The Ponoka Stampede’s board of directors is inviting the public, as well as past and present ticket holders, to an open house for the Stampede’s new Wild West Grandstand and Rooftop Saturday, June 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Ponoka Stampede Association (PSA) is very excited for the grand opening of the suites, this being the inaugural year, says PSA president Bruce Harbin.
“The whole community is welcome,” he said.
On the ground level, there will be a free, family-friendly barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks.
For adults who feel like kicking back, beer will be available for sale at the bar located on the top floor. Grab a cool one and take in the views from the Wild West roof top.
All are invited to take a look at the one or two suites that will be open for public viewing.
In the timed-event area, the PSA’s new 16 by 48 foot mega screen will be up and running with some footage during the open house to showcase how the screen will enhance the rodeo.
Harbin says now with the Wild West Suites, an elite entertainment line up, world champion stock and world champion cowboys and cowgirls that “the best of them will be here at Ponoka.”
The suites project was announced at the PSA’s tarp auction in May, 2018.
Construction started right after the 2018 Stampede concluded.
The Wild West Suites are a set of new, luxury corporate suites with stands above, located on the southwest side of the Stampede grounds, with clear views of the bucking chutes.
The rooftop has seating for 150 people with a total capacity of 300 people along with 16 suites.