodeo to what it is today. Each day of the Stampede someone will be recognized. Here Tommy Dorchester is shown and he will be honoured on day three of the Stampede. Photo courtesy of the Ponoka Stampede

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80th Anniversary Ponoka Stampede GRANDSTAND STAGESHOW featuring

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016

SIX NIGHTS OF CHUCKWAGON RACING A BIG DRAW FOR PONOKA STAMPEDE By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye PONOKA NEWS The canvas auction at Ponoka Stampede’s World Professional Chuckwagon Association auction day is a big draw for buyers and drivers. This year’s auction was at Ponoka Stampede’s Stagecoach Saloon Friday, May 6, and is the last big sale of the year before the season gets under way. This year’s total money brought in $330,000, a drop from last year’s record-breaking sale of $519,000. Kurt Bensmiller earned the highest bid with $20,000 from the Tsuu T’ina Nation. The average bid was $9,166.67 and the lowest bid was $4,500. The Ponoka Stampede stop is a popular one as it sets the stage for the Calgary Stampede, explained Stampede vice-president Blair Vold. With the downturn in the economy, Vold said he expected a bit of a drop in sales. He did say that one of the big draws of the Ponoka Stampede, and seeing the WPCA tour come through town, is the small-town western feel of the Ponoka Stampede. He suggests it is a welcoming environment for fans and wagon drivers. “We always say that

it’s a cowboy’s rodeo,” added Stampede president Mike Stretch. Vold feels the drivers enjoy Ponoka’s rodeo because it sets the stage for them competitively for the Calgary Stampede but it also gives them a chance at some great prize money, on top of the chance to win the $50,000 Dash for Cash final showdown event. “We’re over $250,000 on the prize money,” said Vold. “It’s a feather in their hat if they can win Ponoka,” he added. “And this year is our 80th,” added Stretch. “There’s a lot of special things that are going to be happening this year.” WPCA ready for the season WPCA president Ed Wittchen enjoys the Ponoka stop of the tour, stating the committee works hard to ensure the drivers are taken care of. Weathering the downturn in the economy takes a balance of drivers getting to know buyers and creating long-term relationships. “We know we’ve got to do something with Saskatoon, (Sask.) and something with Medicine Hat because we don’t get enough local buyers,” said Wittchen. To address that challenge WPCA has created a committee to develop ways of creating local

For six wild and fun days the World Professional Chuckwagon Association and fans converge on Ponoka to take in the racing action. Listen for the “thunder” as the wagons come down the finish line and fans stomp their feet in the grandstands. File photo

interest. Some drivers have also looked at creative ways to garner sponsorship by getting different groups to support portions of a series, thereby getting full coverage. Other things drivers do is if they have a home base along the routes is only take the horses needed for those specific races. Breaking new ground in horse care tech The WPCA has been on the forefront of equine care, most recently with its implementation of a code of care for horses. Policies within the code of care provide clear guidelines to drivers and handlers on horse care. Add to that

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a newly implemented traceability program, explained John Lee, WPCA vice-president, it has taken the WPCA to a new level. Just over a year of research and testing enabled the association to fully imple-

ment this new addition. “We’ve micro-chipped all our horses. So we are in excess of 800 horses that are micro-chipped with a unique number,” said Lee. By the time of the first race this season, every horse’s steps can be followed by WPCA. This could be anything from how many races and rest periods there were, to track transportation duration for horses to even

tracking random drug testing. If there ends up being a health issue, the WPCA would be able to research the information, says Lee. Marketing a big focus Another area the association has invested is in its marketing. Heading the marketing for WPCA is Bryan Hebson who has managed to develop newer sponsorship despite a tough economy. He focuses on educating companies on the races as a strong marketing platform with the ability to reach a large number of fans and viewers. “It’s an enjoyable experience,” he explained. Hebson says in the WPCA there are more than 200,000 fans who will see a sponsor’s logo on a canvas. Indeed, the Ponoka Stampede usually sells 80,000 tickets for the busy week.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016

ILONA CARTER RECOGNIZED AS HONORARY STAMPEDE PRESIDENT By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye PONOKA NEWS It was fitting that the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association chose Ilona Carter, 91, as this year’s honorary Stampede President. This year is a time to honour legends for the 80th anniversary, and Carter is someone who has close ties and dedication to Ponoka and to the stampede. Being told she was honored with the title took some convincing. “I thought they’d made a mistake,” she joked. The plan was to take Carter for a coffee visit and when she arrived at the location, members of the Stampede Association were in attendance providing her with a letter of thanks and being told she was chosen. “It’s scary but it’s a real honour for me,” she offered. Carter was there for the first Ponoka Stampede rodeo and helped with countless initiatives over the years. She used to hang out on the fences with Frank Mickey and watch the rodeo action and has countless fond memories. “I just regard her as a perfect lady,” added Mickey of his friendship with her. For her part, Carter developed the Stampede Queen contest as well as starting the fashion shows and other initiatives. One thing is for certain, she loves rodeo. “I don’t think I’ve missed a stampede.” She helped sell silver dollars as a fundraising

Ilona Carter (centre) was announced as the honorary Ponoka Stampede president for her dedication to the rodeo since it started. With her is (l-r) Stampede president Mike Stretch, Miss Ponoka Stampede Jaden Van Der Vlis, director and friend Frank Mickey and 2015 Miss Ponoka Stampede Ashley Akkermans. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

tool and would travel around the countryside trying to raise money and awareness. Those silver dollars lay proudly in many homes in Ponoka. With a family who worked closely with horses, being part of the Stampede was something that came naturally to them. Carter’s father was one of the committee members who helped develop the rodeo and her brother rode race horses.

Welcome to the 80th Anniversary Ponoka Stampede! Saluting 8 Decades of Rodeo Legends

“I just grew up in Ponoka and I’ve loved it ever since,” she said simply. Being part of the community is in her blood. She has worked closely with the Kinsmen and Kinettes for many years and used her pilot’s licence to fly cowboys to different rodeos from time to time. Seeing the growth from a one-day rodeo to a seven day event has been a great source of pride for Carter.

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80th Anniversary Ponoka Stampede

PARADE Thursday, June 30 beginning at 10 a.m.

80 years of Rodeo Legends

Tom Butterfield

Parade Parade Route Route

PONOKA STAMPEDE PARADE GUIDELINES 1. Entries should be at the Arena marshalling area before 9:00 a.m. to be judged. Entries should be totally assembled and participants ready to be judged. 2. The Parade Committee reserves the right to refuse access to the Parade to any entry deemed unsuitable, or dangerous. 3. An ambulance and tow truck will be on standby in case of any emergency. 4. Entries must not deviate from the established parade route unless directed by a police of¿cer or parade of¿cial. 5. No smoking or alcoholic beverages are allowed on parade entries. 6. Items such as candy, balloons, etc. may be given out to spectators by “Walkers” who accompany the Àoat and hand out treats from a safe distance by using small bags or pails. There is to be NO THROWING OF CANDY from Àoats for safety’s sake. 7. All entries should be 80% decorated and decorations securely fastened. 8. Individuals driving quads or garden tractors on the parade route must be over the age of 14. 9. Along the parade route you may encounter travelling parade marshals who have the authority to ask you to slow down, speed up, etc. YOUR COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED TO HELP MAKE THE PARADE SAFE FOR EVERYONE!

The 3-mile long Ponoka Stampede Parade is making plans for the 80th Annual Parade. We would like you to be a part of this exciting event at the famous Ponoka Stampede. Your entry would add greatly to the quality and variety of our well-known parade. Please ¿ll out the attached entry form and plan on having a great time at both the parade and the Ponoka Stampede.

