This year’s infield acts at the Ponoka Stampede

Niki Flundra, CrAsh Cooper return, hoop dancing added

The Ponoka Stampede will again feature some interesting, as well as familiar, acts as part of the rodeo performance entertainment package.

Infield acts

Niki Flundra

One of the biggest thrills for 2019 will come courtesy of a performer who has been in Ponoka before.

Niki Flundra and her amazing horses will be back on the Ponoka Stampede grounds for the first time since 2015 as the showcase infield act this year.

Flundra and her live show will make the trek from Pincher Creek to perform her famous trick riding act in addition to showcasing the work her horses can do, much of which can be seen various television shows and movies.

Her great work has been witnessed across the continent including several appearances at the NFR in Las Vegas as well as in Australia. She’s also won the CPRA specialty act of the year eight times.

Maskwacis First Nation hoop dancers

Experience a family of hoop dancers.Leroy, Ayla and Leroy Bull Jr. of the Maskwacis First Nation will perform at the Ponoka Stampede on June 29 and 30 at 12:30 p. before the start of the pro rodeo performance.

CrAsh Cooper rodeo clown

There is never a dull moment when the great entertainer “CrAsh Cooper” is running around the infield, combining his unique humour and comedic timing with some clowning around antics.

His puns, quips and wisecracks are often pointed at the tremendous rodeo announcers Dr. Lynn Phillips and Canada’s famous rodeo voice Les McIntyre, who are back again to describe all the action.

They will be joined by two familiar voices and faces: former Miss Rodeo Canada Katy Lucas and Ponoka’s own Gary Gross, who will each have special duties throughout the week.

West Coast Amusements midway

West Coast Amusements will be back with some wild and exciting rides along with a few other entertaining attractions for everyone.

The rides, carnival games and the always popular food selections will be set up and ready on the Stampede grounds June 26 until July 1, starting daily at 12:30 p.m. and running until closing time.

The midway will again showcase about 25 rides, from those perfect for kids to ones that help people reach new heights.

Meanwhile, the food vendors will include the delicious mini-donuts and corn dogs in addition to more adventurous options.

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The Maskwacis Bull family hoop dancers. Photo submitted

CrAsh Cooper is a crowd-favourite at the Ponoka Stampede with his quick whit and jokes to accompany rodeo announcer Dr. Lynn Phillips. File photo

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