Mike Rainone

Walt Healy’s classic Cannonball 1939 Indian is featured front and centre along with a line-up of many other superb old models at an annual Central Alberta Vintage Motorcycle annual summer rally at the Ponoka Stampede grounds. The 20th annual event

Vintage Motorcycle rally roars into Ponoka July 22-24

Riders are expected from across North America for the three day event

Walt Healy’s classic Cannonball 1939 Indian is featured front and centre along with a line-up of many other superb old models at an annual Central Alberta Vintage Motorcycle annual summer rally at the Ponoka Stampede grounds. The 20th annual event
Here is the delightful new display at the Fort Ostell Museum entitled ‘Once upon a Bride’ which pays tribute to the grand tradition of the countless romances and marriages in and around Ponoka and districts from 1840-1955 and beyond.

“Once upon a bride” display at Ponoka Museum

Weddings the focus of exhibit now on at local musem

Here is the delightful new display at the Fort Ostell Museum entitled ‘Once upon a Bride’ which pays tribute to the grand tradition of the countless romances and marriages in and around Ponoka and districts from 1840-1955 and beyond.
This great 1950s photo shows the Ponoka Stampede rolling down 51 Avenue and led by the perky cheerleaders with their batons and followed by the always popular community band

Everyone loves a sunny Ponoka Stampede parade morning

This week's Reflections looks at the fun and generally sunny Ponoka Stampede parade days.

This great 1950s photo shows the Ponoka Stampede rolling down 51 Avenue and led by the perky cheerleaders with their batons and followed by the always popular community band
This classic 1978 photo shows legendary Chuckwagon ‘king’ Tommy Dorchester reining in another winner in front of a packed and thrilled crowd at the Ponoka Stampede. The late Mr. Dorchester’s long and colorful rodeo and racing career began at the Ferrybank Stampedes in the 1930s

The glorious saga of the thrilling sport of chuckwagon racing

This week's Reflections looks at the history of chuckwagon racing.

This classic 1978 photo shows legendary Chuckwagon ‘king’ Tommy Dorchester reining in another winner in front of a packed and thrilled crowd at the Ponoka Stampede. The late Mr. Dorchester’s long and colorful rodeo and racing career began at the Ferrybank Stampedes in the 1930s
In 1963 Ilona Carter of Ponoka was crowned as the Queen of the Alberta/Saskatchewan Flying Farmers

Ilona Carter is the Honorary President of the 2016 Ponoka Stampede

Long time Ponoka district resident Mrs. Ilona Carter, 91, was honoured to be named as the Honorary President of the 80th Ponoka Stampede.

In 1963 Ilona Carter of Ponoka was crowned as the Queen of the Alberta/Saskatchewan Flying Farmers
Members of the Ponoka Seniors Drop-in Centre enjoy a rollicking game of cards

Ponoka Drop-in Centre is where good friends meet

This week's Reflections looks at the long history of the Drop In Centre.

Members of the Ponoka Seniors Drop-in Centre enjoy a rollicking game of cards
Ponoka Stampede 2016 80th Anniversary poster with Ponoka cowboy Jake Vold

Local cowboy Jake Vold featured on 80th Ponoka Stampede poster

Reflections of Ponoka - Keen competitor great ambassador for poster

Ponoka Stampede 2016 80th Anniversary poster with Ponoka cowboy Jake Vold
Following service in WW1

Celebrating eight decades of Ponoka Stampede legends

This week's Reflections celebrated eight decades of Ponoka Stampede legends.

Following service in WW1

Fink family left USA for the ‘Promise land’ of Alberta near Ponoka

This week's Reflections looks at the history of the Fink Family in Ponoka.

From a printer’s devil to the local editor

Reflections of Ponoka - keeping an eye on local history

The first school bus for children at the Provincial Mental Hospital Ponoka went into service in the 1930s and was upgraded over the years until the big yellow bus driven by John Blyth arrived in the 1950s. Some of the first and neatly dressed students included Clara/ Edna/ Leslie

Hospital kids rode the bus and hung out at the rink

This week's Reflections looks at the days of being a young kid with parents at the Alberta Hospital.