PARADE DIRECTOR - GREG GORDON Rodeo Of¿ce: Box 4336, Ponoka, AB, T4J 1R7 Ph. 403-783-3120 Fax 403-783-5858 Cell 403-704-3541 PARADE BEGINS AT 10 A.M. SHARP - RAIN OR SHINE Marshalling takes place in front of the arena complex (4410-54 St.)

Bud Butterfield

Brian Butterfield

Judging at 9:00 A.M. SHARP

PONOKA STAMPEDE PARADE CATEGORIES 1. PROFESSIONAL: an entry built by a professional. 2. NON-PROFESSIONAL: an entry built by volunteers to represent a business. 3. NON-COMMERCIAL: an entry representing a community organization, built by volunteers. 4. MOUNTED: any group or individual mounted on horses, mules, etc. 5. 4-H: any 4-H group - beef, dairy, horse clubs, mechanics, etc. 6. HEAVY HORSE HITCH: an entry featuring heavy horses. 7. LIGHT HORSE HITCH: an entry such as horse & buggy, using regular horses to pull. 8. OLD-TIME: any entry representing the past, (carts, buggies) non-motorized. 9. ANTIQUE: any antique motorized vehicle. 10. DECORATED CARS: cars of any age, 80% decorated. 11. COMEDY & NOVELTY: an entry with humorous theme. 12. SPORTS & RECREATION: any group from a sports or recreation activity or organization. 13. CHILDREN’S: includes carts, decorated bikes, novelty items. 14. BEST MARCHING BAND 15. BEST NON-MARCHING BAND 16. TOWNS, CITIES, VILLAGES: any entry representing a town, city , etc. 17. COMPLIMENTARY: any entry which does not wish to be judged.

STAMPEDE PARADE ENTRY FORM Name of Individual or Organization: ______________________ ___________________________________________________ Mailing Address: _____________________ Ph: ____________ Town/City: ___________________Postal Code: ____________ Category You Are Entering: (must be ¿lled out) __________________ Description of Entry: __________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Number of Participants: _______________________________ Special Needs (if any): _______________________________

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016

LEGENDS THE FOCUS OF 80TH ANNUAL PARADE By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS A celebration fit for 80 years of Ponoka Stampede pride and traditions: “Eight Decades of Stampede Legends” is this year’s focus of the annual Stampede parade that will wind its way through downtown Ponoka at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 30. As usual, thousands of spectators are expected to line the route that remains unchanged from year to year, explained Stampede director Greg Gordon. Known by locals as the ‘Three Mile Parade’, floats along with four marching bands and other entries will begin the route from the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex, go up 53 Street to 48 Avenue and turn past the Ponoka Fire Department, proceeding to 51 Street where it will head north to 57 Avenue then go right before it heads back south through downtown again on 50 Street and making its final turn onto 46 Avenue toward the end of the parade near the Aquatic centre. The parade will go rain or shine,

according to Gordon. “This year we have a little more entries, which was a pleasant surprise, and one more good thing is that we have several more First Nations entries participating,” he added. Among the special guests in the 80th edition of the Ponoka Stampede parade will be the Bentley Generals Senior AAA hockey club, who won their second Allan Cup - Canada’s senior hockey national championship - this spring. The team - which will be moving for next season and renamed the Lacombe Generals - will have the the cup with them and then will be available for photos and autographs with the Allan Cup at the Stampede grounds following in the parade. And as this is a historic milestone for the Stampede and the theme is honouring some of the legends of rodeo, its more than fitting that this year’s parade marshal is a Canadian legend of his own right - country music icon Ian Tyson. Having the hugely popular 82 year-old coming to Ponoka is a big coup, Gordon explained.

The 80th edition of the annual Ponoka Stampede parade will wind its way down downtown Ponoka and feature Canadian iconic music legend Ian Tyson as the parade marshal along with the 108 year-old Allan Cup among the floats, four marching bands and other entries on Thursday, June 30. File photo

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80th Anniversary! Welcome to Ponoka and we hope you enjoy our hospitality and friendly community during your stay.

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Any long time fans of the Ponoka Stampede will remember Glen Crandall’s old time farm machinery that used to be displayed for folks to marvel at. He will be recognized on day four in a 1980s-themed day. Harbidge said Crandall spent many hours and days working to ensure things ran smoothly. There’s not one Ponoka Stampede fan who hasn’t seen the main stagecoach ride through the arena. Helping make that ride possible was the hard work of Henry Fleck and George McCaughey who were integral in bringing the ride to Ponoka. Harbidge says the theme of day five, July 1, celebrates the 1990s and the two wagon drivers. “Those two were very instrumental in getting the stagecoach around.” It is quite the draw and has been featured in some news segments. With day six, Stampede director Gary Harbin is being honoured in true 2000s fashion. Harbidge said Harbin is the Stampede’s stock director who ensures stock are the best that can be had for competitors. He was instrumental in helping Ponoka Stampede be awarded with the Remuda Award from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys

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Association. This award is a feather in the cap for Ponoka and is an honoured bronze award. Without the volunteers, the Ponoka Stampede would not be able to run, which is why the Stampede Association chose to recognize them July 3. Countless volunteers spend a busy week ensuring security is handled, tickets are sold, the area is cleaned, parking is taken care of and much more. Harbidge said it was fitting to recognize the volunteers for their dedication to the cause. “They’re all very professional. They handle things well.” The volunteers will be represented by Shorty Jones, Ralph Vold, Frank Mickey and Tom Butterfield. And last but not least, on the final showdown event the fans will be recognized as legends themselves. Harbidge said the fans have helped make the Ponoka Stampede a memorable event across the country. “When I was a kid there were some fairly big rodeos but not so much anymore,” said Harbidge. Ponoka’s rodeo has managed not only to be relevant but it has grown year after year and he says none of this would be possible without a strong fan base.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016

BUTTERFIELD BROTHERS INDUCTED INTO ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye PONOKA NEWS This year’s 80th Ponoka Stampede is special in that the legends who helped build it up are being recognized. Perhaps appropriately, three brothers with special ties to the Stampede, Ponoka cowboys Brian, Bud (Vernon) and Tom Butterfield received special recognition from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for their dedication to the sport of rodeo. The announcement came from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and all three, along with the other inductees were recognized at a banquet June 3. Blake Butterfield was able to attend the induction ceremony and represent his dad, Tom, who passed away some years ago. Ranching and the sport of rodeo is something in the brothers’ veins. In their early days living in Ponoka, Brian said they learned to ride a horse almost as soon as they could walk. They needed horses to get to school, he explained. “In those days, you kind of had to make your own sport,” added Bud. Bulldogging, or steer wrestling,

seemed to come as a natural sport to the two brothers. While Brian and Bud became heavily involved in the sport of rodeo, their older brother Tom worked behind the scenes as a planner for the Ponoka Stampede and the calf industry. All three have received numerous awards and wide acclaim. Perhaps their most proud moment was being inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. In 1996, all three were inducted; along with high placement in bareback riding, Brian landed four steer wrestling championships and the Canadian All-Round Championship; Bud earned a total of six steer wrestling championships and Tom was recognized for his work with the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, CPRA. Both Brian and Bud were active in the Cowboy’s Protective Association and Brian served as CPRA president for one year in 1958. Blake said his father was instrumental, along with a dedicated group of cowboys, in getting the CPRA out of financial trouble and setting it up for success. His father had a cowboy way of living. “The harder you work, the more successful you are,” explained Blake.

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“I’m not sure where the sport would be without his input,” he added. For Brian, being in rodeo was something he loved. “You’ve gotta rodeo for the love of the sport.” It seems the three were inseparable. They started a feedlot business together, were inducted in the rodeo hall of fame together and although Tom

couldn’t be there in February, all three were part of the recent group of inductees to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. What Brian said he would like to see grow in the sport is increased sponsorships that will bring bigger financial benefit to the athletes. What sets rodeo apart from the rest of the sports, added Bud, is that “You are your own man.”

