I came to Ponoka with three friends to take in the Stampede experience. We wanted to make a day of it so we had tickets to both the afternoon and evening events plus the concert. After the afternoon event it was quite chilly outside so we decided to go to a local restaurant to have a meal and prepare for the evening to come.
Upon being seated in the restaurant we were informed that we had to hurry up and order so we could leave as there were other people waiting for our table. I cannot believe the attitude of the people who own this establishment. We had just sat down, not even ordered any refreshments let alone looked at the menu and we were being told to hurry up and leave. There were three people waiting to be seated after our arrival.
This certainly did not give any of us a good impression of the businesses in the Town Of Ponoka. The expense of going to your Stampede for a full day comes to quite an amount when you consider the cost of travel and everything that goes along with having a fun filled experience, so to be treated with this kind of attitude was really insulting.
We read an article in your paper titled ‘Ponoka Stampede is only successful with the whole town’s support’ and thought we should comment on the fact that if this is how the businesses in town support your stampede you will not find any of us in any hurry to return for the next one.