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President’s Message

President’s Message

On behalf of the Ponoka Stampede board of directors. I would like to welcome everyone to the 72nd annual Ponoka Stampede. We are very pleased to be honouring our Canadian Armed Forces. Brigadier General Kelly L. Woiden, CD, the Deputy Commander Land Force Western Area and Lieutenant (Navy) David Paszek will be leading out parade.

Shuttle a convenient way to move around town

The Ponoka District and Chamber of Commerce is set to shuttle Stampede visitors and residents to all the great events at this year’s Stampede and take visitors to Ponoka’s vibrant downtown.
Wear pink to support breast cancer awareness

Wear pink to support breast cancer awareness

Spectators at the Ponoka Stampede will see something spectacular on June 29. In addition to the horses, cowboys and chuckwagons there will hopefully be a whole arena of support. The Ponoka Stampede Association has declared June 29 Wranglers Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day to enhance breast cancer awareness and everyone that comes out is encouraged to wear pink.
Active volunteer Stampede’s honorary president

Active volunteer Stampede’s honorary president

he Ponoka Stampede Association has a notable woman in the community. Laura Wierzba, an active volunteer in the community, will be the honorary president for the Ponoka Stampede and the first woman to have this title.
Yellowbird comes home

Yellowbird comes home

Shane Yellowbird grew up in Hobbema, a short 15 minute ride from Ponoka, went to school in Ponoka, played hockey here and rodeoed here. A lot has changed for the rising country star as he recently played in New York City rubbing elbows with some of New York’s finest.
Musicians from Ponoka Elementary, Diamond Willow Middle School and Ponoka Composite High School practice for concert

Musicians from Ponoka Elementary, Diamond Willow Middle School and Ponoka Composite High School practice for concert

Musicians from Ponoka Elementary, Diamond Willow Middle School and Ponoka Composite High School have been practicing every week in preparation for their final concert on June 11 at DWMS gym at 7:30 p.m. The beginner band consists of; back row left to right: Courtney Chesterman, Kailee Chesterman, Ian Bateman, Hailey Boser. Front row left to right: Hannah Louis, Brynne Louis, Mckenna Christensen, Emily Lehr, Alex Lund.

Perogy lunch sets record

By Eraina Hooyer Staff Reporter The Ponoka Outreach School reached new heights with their annual perogy lunch on June 4 raising approximately $1,500 for their scholarship fund and award. Students, staff, parents and grandparents lent a hand to make the lunch a success and cooked up and served perogies, sausages and drinks. Principal Lawrence Hyrcan was excited about the support demonstrated by the community. “It was an excellent turnout,” said Hyrcan.

St.A’s on a magic carpet ride

St.Augustine School has come together to produce a funny and entertaining version of Aladdin for audiences to enjoy. Lori Kirchner and Pamela Radchenko direct the play with 35 students involved from Grade 7 to 12.
School concert

School concert

SUBMITTED Various talented students from Ponoka Elementary, Diamond Willow Middle School and Ponoka Composite High School have been practicing every week in preparation for their final concert. They have played on various occasion and their last concert of the year will be on June 11 at DWMS gym at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to the concert, which will feature Elvis Presley and the Big Band Sound.
Ponoka is starting to laugh

Ponoka is starting to laugh

It is often said that laughter is the best medicine and now Ponoka residents can experience this first hand. Laughter is fun and easy and a new laughter yoga class, through the community Klaglahachie program, is teaching people how to let loose.