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BIG NAME TALENT TAKES TO STAMPEDE GRANDSTAND By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS

Internationally acclaimed country artist Clint Black headlines the opening night of the Ponoka Stampede on Monday, June 27 with a concert at the grandstand following the rodeo. The first night will also be packed as those in attendance could be the one that wins a new Dodge Ram pickup. Photo submitted

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The grandstand will be filled with star-studded entertainment for the historic 80th edition of the Ponoka Stampede. Headline acts Clint Black and Canadian Dallas Smith will highlight the two big concert nights at the Stampede grandstand. The 54-year-old Black, whose music continues to transcend generations and genres, helps kick off the seven-day rodeo with his concert on opening night Monday, June 27. The show will begin following the completion of the first night of rodeo events, which all begin at 6:30 p.m. Considered one of the most successful artists in, not only country, but the entire music industry, Black has seen a staggering one-third of his singles become hits over his nearly three decades in the business. He has also sold more than 20 million albums since his debut in 1989, that saw his hit album ‘Killin’

Time’ reach triple platinum status while also marking a shift toward a more traditional country sound. That particular album boasted five #1 hits, unprecedented for a debut by any musician. Another reason to make sure you are there is the chance to drive home with a brand new 2016 Dodge Ram 1500. Everyone in with a ticket in attendance - that are 18 and older - will be entered into the draw that will take place that evening. While Black will be a tough act to follow, rising Canadian rock ‘n country star Dallas Smith will try to do just that when he takes to the main grandstand stage on Thursday, June 30 right after the World Professional Chuckwagon Association races are finished. The 38-year-old from Langley, B.C. quickly became a sensation across the country just four years ago after making the jump to a solo career after being the lead vocalist for an multi-platinum alternative rock band. continued on page 13

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His latest single ‘Kids With Cars’ - that was recently released from his newest album ‘Lifted’ is kind of a spin on the American culture as well as some of his own experiences. ”It takes you back to the first car you ever owned in high school, to when you hung out in the parking lot,” Smith said. “You had your little group of Civics and imports over here, and you had the guys with the classic cars over there. And then there were the girls with the brandnew Mustangs. All of the different social groups were based upon what you drove.” Smith has vaulted to headline status in such a short time and the awards demonstrate that. ‘Lifted’ won the 2015 CCMA Album of the year and the 2015

Welcome to the 80th Anniversary

Ponoka Stampede! Welcome rodeo fans and good luck to all contestants! “Tailored to meet your individual needs.” Dallas Smith, rising Canadian country music star who won a Juno and a CCMA last year for his latest album, will be taking to the main grandstand stage at the Stampede on Thursday, June 30. Photo submitted

Juno for country album of the year. He credits country stars such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire

for pushing his path that eventually lead to Nashville, then discovering he could blend his rock stylings with country storytelling following

in the footsteps of Keith Urban. “I have something to offer vocally that I hope country music fans will really like,” he added.

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OUTLAW ROUNDUP RAISING FUNDS FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS PONOKA NEWS STAFF Over the last eight years, ATB Financial’s Outlaw Roundup has raised more than $138,000 for local community groups. The western-themed jail and bail fundraiser brings community leaders together to help raise money for a specific community group, for this year it’s Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s a popular event that brings a fun pancake breakfast, with local RCMP officers bringing in the “outlaws” to try and get their way out of jail through fundraising. Ponoka ATB branch manager Roy Scabar is excited to see the roundup focus on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program this year. “Raising any kind of funds for that group is important.” “This year, we’re celebrating our 8th annual Outlaw Round Up in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka,” states a press release from Ponoka’s ATB. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity.” “The Ponoka Big Brothers Big Sisters team is committed to growing life changing relationships that inspire and empower our youth to reach their potential — both as individuals and citizens — through friendship, mentoring and fun.” Groups who have benefited from this event include the Ponoka Youth Centre, Ponoka Victims Services, the SplashPark Project, Ponoka Composite High School Broncs Athletics Program, KidSport Ponoka, Ponoka Minor Soccer and last year’s Ponoka Elementary School Community Playground

Project, which raised more than $25,000. Scabar says that every group that has been a part of the program has been deserving and he is proud of the strong support from the community, and the many donors who have helped make the fundraising endeavour a success. The branch is dedicated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters in-school mentoring program with three staff members, including Scabar, who take part in it. One thing is for certain: “I definitely have enjoyed the program,” said Scabar. “I definitely will be continuing the program,” he added proudly. The Outlaw Round Up and pancake breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at ATB’s “hometown hooskow” at the Royal Canadian Legion. “We’d love to see you there. Wrangle up your rustlers and mosey on down for some pancakes, entertainment and fun as we arrest our local outlaws to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka,” states the release. Here are the outlaws for 2016: • Carol Morrow • Pat Boardman • Susan Whitecotton • Justin Graham • Sharon McLennan

• Grant Jorgenson • Deanna French • Susan Bussiere • Adam Al-Kadri • Richard Gregory

This year’s ATB Financial Outlaw Roundup features support for Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The roundup is a fundraiser program with community leaders raising money to “get out of jail” and raise funds for a specific program. File photo

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CATTLE RAFFLE PRIZE MONEY VALUED AT $70,000 PONOKA NEWS STAFF “Get the cattle raffle tickets while you can or you’ll lose your chance at $70,000.” That’s what Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association director Joe Dodds is telling anyone

who asks about the cattle raffle this year. One winning ticket holder will grab 40 head of cattle, or $70,000, depending on their preference, says Dodds and as always he expects

tickets to sell out. “Get them early or we’ll be sold out.” The raffle is a big fundraiser for the asso-

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Stampede,” says Dodds. Folks take great pride in supporting the initiative, which is evident from the dedicated ticket purchasers over the years. He has seen people buy books of tickets regardless if they were able to make it to the stampede that year or not. Folks just want to show their support for the program as they believe in what Ponoka Stampede is doing. Compared to most lotteries, the odds of winning are relatively strong and most people tend to take the cash, as they don’t have the means of dealing with that many cows, says Dodds. Ten tickets are drawn randomly each day for six days and of those 60 tickets, one will be drawn to bring winnings to a lucky winner. The remaining 59 ticket holders get their money back, says Dodds. This year the goal is to raise enough money to improve areas around the main grandstand.

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80TH ANNIVERSARY STAMPEDE SPONSORS SHOWDOWN SPONSORS • ATB Financial • Budweiser • Eagle Builders LP • Long Run Exploration Ltd. • Pidherney’s Inc. • RAM • Red Deer Motors TOMMY DORCHESTER “DASH FOR CASH” • Trailblazer RV DIAMOND SPONSORS • Legacy Ford PLATINUM SPONSORS • Cervus Equipment & John Deere – Ponoka GOLD SPONSORS • Beam Canada Inc. (Alberta Premium) • Calnash Trucking (South) • Gov’t of Alberta – Office of Traffic Safety • Northplex Ltd. • Town & Country Supplies • Wrangler • Zoetis SILVER SPONSORS • Bonavista Energy Corp. • Brahma Boots • Crazy Horse Casing • Don Laing Trailers • Hamilton’s IGA • Peavy Mart/Work King • Serratelli Hat Co. • Troy Fisher Silverworks Inc. • U.F.A. • West Coast Amusements

TRACK SIGN SPONSORS • Big Country Energy Services Inc. • CEDA • Central City Asphalt Ltd. • Ember Resources • Samson Cree Nation • The Liquor Store • W. Foley Contracting & Steel Building Erector CHUTE SIGN SPONSORS • 2W Livestock Equipment • ATCO Pipelines • Boston Pizza • Cook County Saloon • Inland • Jones Boys Saddlery & Western Wear • Merial Canada (Ivomec) • RE/MAX Real Estate Central Alberta • Servus Credit Union • Stretch Construction • Sylvan Lake RV BRONZE SPONSORS • All Structures Metal Buildings • Bobby Wills • CFCW Radio • Crawford Agencies • D.J. Will Holdings Ltd. • David Gilmore • Foothills Inspection Services Ltd. • Fortis Alberta • Gemini Corporation • Global Overhead Doors Ltd. • KFC – Ponoka, Rocky Mtn. House, Red Deer • Lor-al Springs Ltd. • MCC Recording Studio • Morskate Manufacturing Ltd.

