Remember when: 1949

Curling became popular in Ponoka and districts in the mid-1920s, with the first rink located in the area where the Drop-In Centre

1949 local curling rink

1949 local curling rink

Curling became popular in Ponoka and districts in the mid-1920s, with the first rink located in the area where the Drop-In Centre is now located.

From the mid-1930s and on, all age groups tried their hand at the slippery game, with regular curling nights featured during the week, and fun bonspiels on the weekend, some attracting so many rinks that they were later hosted in the new Ponoka Arena.

This 1949 local curling rink included bright overhead lighting, a wooden walkway between sheets for spectators, cans on the posts to serve as ashtrays, and of course those good old corn brooms, keen competition, and always lots of lively hot chocolate after the games.