Miss Ponoka Stampede Naomi Akkermans takes in the view from one of the Wild West Suites, including the rough stock bucking chutes. Photos by Emily Jaycox

“Steady stream” of visitors check out the Wild West Grandstand and Rooftop

Public open house well-attended

The Ponoka Stampede Association (PSA) held its public open house for the Wild West Grandstand and Rooftop on June 22. The event welcomed the public as well as past and present ticket holders.

Miss Ponoka Stampede Naomi Akkermans was present to give a royal welcome, answer questions and give tours. Akkermans says there was a “steady stream” of visitors throughout the afternoon.

PSA director Terry Jones was at the grill estimated over 500 visitors had come through by 3 p.m.

The Wild West grandstand features 16 private infield suites with covered seating for 20 people, with a private bar, elevator and personalized service.

The rooftop has seating for 150 with a total capacity of 300 and also has multiple food and bar options.


Over 500 people were estimated to come through the public open house of the Wild West Grandstand and Rooftop on June 22.

Miss Ponoka Stampede Naomi Akkermans poses for a photo on a mid-level of the Wild West Suites.

Suite No. 12, being renting by the Vold and Labrie families. The rooms can be customized to those renting them.

Also new this year is the Stampede’s jumbotron screen, which was running footage during the open house to showcase how the screen will enhance ticket holders’ rodeo experience.

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