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STOCK AWARD SPONSORS • Abt Cattle Co. – Saddle Bronc Halter • Busted Ladies Lingerie. – Bareback Halter • Rahr Malting Canada Ltd. – Bull Bronze Plaque BUCKLE SPONSORS • Black Aces Chuckwagon Promotion • Camex Equipment & Rentals • Classic Granite Works • Conterra Industries • Crop Production Services • East Country Electric • Featherlite/Allan Dale Trailers • JAX Steakhouse & Bar • MacKenzie’s No Frills • McDonald’s Restaurant • Ponoka Lions Club • Royal Canadian Legion • Sommer Home Hardware Building Centre • The Butterfield Family • The Dodds Family • The Gerald Rausch Family FRIENDS OF PONOKA STAMPEDE • Accu Publishing (2007) • Bob Ronnie Catering • Cantriex Livestock International Inc. • Communications Group • Dave Hoybak Oilfield Const. • Dunc’s Septic Tank Service

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PANCAKE BREAKFASTS A STAPLE OF THE PONOKA STAMPEDE EXPERIENCE Cowboy church on the

last day of action PONOKA NEWS STAFF There are three community pancake breakfasts planned for during the busy Ponoka Stampede week. Folks will be able to enjoy a hearty breakfast starting at Servus Credit Union Monday, June 27. From 8 to 11 a.m. breakfast will enjoy food and goodness on the first day of the stampede. Always a fun experience is the ATB Financial Outlaw Roundup breakfast set for Wednesday, June 29 at the Ponoka Legion, a new location this year. The group is raising funds for Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters and looking forward to an exciting event, that stays busy from the moment the doors open. The breakfast goes from 8 to 11 a.m. The last pancake breakfast the Stampede fans can enjoy is held the morning of Sunday, July 3, the Alberta Cattleman’s Pancake Breakfast and Cowboy Church at the main grandstand. This is the same day of the pro rodeo finals and the Stampede Showdown and the exciting $50,000 Tommy Dorchester Dash for Cash. The Potter’s Clay Quartet is expected to entertain attendees during the Cowboy Church. Attendees will be able to take in some country gospel music and an enjoyable breakfast. Folks can get their final fill of pancakes, sausages, syrup and butter during the breakfasts.

There are three fun pancake breakfasts scheduled for this year’s Ponoka Stampede. First is Monday, June 27, Wednesday, June 29 and Sunday July 3. Folks enjoy a hearty breakfast and pancakes, syrup, butter and sausages.

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RODEO TICKET PRICES TICKET PRICES Main & Buckin’ Chute Grandstand, Rush/Infield - Prices include GST

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Pancake Breakfasts

MONDAY, JUNE 27 9 am 9 am – 5 pm 6:30 pm

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Parade Thursday, June 30 - 10:00 a.m. Theme - 80 Years of Stampede Legends

ART AUCTION July 1 4:00 pm Stagecoach Saloon Paintings, Sculptures & Original Paintings

FRIDAY, JULY 1 – Canada Day

Canadian Finals Mounted Shooters at the Calnash Ag-Event Centre Farmers Market – Arena Complex Pro Rodeo & Stage Show Featuring CLINT BLACK FREE Dodge Truck Giveaway, Fireworks & Live Entertainment at the Stagecoach Stage gee Saloon

CLINT BLACK TUESDAY, JUNE 28 – Senior’s Day 9 am 9 am – 5 pm 12:30 pm 1 pm 6:30 pm

Canadian Finals Mounted Shooters at the Calnash Ag-Event Centre Farmer’s Market – Arena Complex West Coast Amusements Midway Opens Pro Rodeo Kids Wild Pony Race, Pony Chuckwagons, World Professional Chuckwagons, Live Entertainment at the Stagecoach Saloon

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 8 am – 11 am 9 am 9 am – 5 pm 12:30 pm 1 pm 6:30 pm

ATB Outlaw Round Up & Pancake Breakfast at the Royal Canadian Legion Canadian Finals Mounted Shooters at the Calnash Ag-Event Centre Farmer’s Market – Arena Complex West Coast Amusments Midway Opens Pro Rodeo Kids Wild Pony Race, Pony Chuckwagons, World Professional Chuckwagons, Ponoka Stampede Talent Showcase & Fireworks, Live Entertainment at the Stagecoach Saloon

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 Ponoka Stampede presents the World Professional Chuckwagons Dodge Pro Tour

$50,000 TOMMY DORCHESTER DASH FOR CASH IN FINAL HEAT 6 NIGHTS OF RACING

9 am 10 am 12:30 pm 1 pm 6:30 pm

Ponoka Stampede Team Roping at the Calnash Ag-Event Centre Ponoka Stamede 3 Mile Long Parade Theme: 8 Decades of Stampede Legends West Coast Amusements Midway Opens Pro Rodeo Kids Wild Pony Race, Pony Chuckwagons, World Professional Chuckwagons, Stage Show Featuring DALLAS SMITH Fireworks following with Live Entertainment at the Stagecoach Saloon

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9 am Ponoka Stampede Team Roping at the Calnash Ag-Event Centre 10 am – 6:30 pm Ponoka Stampede Western Art & Gift Show – Arena Complex 11 am BBQ – IGA Parking Lot 12:30 West Coast Amusements Midway Opens 1 pm Pro Rodeo 4 pm Ponoka Stampede Live Art Auction at the Stage Coach Saloon 6:30 pm Kids Wild Pony Race, Pony Chuckwagons, World Professional Chuckwagons, Fireworks after dark 8:30 pm Beer Gardens & Dance – Arena Complex

SATURDAY, JULY 2 “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Day

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SUNDAY, JULY 3 – FINALS & SHOWDOWN 8 am – 11 am

Alberta Cattlemen’s Pancake Breakfast & Cowboy Church – Main Grandstand 10 am – 6:30 pm Ponoka Stampede Western Art & Gift Show – Arena Complex 12:30 pm West Coast Amusements Midway Opens 1 pm PRO RODEO FINALS 6:30 pm Ponoka Stampede Showdown Pony Chuckwagons $10,000 Dash for Cash Championship Heat World Professional Chuckwagons $50,000 Tommy Dorchester “Dash for Cash” Sponsored by Trailblazer RV Pro Rodeo Stampede Showdown $105,000 BONUS PRIZE MONEY Cattle Raffle – Final Drawing $70,000 cash or 40 bred heifers

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RODEO FINALS Sun. July 3

8 am – 11 am Chicks for Charity Champagne Breakfast Stagecoach Saloon 10 am – 6:30 pm Ponoka Stampede Western Art & Gift Show – Arena Complex 10:30 am Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Challenge Grandstand Infield 11 am Ponoka Stampede Century Team Roping at the Calnash Ag-Event Centre 12:30 pm West Coast Amusements Midway 1 pm Pro Rodeo 5 pm Ponoka Stampede Open Team Roping at the Calnash Ag-Event Centre 6:30 pm Kids Wild Pony Race, Pony Chuckwagons, World Professional Chuckwagons 8:30 pm Beer Gardens & Dance – Arena Complex

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6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

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Chuckwagons with Stage Show Featuring DALLAS SMITH Thurs. June 30

6:30 p.m.

