Here comes those hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer

This week's Hammertime looks at the fun and lazy days of summer.

There will always be lots of pretzels and beer, but unfortunately no more drive-in movies, but what the heck, summer is here, and hopefully we can all look forward to lots of quality time together in the sun, sand and a few cool evening showers.

Before our precious students from grades 1 to 12 can let loose, it is now ‘eyes down’ for their final exams after lots of cramming; but once the report cards have been discussed around the kitchen table and tucked away in the ‘forget me’ file after June 30, that sizzling summer madness can roar into full swing. For most, the next two months of freedom will include late nights, sleep-ins and hanging out with buddies while for many, there will also be all sorts of summer camps, a family holiday, or even a part-time job to make a little money for leisure events or to save for their next adventure at college or trade schools come September.

Welcome to the Stampede

About the same time that the Ponoka News hits the streets this week, the stores and the streets will be decorated and the ‘tent and trailer’ town will be setting up in and around the Stampede grounds on every dry green space that can be found. Just like it has been over the past 80 years, our town and county of Ponoka and Stampede Association will put out the welcome mat for thousands of visitors from near and far for seven rip-roaring days and nights of family fun and hospitality, both up on the grounds and around our great community. Please take time to visit our friendly businesses, clubs, and attractions, pop into the complex for the art and gift show and the farmer’s market, and play a round or two on the best golf courses in the province. When you need a casual break for a picnic, drop over to the Ponoka Lions’ Centennial Park, where the family can enjoy our colorful history at the Fort Ostell Museum, let the kids check out the neat new playground and get soaked in the Splash Park or try a game of mini-golf. The Calnash Ag-Event Centre along Highway 2A is once again hosting the blazing action of the Canadian Mounted Shooters and the Stampede Team Roping, and then just head up stairs and browse through the Rodeo Hall of Fame.

If your tummy is moaning in the morning, the free pancake breakfasts this time around will include: ATB Outlaw Roundup and Breakfast June 29, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion and the Alberta Cattlemen’s Pancake breakfast and Cowboy Church on Sunday, July 3 at 8 a.m. in front of the big grandstand. There is also Hammy’s annual July 1 BBQ in the IGA parking lot at 11 a.m., the Chick’s for Charity Champagne Breakfast at the Stagecoach Saloon on Saturday, July 2 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the day when we all need to be ‘tough enough to wear pink’ in support of cancer research.

If you and your sidekicks are heading out to the Friday and Saturday beer gardens or other social events, please make sure to take along a designated hombre to do the driving, because the Sheriff and his Posse will be watching. Whether you are shaking in your boots through the oohs and aahs on the midway, cheering for all the great rodeo action/pony and chuckwagon racing and super entertainment in front of the grandstands, or taking in the friendly atmosphere around our community, there will be lots to do during this gala 80th Ponoka Stampede week. Whatever the case, please play safe and throughout your travels watch out for all those hundreds of other big and little compokes having a good time. Along the way, wherever we wander, it is always a good idea to take along some sun-tan lotion and bug spray, your comfy seat cushion, and maybe some rain gear… just in case, then go ahead and have a rip-roaring week (at your speed) all of you.

 

Just Posted

Rollovers near Ponoka keep crews busy

Wintry road conditions proved a struggle for motorists on the QE2 highway with several incidents

Plane crash-lands near Ponoka

The airplane had its tail ripped off and it ended right side up in a copse of trees east of Ponoka

Ponoka barrel racer looks to strong future

Shayna Weir’s climb to CFR promises more to come for the barrel racer

Naked man arrested for impaired driving

The man allegedly fled the scene of a collision wearing only a sheet. Plus other Ponoka RCMP briefs

Ponoka Legion commemorates 100th anniversary of Armistice Day

Ponoka residents pack Legion hall during Remembrance Day

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Don’t sign USMCA until LGBTQ language excised, U.S. lawmakers urge Trump

The trade agreement, forged after 13 months of tense negotiations between Canada and the U.S. is scheduled for Nov. 30

US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters that ‘the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity.’

Castor, Forestburg, coal workers get $257,644 to transition to low-carbon economy

Two transition centres will serve seven communities in the Battler River Region

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

PHOTO: Ponoka Stampede new suites construction begins

The Ponoka Stampede Wild West Suites construction has begun

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Most Read