Ponoka Ag Society gearing up for home, hobby show

Crafters and growers of all ages are excited for this year’s Home, Hobby and Horticultural show

The Ponoka Agricultural Society is excited for this year’s Home, Hobby and Horticulture Show, which is scheduled for August 11 to 12 at the Ponoka Legion.

This year’s fair has embraced the Canada 150 and 100 Years of 4-H in Alberta theme by hosting many theme-specific classes in various divisions. However, to promote creativity the entrant can decide what the theme means to them.

For some ideas: Maybe it’s highlighting specific colours, or designs; it’s up to you! That’s the great thing about the Home, Hobby and Horticulture Show; creativity and individuality is always encouraged.

Along with a new theme there are some other exciting additions to this year’s fair.

For the first time ever the Ponoka Ag Society is proud to sponsor a garden bus tour. This tour will depart from the Ponoka Legion and will offer community members – especially seniors – who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit local gardens a chance to do so.

The tour is free, but space is limited so if you are interested please call Janet Hatala at (403) 704-6119 to reserve a spot on the bus.

The Ponoka Ag Society is also pleased again to offer free admission to the fair.

This means that folks can come and see what their neighbours and friends have entered into the fair without having to worry about a gate admission. There will also be a kids’ art table hosted by the Ponoka Art Club so the little ones have a fun creative activity.

There are dozens of divisions with hundreds of classes to enter. If you can grow it or create it there’s probably a class for it.

Everything from soap making to selfies to stalks of grain. There are even special classes just for kids like Lego and veggie critters.

More information on the different divisions, classes and how to enter the fair can be gotten by picking up a Home, Hobby and Horticulture Show booklet.

Booklets can be found at various locations in Ponoka: The Calnash Ag Event Centre, Busted Ladies Lingerie, Dot’s Crafts and UFA to name a few or even Ponoka News. They can also be found online at www.ponokaagsociety.ca.

If interested in entering into the fair, items can be registered Thursday, August 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 11 from 8 to 11 a.m. The Home, Hobby &Horticulture Show is closed Friday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. for judging, but then opens to the public for viewing after 6 p.m. and again Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The award ceremony takes place at 4 p.m.

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