$55 all tickets

STAMPEDE SHOWDOWN AND CHUCKWAGON FINALS Sun. July 3

6:30 p.m.

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ALL PERFORMANCE PACKAGE Main & Buckin’ Chute Grandstands including GST Adult - $260 • Kids (under 12 years) - $185 Arena Beer Gardens Friday, July 2 & Saturday, July 3 $15.00 per entry

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RIDER AMONG ENTERTAINING INFIELD EVENTS By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS The 80th edition of the Ponoka Stampede will generate lots of fun, not only in rodeo action over the seven-day event, but also with the infield between the various rodeo competitions. Amanda Payne will be showcasing the talents and that of her horses as one of the acts that will take to the infield at the Ponoka Stampede. Payne’s act includes several feats performed with various horses, including having them ‘jump’ onto the top of their horse trailer, along with various other tricks. The native American from Oklahoma had been performing at rodeos across North America as part of her father’s One Arm Bandit and Company rodeo act before she struck out on her own when she was 18. Another part of the entertainment package for the rodeo includes the always popular rodeo clown, who also doubles as a great artist that focuses on western culture - CrAsh Cooper. The small town - with a really big emphasis on small - Saskatchewan native has been touring the North American rodeo circuit for close to two decades and has become one of the best rodeo clowns - and entertainers - in the business. His comedic timing, which comes from training with talented Canadian comedians, combined with the typical

small, rural Canadian humour developed from a life of growing up on a farm to operating his own ranch has made him popular with both rodeo fans and the athletes that compete near him. Lastly, but definitely not least, the veteran announcers for the Ponoka Stampede have the ability to keep fans well informed about the action going on during the rodeo as well as keep you chuckling in between. Dr. Lynn Phillips from Enid, Oklahoma will once again join the voice of Canadian rodeo Les McIntyre of Vulcan and Carstairs Katy Lucas as the announcers for the 80th edition of the Ponoka Stampede. Phillips is an anesthesiologist, who grew up on a ranch and remains connected to those early days by describing the action at about 15 rodeos each year across North America. Meanwhile, McIntyre has been calling rodeos and chuckwagon races for decades and seven years ago, the now 62 year-old, succeed the iconic world famous Joe Carbury as the voice behind the glass at the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon event and will be back in Ponoka to provide his known famous calls. Added to the mix is Katy Lucas, who is well known to Ponoka Stampede patrons as Miss Ponoka Stampede 2014 and Miss Rodeo Canada 2015. Lucas was also recently hired as the marketing and communications director for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.

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THRILLS ABOUND ON STAMPEDE MIDWAY By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS The thrills at the Ponoka Stampede won’t just be on the track and the infield. Some of the top rides will be at the West Coast Amusements midway at the Stampede grounds during the week with something for everyone. The midway runs from Tuesday, June 28 to Sunday, July 3 and opens daily at 12:30 p.m. There will be rides that spin, whirl, twirl and fly high with just a bit of crazy tossed in, while those less adventurous or a bit younger can enjoy something a little slower and closer to the ground. More than 25 rides will be at the Stampede this year for a wide variety to try. And if you’re one that wants to ride all day, or even every day, then a midway armband is what you need. For enthusaists, all day passes allowing a place in all the rides at a discount will be available at Hamilton’s IGA until Monday, June 27. One can’t forget the numerous games of chance as well, providing people with the opportunity to walk away stuffed with prizes. Speaking of stuffed, for the carnival food connoisseur there will be plenty of choice to sample or ‘chow down’ on at the midway. A fresh dipped corn dog or a bucket of fully loaded french fries are a pair of the popular favourites along side the ever delicious hot mini-donuts. Though for patrons that are looking for something different, a treasure called the Hot Chihuahua Mexican Grill serving the freshest Mexican fare will be among the food vendors on site. To finish off the day on June 27, 29, 30 and July 1 everyone can enjoy the fireworks display, with some fortunate people likely to time their ride on the ferris wheel right for the chance to get a better look.

The ferris wheel is one of the big attractions of the midway during the Ponoka Stampede with its view of the grounds as well as the town. File photo

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RIDE, ROCK & ROLL ON TO SOME GOOD TIMES By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS The Ponoka Stampede kick off will be a little bit of rodeo to go with some rockin’ and rollin’. The Ride, Rock & Roll event will feature many of the top 30 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) association competitors taking on many of this country’s top bulls on Saturday, June 25 for one of the richest single day bull riding events on the PBR Canada circuit. The action gets under way at the Stampede grounds starting at 7 p.m. and will have a different look and feel this year to go along with the thrills and spills of the bull riding. While the event for the last 13 years has been loosely tied to the week-long Stampede, this year the Ponoka Stampede committee took over organizing after it had gotten to be too difficult for the Harty family - who began the event in memory of Jace. Stampede committee member Keith Kjenner explained the change will help the event carry on and hopefully grow. “We decided to go with an event and concert that will hopefully attract a somewhat different and younger audience,” he said. “We are bringing a pair of rock bands - Big Sugar and 54-40 - that was the type of rock music those now in their 30s to 40s grew up with. Hopefully they will come out and we can turn some of them into rodeo fans at the same time.” The concert is set to begin immediately following the conclusion of the bull riding and both bands

Some of the top bull riders in North America will be in Ponoka for Ponoka Stampede lead-in PBR event on Saturday, June 25. The night also includes something different this year - a rock concert featuring a pair of classic bands from the 80s and 90s in 54-40 and Big Sugar. File photo

should be extremely familiar to those who grew up in the 1980s and 90s. As for 54-40, many will remember the Vancouverbased band for ‘I Go Blind’ - which further vaulted their popularity when it was covered by another Canadian

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band and made the Friends television show soundtrack. Big Sugar - an alternative rock and reggae band from Toronto - arrived on the music scene in the early 90s and became big time players with hits that included ‘Open Up Baby’ from 1996 and their 1999 single ‘Turn the Lights On’. The band had more success before taking a six year hiatus as the individuals went onto other projects, then decided to come back together in 2010. “We didn’t just want to go out and tour, but to get back making albums,” said Kelly Hoope, who plays harmonica, tenor sax and keyboards as one of the three band members considered the original members of the group. “Even after a six year hiatus, where we kind of all went out and did a few of our own projects, our songs were still getting major play on the radio, so we decided to come back together.” The concert is also part of Big Sugar’s promotional tour for their latest album ‘Calling All The Youth’ released last year. “We can’t help but play as we are and I think that’s why people in that (35-plus) age range continue to soak it up and hopefully it appeals to more people,” he said. “And just like we have our old and new favourite songs, we have our old fans that remember back to the early times and we have a lot of new fans that found us through our acoustic tour a couple years ago.” For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Stampede office at (403) 783-0100 or head to the website at www.ponokastampede.com.


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CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS HAVE THEIR DAY TO SHINE Submitted The 17th annual Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Challenge kicks off again this year and is set for Saturday, July 2 at 10:45 a.m. rain or shine. The popular event provides children with special needs a chance at modified rodeo events. File photo

The 17th annual Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Challenge kicks off again this year in front of the main grandstand and is expected to be fun and exciting day. The event is set for Saturday, July 2 at 10:45 a.m. rain or shine and is a favourite stop for children with special needs. Kids get their own rodeo day and young enthusiasts can get into the western swing of things with modified rodeo-style events. This heartwarming and family-oriented event is organized by Marjorie and Ken Krossa and Lynden and Diane Vold. Initially it was designed to give Krossa’s daughter Skylar, who has Down Syndrome, and other children with special needs to compete and be successful in rodeo events.

