Capturing the theme for the Stampede parade and business decoration competition was up the right alley for a number of entrants this year.
The theme – 80 years of Stampede Legends – put the history of the annual Ponoka Stampede at the forefront for both events and, as it turned out, they were pretty successful.
In the business decoration competition, which saw many local businesses participate in the six categories, the top prize of best overall – along with the award for best interior – went to Wy-Co Alcohol and Drug Testing for their western-themed feature wall.
The best window was won by the Ponoka News with a Stampede legends photo display, the best exterior award going to Sommers Home Hardware, while the Ponoka CIBC branch won for being closest to the theme.
Ponoka Eye Care took the other two awards for best dressed staff and best comedy.
For the annual parade, which went on Thursday, June 30, it was the float from the Ponoka branch of the Royal Canadian Legion that won the best overall entry honours to go along with a first place ribbon in the non-professional category.
Other winners included: Professional – Servus Credit Union; Non-commercial – Maskwacis Health Services; Mounted – Norma and Sean Lovell; 4H – Crestomere 4H Club; Heavy Hitch – Supreme International; Light Horse Hitch – Bobtail Nursery; Antique – Bill Drummond; Decorated vehicles – The Gentleman Plumbers; Sports and Recreation – Maskwacis Thunder fastball team; Children – Doornewaard family; Best Marching Band – Red Deer Royals; Best non-marching band – The Cats and the Fiddlers; Towns, Cities, Villages – Westerner Park; Complementary – McDonalds.