The 2019 Ponoka Agricultural Society is returning an event to its roots with the Bench Show making its return this month. File photo

The 2019 Ponoka Agricultural Society is returning an event to its roots with the Bench Show making its return this month. File photo

Ponoka Ag Society set to host annual Bench Show

Showcase of all things agricultural along with other arts and crafts

A staple event in Ponoka is back and hoping to be better than ever.

The Ponoka Agricultural Society’s annual Bench Show will run Aug. 16 and 17 at the Royal Canadian Legion auditorium on its regular weekend.

Entrants can register their work in one of the hundreds of categories on either Aug. 15 between 5 and 8 p.m. or Aug. 16 from 8 to 11 a.m..

The public can take in the free viewing of pieces ranging from photography to vegetables to paints along with fruits, flowers and baking on Aug. 16 starting at 6 p.m. and running until 8.

Viewing is also available Aug. 17 from 9:30 a.m. t0 4:30 p.m. That day will also feature an afternoon tea (coffee) service and various treats, courtesy of a donation, going from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The show will close things out with the presentation of the awards at 4 p.m.

Garden tour

As has been the case for many years, the society is offering up a free bus tour of the entries in the annual Rural and Urban Landscaping and Vegetable Garden contest.

With the judging completed earlier this month, this gives the public an opportunity to check out the wide variety of the garden landscapes the area has to offer.

The bus will have two departure times from the legion, the first at 10 a.m. and then again at 1 p.m. Those interested should contact Janet at (403) 704-6119 to ensure a seat.

Also, the society is sponsoring a community church service for Aug. 18 at the Ponoka Curling Club beginning at 10 a.m.

More information on the Bench Show can be found at www.ponokaagsociety.ca or on their Facebook page.