The Giddy Up Rodeo, hosted by the Calgary Stampede, was the inspiration behind the Rodeo Challenge and the Krossa and Vold families worked hard to bring it to Ponoka. After presenting the idea to the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association, the first Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Challenge was initiated in 2000. “We started this little rodeo because there were not many sport-

ing events that children with special needs could participate in and rodeo is Skylar’s favourite time of year,” explained Ken. “Skylar knows the rodeo is coming when the leaves turn green and her excitement grows further when the trailers start pulling into the camp,” he adds. “The goal is to give these contestants a chance to be start for the day.” “I feel the children

have fun and gain a sense of pride in their accomplishments, especially when they receive their very own trophy, which is sponsored by Encana, presented to them at the end of the rodeo.” Families pre-register their kids and the Krossas cannot remember the last time they had any empty spots. Kids aged five to 18 years old with physical and/or mental challenges are welcome.

Here is a list of the different events: * Cow milking: Contestants learn to milk from wooden a wooden cow; * Flag Picking: Contestants ride quiet, specially selected horses; * Calf Roping: Contestants learn to rope a wooden calf; * Bull Riding: Contestants ride hand-rocked bull for 8 sec.; * Chuckwagon Races: Hand pulled Chuckwagons race around the barrels; * Wagon Ride: Horse drawn wagon ride, wheelchair accessible; * Petting Zoo: Small farmyard animals for petting; * Face Painting: Hypoallergenic makeup upon request.

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SHOWDOWN AND DASH FOR CASH BRING TOP DOLLARS IN WINNINGS By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye PONOKA NEWS There is usually a buzz in the air for the final rodeo showdown of the Ponoka Stampede that brings the best rodeo athletes and chuckwagon drivers of the week together. This year’s final night is set for Sunday, July 3 and brings top dollars to the showdown — $105,000 in total prize money for the rodeo action, the $50,000 Tommy Dorchester Dash for Cash and the $10,000 pony chucks Dash for Cash — plus the winners of the $70,000/40 heifers cattle raffle. It’s the main event and the excitement in the air can be felt with everyone around. The top rodeo athletes not only have a chance at money but bragging rights at winning the esteemed Ponoka Stampede in their event. The event runs like clockwork and the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association is well known as a committee that hosts a memorable rodeo. For some cowboys and girls the conclusion of the Ponoka rodeo sets the stage for the Calgary Stampede and for others it’s an opportunity to set out on the road to the next rodeo to compete. Ponoka News has compiled a list of all the Ponoka and area competitors who are taking on the stampede.

While the full list was not available at press time, it is believed the following is the roster: Saddlebronc Jake Brown Luke Butterfield Bareback Jake Vold Bull riding Tyler Pankewitz Wacey Finkbeiner Zane Lambert Steer wrestling Chance Butterfield Rode Vold Craig Weisgerber Brock Butterfield Ben Ramey Luke Butterfield Cam Leeson Riley Flahr Team roping Walker Galloway Brett Buss Tyrell Gordon Kenton Fawcett Klay Whyte Keely and Logan Bonnett Levi Simpson Trygve Pugh Tie down Keely and Logan Bonnett

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CATCH A GLIMPSE OF SOME WESTERN ARTWORK AT SHOW By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS It’s a chance to take a walk back in time without leaving the present. You can also take off with your own bit of western or cowboy culture during the Ponoka Stampede’s western art and gift show that will run this year from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex located directly north across the highway from the Stampede grounds. Operating between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each of the three days, the free admission show will feature more than 30 exhibitors and the opportunity to meet and chat with many of the artists with works displayed and for sale. A variety of mediums - including oil, pencil, watercolour, photos, leather and glass - will be among the pieces that bring art,

western culture and rodeo together. This year’s featured artist is Kim Penner, who created the 2016 Ponoka Stampede painting used for the 80th edition of the event featuring the image of Ponoka rodeo product and Canadian champion Jake Vold. By getting to the western art and gift show, you can have the opportunity to purchase one of the 80 limited edition prints of that painting on sale for $100. Farmer’s market offers healthy local produce Fresh produce sellers and home crafters are gearing up for a robust Ponoka Stampede week. Held at the Ponoka Culture and Recreational Complex, the Farmers’ Market is managed by long-time organizer

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A variety of artists and vendors will be on hand at the Ponoka Arena Complex across the road from the Stampede grounds presenting their work for people to look at and purchase. There will also be live demos by some artists along with the farmers market located nearby. File photo

Donna Merrill and will be held Monday, June 27, Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29. Many vendors will grace the market with a variety of produce and wares as, the Farmers’ Market is a fantastic place to hunt down fresh and

locally gown fruits and vegetables, woodwork from artisans and an array of western style products fit for Stampede week. Merrill says she has been busy taking in requests from vendors for tables and expects there will be a full list of options

for shoppers. Merrill and the Farmers’ Market remain actively involved with philanthropy and hold regular 50/50 draws, with proceeds going to charities and other organizations within the community.

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FAMILY-FILLED FUN FOCUS ON CANADA DAY By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS With the Ponoka Stampede garnering most of the attention, Ponoka’s Canada Day celebration is not taking a back seat this year. The 2016 edition on Friday, July 1 will prove to be one of the biggest events away from the Stampede grounds in a long while. All of the activity is being put on by the Canada Day volunteer committee with sponsorships by the Town of Ponoka, Ponoka County and a number of businesses and groups. The free events all begin at Lions Centennial Park with a barbecue courtesy of the Ponoka Fire Department, children’s activities including bouncy castles featuring an obstacle course and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle castle, Canada Day tattoos, face painting, and a bubble blowing station where you can build a special bubble blower that will create rainbow snake bubbles. Live music and Canada Day cake will be on the menu between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Hamilton’s IGA, where Ponoka Mayor Rick Bonnett along with various other dignitaries will kick off the day’s festivities with a brief noon time ceremony. The free live entertainment will continue into the evening with The Slough Water Symphony - an oldtime rock and roll band from Red Deer - back at Canada Day in Ponoka due to popular demand with their sets of cover tunes. continued on page 33

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By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS Music, dancing and entertainment will be the name of the game as the Ponoka Stampede tradition of having the biggest beer garden of the year continues. Hosted at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Centre, the Ponoka Stampede beer garden dances will again feature Ponoka native Jamie Woodfin marking his sixth straight appearance to play at the hometown event - and the group TwoShine Country which is returning for a second straight year. The dances run on Friday, July 1 (Canada Day) and Saturday, July 2 with the doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Stampede ticket office at 403-783-0100 or at the door. Woodfin is coming off of a huge 2015 for the young singer/songwriter. His first single ‘Just Feels Right’ debuted last year off his self titled EP and his second single ‘We Go Together’ is gaining traction on the Canadian country music charts. A contestant in 2011 and 2012 Ponoka Stampede talent show, Woodfin loves to come back home and play for the many familiar faces in the crowd. “It’s always good to perform in front of a hometown crowd. I like to support the community as much as I can,” he said. Woodfin so far this year has opened for another Alberta country artist that has shot to stardom south of the border - Brett Kissel - as well as one of his big music influences in Corb Lund.

Local musician Jamie Woodfin will be returning to the stage at the Ponoka Stampede beer garden and dance on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2. It’s his third year in a row playing at various events for the Stampede and is a chance to give back to his community and play in front of family and friends. Photo submitted

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Top 12 E NTERTAINERS Josie Bryant “ I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing” Josie Bryant is a 27 year old singer/guitar player from Olds, Ab. She learned at a young age of her natural talent for singing and recently has picked up the guitar. Born to sing and create - Josie is very passionate about music as well as performing and is set to make her dreams a reality. She was named the “Olds Idol” of 2016 and has experience singing and performing locally. As a single mom of four and a fulltime student in makeup artistry, Josie’s drive and energy comes from her children who on a daily basis remind her of how blessed she is! Performing music is Josie’s greatest passion and she is thrilled to be a part of the Ponoka Stampede talent show!