The first school bus for children at the Provincial Mental Hospital Ponoka went into service in the 1930s and was upgraded over the years until the big yellow bus driven by John Blyth arrived in the 1950s. Some of the first and neatly dressed students included Clara/ Edna/ Leslie
Reflections honours Larry Hodgson recently inducted into the Wetaskiwin Sports Hall of Fame.

Larry Hodgson honoured for sports achievements

This week's Reflections honours Larry Hodgson and his many years of sports achievements.

Reflections honours Larry Hodgson recently inducted into the Wetaskiwin Sports Hall of Fame.
This is a grand display of the over 150 town and district citizens who took part in  the fun of a wild and woolly beard growing contest in support of the 1961 Ponoka Stampede. Some of the ‘fuzzy faces’ are: Norm Nelson

Wild whiskers salute early Ponoka Stampedes

This week's Reflections looks at the Battle of the Beards in 1940.

This is a grand display of the over 150 town and district citizens who took part in  the fun of a wild and woolly beard growing contest in support of the 1961 Ponoka Stampede. Some of the ‘fuzzy faces’ are: Norm Nelson
Out west of Ponoka in the 1930-40s the Battle River UN Distillery Ltd. likely supplied countless customers with a soothing but potent sample from this very big jug of Muskeg Creek Moon Shine.

Early Alberta hospitality came with strict rules

This week's Reflections looks at growth and welcoming at the turn of the 19th century.

Out west of Ponoka in the 1930-40s the Battle River UN Distillery Ltd. likely supplied countless customers with a soothing but potent sample from this very big jug of Muskeg Creek Moon Shine.
This early 1930s photo shows the front of the Provincial Mental Hospital near Ponoka. On the left are the female 4-5-6 wards

The Provincial Mental Hospital was a total community

This week's Reflections looks at the community of the former Ponoka Mental Hospital.

This early 1930s photo shows the front of the Provincial Mental Hospital near Ponoka. On the left are the female 4-5-6 wards
Thousands of head of sheep roamed freely in the Manito district north east of Ponoka in the early 1900s

The Manito district became famous for its sheep

This week's Reflections looks at Manitou district's fame.

Thousands of head of sheep roamed freely in the Manito district north east of Ponoka in the early 1900s

The early invasion of the telephone lines

This week's Reflections looks at telephone lines back in the day.

The two-story brick staff duplexes at the Provincial Mental Hospital were built in the 1940s

So many fond memories of living on the Alberta Hospital grounds

For those us as children of the many staff families who lived up on the massive grounds there will always be so many fond memories

The two-story brick staff duplexes at the Provincial Mental Hospital were built in the 1940s
A large crowd gathered along 50 Street in Ponoka in August of 1954 to watch a realistic display staged by the local Civil Defense Corp to demonstrate their skills and preparedness in the event of a sudden disaster in our community. The line of stretchers on the street contained the many causalities who had been rescued from the ruins by the civil defense team

Intense 1954 display shows that Ponoka is prepared for disasters

As a part of the gala five day celebration of Ponoka’s 50th Anniversary, the local Civil Defense Corp hosted a very authentic display

A large crowd gathered along 50 Street in Ponoka in August of 1954 to watch a realistic display staged by the local Civil Defense Corp to demonstrate their skills and preparedness in the event of a sudden disaster in our community. The line of stretchers on the street contained the many causalities who had been rescued from the ruins by the civil defense team
In 1986 ‘The Game of Ponoka’ (or Ponok-opoly) was introduced to our town and county by the Rotary Club as a family fun game

Remember Ponoka’s very own version of Monopoly?

No matter what age we may be, have sometime during our lives’ become acquainted with the grand old game of Monopoly.

In 1986 ‘The Game of Ponoka’ (or Ponok-opoly) was introduced to our town and county by the Rotary Club as a family fun game