Vintage Bike rally rolling into town

Ponoka’s 13th annual Vintage Bike Rally takes place on the July 24 weekend at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds.

By Adam Eisenbarth

Some love the old hot rods, some love the futuristic cars but for some, the motorbike has always been the way to go.

Ponoka’s 13th annual Vintage Bike Rally takes place on the July 24 weekend at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds.

“We’re just like the old car guys but we love motorbikes,” says Skinny La Bine of Ponoka. “It’s a lot of fun. Everyone’s relaxed and it’s just a really good time.”

The event will open with $50 registry and a chili supper. The $50 will cover meals and the band on the weekend.

If you’re thinking of registering, the weekend is not restricted to vintage bike owners, with all makes and models welcome to join in.

Vintage bikes are 25 year or older and most are still in great shape and are an interesting sight to see, says La Bine.

“It’s pretty amazing. You just wonder how guys keep these things running. Parts are getting harder to find. One year we had a 1913 Russian bike. It just makes you wonder how that thing got to Ponoka.”

The Parade of Power, as it has become known, is a popular event where the riders take a tour of Ponoka, lead by Mayor Larry Henkelman on his motorcycle.

Saturday is packed with activities including the Show ‘n’ Shine that includes everything from “mopeds to Goldwings.”

The day will also include the bike rodeo with all sorts of bike games and fun activities providing entertainment for the bikers and viewers. The bike rodeo includes many fun events including obstacle courses and other interesting games that make for quite a show. La Bine says the only way to really understand the rodeo is to come and watch.

“It’s hard to explain some of the events, you just have to come and see for yourself.” The rodeo is free to view.

Saturday will also have a swap meet, a Canadian Vintage Motor challenge and a Poker Run. That evening there will be a dance featuring an outstanding blues band, Tacoy Ryde.

On Sunday there will be a buffet breakfast and more bike games to take in. Show ‘n Shine awards and door prizes will be handed out to conclude the rally.

Free camping and showers will be available all weekend for this fun-filled event.