Devin Cooper Devin Cooper is a 19-year-old musician playing Bluesy Rock ‘N Roll and Country. In 2013, at only 16, Devin recorded his debut E.P. Basement Blues. Devin played all of the instruments on the album; wrote, composed, and recorded everything you hear. During the summer of 2014, at 17 years old, Devin released Till the Morning Comes along with a music video. The single hit #4 on the iTunes New Blues Releases. Devin won the Rock 104.5 Star Search in 2015. His new single “Cross the Line” was released in April and in July, Devin opened for Lou Gramm of Foreigner.

Jaret Matthews My name is Jaret Matthews. I’m 21 years old and from Rimbey, Ab. I’ve been a self taught musician for almost ten years now, and it’s my life’s goal to make something of it. I like any kind of music that has the ability to make you move, and I like playing that kind of music as well. I’m excited for this years Talent Show, and I wish the best of luck to my fellow contestants!

Taylor Pilgrim Taylor Pilgrim is an 18 year old aspiring singer/songwriter from Calmar, AB and has had a passion for music and performing from a very early age. From drama productions such as Rock of Ages to small coffee shop gigs, she performs every chance she gets. Over the summer she traveled to Nashville, and alongside fellow musicians, had the honor to perform in places like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Graceland. She would like to thank everyone who has supported and guided her, especially her family and her mentor Kym Simon. Thanks Ponoka for this opportunity to follow my dreams!

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Born and raised around the Eckville, Alberta area, music has not only been a lifelong passion for Preston. It’s in his blood. From his great grandfather, grandfather, grandmother, to his parents and siblings, music has been in the genes for generations. Preston got his start playing on stages at age 14, with his father, and since, has been fortunate enough to have been given the guidance and advice of many talented entertainers, and “lives” music every day.

Michelle Laine is a solo artist hailing from Red Deer, AB. Graduating with a diploma in vocals from Red Deer College, Michelle has made a unique footprint in the music industry across central Alberta. She plays a wide variety of genres such as jazz, blues, folk, county western and rockabilly. Her original music has a rootsy feel and highlights the beautiful culture of rural Alberta.

Gizelle de Guzman Gizelle is a self-taught singersongwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. At a very early age, she found words and melodies a very useful tool to voice her feelings. Most of her song lyrics concern social issues and express personal life experiences. Throughout her journey, this young lady has learned to cherish every second of her life and spread the joy that everyone yearns for. Some of her music achievements include being the Grand Prize Winner of the Calgary’s Annual Kid’s Talent Show in 2014, and receiving a scholarship during the 2015 Cochrane Rotary Youth Talent Show. “A simple smile can save a life.”

Alex Dion My name is Alex Dion and I am from Frog Lake Alberta. I started auditioning 10 years ago for the Ponoka Stampede and have been fortunate enough to play the finals 6 times.  I really enjoy being on the big stage playing for hundreds of people.  Music is what I love and as long as I make the crowd feel good I am very blessed to do what I do.  I did not participate last year as I was still recovering from the loss of my mother, however now I am back on track and back to singing and playing gigs with my best friends and having lots of fun.  My mother has never been to any of my performances however I know she will be there in spirit and I plan to give my best performance as I will be dedicating my performance to her.  Music for me heals the soul and the feeling I get on that big stage at Ponoka Stampede is second to none.  I look forward to having a great show with the other contestants and wish them the best of luck.

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Falen Nelson

I started studying piano at 5 and bel canto (fancy word for Italian vocal technique) at 15. Graduated in vocal, piano and music education from the university before landing in Ponoka at the ripe old age of 22.   I work at Centennial Centre. Thanks to all my family members, friends, co-workers and my music instructor MTW who have given me love and encouragement.  I also give piano and vocal lessons to unsuspecting children, talented stars of the future.  It is such an honor to be chosen to participate in the Ponoka Stampede Talent Show.   Hope you enjoy the music.

Falen is like a breath of fresh air! She has a spirited personality, creative mind, beautiful soul and very kind heart.  Being raised on a farm she’s definitely not afraid to help out and get dirty.  Most things that some girls would consider gross have never been an issue.  She enjoys the outdoors and nature, riding her horse Chex, crafting all kinds of cool things, theatre and making music with her band.  Falen has always loved to perform and is continually challenging herself as an inspiring young artist.

Taya & Nikale van der Vlis Taya and Nikale live on a farm in the Alhambra area, near Rocky Mountain House. They both enjoy playing piano, violin, guitar and recently Taya has added playing the djembe drum to her list of ambitions. Both Taya and Nikale love writing and singing their own songs and perform at a variety of community and church events. They are very excited to be a part of the Ponoka Stampede Talent Competition!

David Vold Hello my name is David Vold and I am 17 years old. I was raised by two amazing parents Vince and Patti. Ever since I was young I have always loved music. I love sports but what I really love to do is play music. I started out on the drums then moved on to the piano and then I got my first guitar when I was about 8. After that I really got into it. I have always loved playing music for people! I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without my family and my closest friends. Thank you and hope you enjoy my performance!


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016

A CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST FOR CHARITY By Jordie Dwyer PONOKA NEWS Entering its sixth year, there will be a few new features to the annual Sunday breakfast.

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Sunday, July 3, it will make for a great start to what is a huge final day of the Ponoka Stampede. The event gets under way at the Stagecoach Saloon on the Stampede grounds at 8 a.m. with the doors opening at 7:30 a.m. There are still some tickets available by calling 403-783-0100. Jane Wierzba, presi-

dent of the non-profit society that runs the event, explained the fundraiser will feature a few new items and twists for the ladies in attendance. “While not giving away anything, I can say we will have a few new things to feature this year,” she said. “This year’s theme can probably be best

described as reflecting timeless elegance and will continue to showcase the always delicious gourmet food.” The proceeds from the breakfast this year will be split between a pair of causes they have supported in the past the Ponoka Stepping Stones program to assist young mothers and the

Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter. “We decided to make our donations based more on necessity this year and that’s why we have chosen to support these two very worthwhile causes during what is really some tough economic times,” Wierzba stated. “With the Fort McMurray fires, we believe it is these kinds of programs that even those people displaced will need to utilize as well as local people.” Over the last five years, the breakfast has been able to raise more than $130,000 for various charities. “We are so grateful for the generousity of the community and businesses for the continued support and helping us reach our goals,” she said. “This year is no different with some really amazing prizes available along with the number of live and silent auction plus raffle items that have been donated.” In addition, there will be a shuttle bus available for ticket holders to take them between the parking area and the Stagecoach Saloon.

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ART AUCTION IN ITS SIXTH YEAR By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye PONOKA NEWS Art lovers will have a chance at bidding on original western artwork during this year’s Ponoka Stampede art auction set for Friday, July 1. The art auction wouldn’t be complete without selling off the original poster celebrating the 80th Ponoka Stampede. This year’s painting was created by artist Kim Penner, who features champion bareback rider Jake Vold. Vold has competed in rodeos in the United States and Canada and is a six-time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier, a two-time Canadian champion and a 2014 National Finals Rodeo qualifier. This is also the first year where all the pieces will be original artwork, explained organizer Inge Sybrandi. Among the esteemed artists is last year’s Miss Ponoka Stampede,

This year’s live art auction set for Friday, July 1 will feature the original 80th Ponoka Stampede poster of champion bareback rider Jake Vold as well as 19 other original western art pieces. File photo

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Sybrandi is pleased with the number of original works being submitted and suggests with the Calgary Stampede going a different route by including other artworks besides western-themed, Ponoka Stampede will be one of the few places where a variety of western art can be bought in one place. “We’re going to stick to our heritage.” Other noted art pieces are being submitted by Ash (Crash) Cooper, who provides the infield entertainment as well. With all the different artists in place a total of 20 original works will be up for grabs during the auction. Sybrandi says the auction has seen steady growth over the years and she hopes to put Ponoka on the map as an ideal location to buy western artwork. “We have a nice little niche here.” “There’s no other auction like it in Alberta for western artists,” she added.

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A GREAT ADDITION TO STAMPEDE FESTIVITIES By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye PONOKA NEWS With the Calnash Ag Events Centre fully operational, the building has been able to compliment the main events at the Ponoka Stampede grandstands. “This week, the ag event centre is basically part of stampede week,� explained Joyce Vold, events co-ordinator at the centre. In true old western fashion the Canadian Finals Mounted Shooters will be showing off their riding and shooting skills. From Monday, June 27 to June 29 the shooters, who do present their skills in the main grandstand, compete for fastest rider and most accurate shooter. Following that, team roping events are held from June 30 to July 2, with special open team roping on July 2. The building is open early to allow for those who want to buy a warm breakfast, added Vold. “It’s to provide the people in town with some other events that they maybe won’t see in the grandstand,� she explained. Each year the ag events centre gets busy and having breakfast available for purchase has helped draw people to the location. The open team roping on July 2 is one to look out for, says Vold. Many of the athletes are professional ropers. Last year brought 40 to 50 teams and the winning prize is a Dodge pickup from Ponoka Dodge. If the action gets too much to absorb, right in the Calnash Ag Event Centre is the hall of fame for any Canadian rodeo fan to visit. Upstairs at the centre the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame holds the artifacts and awards of countless rodeo legends. It shows the history of the sport and is a source of pride for Ponoka to be hosting it at the centre.

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Reflections of Ponoka

The historic changes over 80 years of Ponoka Stampedes

MIKE RAINONE It is hard to believe as we take our seats in the jampacked grandstands at the end of this month that our grand and gala Ponoka Stampede has been attracting thousands of avid family fans from near and far to those same popular and bustling grounds at the south end of town for the past 80 summers. Along the way through all the rip-roaring action and fun for all ages our vibrant Town and County, has continued to come together to be the perfect hosts, keen sponsors, and dedicated volunteers....a great tradition that goes all the way back to that first two-day Stampede and Fair in 1936 and rolling on through an amazing rush of growth and successes into what has now proudly become Canada’s largest seven-day Professional Rodeo. Of all the many memorable years that I have wandered around this friendly community chasing stories for both Ponoka newspapers, among my favourite and enjoyable interviews were with the late Mrs. Laura Wierzba, a wonderful and congenial lady who grew up on the family farm west of Ponoka. It was always among her best memories, where she also raised her family, taught for many years in the tiny country school houses, and loved the sport of rodeo throughout her long, happy, and active life. Her great spirit, memory, wit and writings always recalled the ‘good old days’ at the Ferrybank Stampedes from 1919-1935 along with the early pioneer history, but also loved to share the amazing similarities and contrasts of the thrills of the Ponoka Stampede, both yesterday and today, which we enjoy

Photo courtesy of Brenda Vold

Three chuckwagons dash past the new jampacked grandstands in a late 1940s Ponoka Stampede, all under the watchful eye of the gentleman judges perched in the little shed up on the roof. There have been many changes of the colorful 80 year run of our community Ponoka Stampede, but the great skills of the contestants and the thrills and chills of all the action has always been a family tradition. passing onto all generations. It is most fitting that the theme of the 2016 Ponoka Stampede will be ‘eight decades of Stampede legends’ with so many being remembered and honoured for their long-standing dedication and efforts as contestants, board members, volunteers, sponsors, and on and on. The old grandstands Over the years Ponoka has progressed rapidly by adding the large and highly visible main grandstand and the covered grandstand behind the chutes that play host to thousands of fans. Along the way the PSA have also provided seating on the opposite side of the infield as well as luxury skyboxes for the intimate viewing of clients, family, and friends. If there were seats provided at those very early Stampedes, they were crude and rickety bleachers made of rough lumber and offering lots of slivers. Most people stood at the fences or sat on the grass to watch the action, while many of the ladies would pack their kitchen chairs in the wagon and sat around on them. The bucking stock Toward the end of the month we will see massive stock-liners rolling into town with the names of the nation’s best stock contractors on the sides and all con-

taining the best horses and bulls available in the rodeo world. The contrast to former times is overwhelming, as the ‘broncs’ of old usually belonged to local farmers, who may have hitched them up to a farm machine in the morning and were then led or driven into town to be bucked out in the afternoon. Laura recalled one year when Ed Doran successfully rode his horse in a race and then took him over to the corals, where he won first prize as the best bucking horse of the day. Awards and prizes Modern rodeo contestants who are successful in their chosen events will win large cash prizes as well as expensive buckles, trophies, and sponsor prizes. Prize money in the Ponoka Stampede has now exceeded one million dollars from rodeo events to wagons, and the rewards grow each and every year. In stark contrast the top purses at the Ferrybank Stampedes were $25 for the horse races and bucking, and from $5 to $10 for all the other events and each and every one of those rodeo stars of yesterday and today were skilled and dedicated individuals and teams, whether they just came from chores to catch their ride or had to drive half-way across the nation to make it to their third

showdown of the weekend. Concession stands and midways As we stroll around our spacious and modern Stampede grounds now we marvel at the massive, noisy, and colour midway, which has always been a joy and thrill for all ages, while everywhere one goes there is an overwhelming aroma from countless food booths that offer every tantalizing treat available in the world, and several more that the kids will surely discover! There were only a few vendors selling their goods in the early Stampedes, usually including the basic 10 cent hot dogs, burgers, fries, ice cream, lemonade, and cigarettes for a penny a piece, with admission to the grounds being 25 cents and children free. The first midway in 1945 was the Crescent Shows, who opened after the parade and offered nine major thrill rides in the air and on the ground! Then in the 1950s, the jovial Mr. Tiny Nichols and Jim Greenway arrived with their gala motor-midway, and Gayland Shows would faithfully work the Ponoka Stampede for over 25 years. Parking facilities and track maintenance Anyone attending events at our current Ponoka Stampedes

know very well that they need to get there early to get a parking spot, hitch a ride on the friendly shuttle, or ride with a buddy. In the early days most everyone came to the rodeo and fair event in their wagons or democrats and tied them up to a strong willow tree, and then when the cars and trucks came later there was lots of room in the nearby fields to park where you wanted. The early racetrack had a private hitching rail for contestants, while many of the sports teams all came to the games all packed into the back of a farm truck. Behind the chutes Great entertainment is available every night at the Stampede at the Stage Coach Saloon, on the big stage in front of the grandstand, or down at the multi-popular ‘Beer Gardens’ on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Complex. In the early days the only chance for a ‘cool one’ while watching the action was to go find a bootlegger, who could probably be found hiding behind the wagons peddling moonshine for 50 cents a pop. Later he would show up in a fancy suit to peddle his hooch at the evening dance, which featured the best local hometown bands and lasted way into wee hours. Casinos have become very popular, but the ‘old folks’ tell me that in the early days many an ‘illegal’ poker game could be found upstairs in the Royal or Leland hotels or behind the community hall. Announcers like Clem McSpadden, Don Harrington, Bill Kehler, Les McIntyre, and Dr. Lynn Phillips have become rodeo legends in the announcing booths, while in the early days they had to yell out all the action on a bullhorn while standing on an apple-box. The proud tradition of horse racing was a family affair in the early days, with young and old hitting the dusty track to try to win a few bucks and have district bragging rights, at least until the next showdown. While Stampedes have changed just a little over these many colorful years the keen spirit, the thrills, the chills, and the skills of the contestants and the non-stop cheering of the avid crowds will never change, and will just keep right going around this great rodeo town for many rootin-tootin’ years to come.


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