Trade fair should be a wild wild time

  • Apr. 6, 2011 7:00 a.m.

If you’re feeling up to the challenge


It’s going to be a “bucking” good time at this year’s Ponoka Trade Fair.

The trade fair that features businesses from Ponoka, central Alberta and around the world is saluting the 75th anniversary of the Stampede adopting a “Wild Wild West Round Up” theme.

Ponoka Chamber of Commerce executive manager Lana Johnson expects the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex to be full of vendors and patrons alike.

“We are doing really well. We are down to our final couple of booths,” said Johnson, adding the complex holds around 100 booths.

The trade fair will offer a chance for business owners and the general public to come together and meet but will also offer an entire family experience.

“We have a mechanical bull for rides, face painting and Christie the clown, as well as, raffle tickets available, a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas, and concessions. It’s fun for all ages,” said Johnson.

She said there has been quite a change this year as compared to last year in the vendors who are participating in the trade fair and it should offer something for everyone.

“If you’re building a home or looking to build a home, there will be home builders there and service type agencies. If you’re looking at different possible investments for the future we have a number of investment companies, we have car dealerships coming in so it’s a chance for people to meet.”

The Wild Wild West Round Up will also feature a great lineup of live entertainment. Local children and school groups will sing throughout the evening, Friday, April 8. Saturday, more local artists will take the stage between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Another interesting attraction and new addition is the Battle River High School Rodeo Association members and students from Ponoka Composite High School’s Rodeo Academy will host roping demonstrations throughout the weekend. Children will have the chance to learn from the students who are working under the tutelage of Alex Cripps, former season leader in steer wrestling on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association tour.

Tickets for the trade fair can be purchased at the door with a family pass costing $10.

Just Posted

The Brick Learning Centre celebrates 2019 graduates

The “Good Old Days” continue on

Ponoka senior receives first place writing award for her memoirs

Anne Teeuswen, 88, recognized for “Spending Time With My Memories”

Traffic safety measures during the 2019 Ponoka Stampede

Reduced speed limits and temporary four-way stop start June 22

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Events held around town, Maskwacis

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Ponoka RCMP searching for two missing persons

Last seen in Ponoka June 22, 2019

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Fighter Jets light up Bucs’ to take AFL first place

38-3 loss puts Central Alberta into second place in the AFL

PHOTOS: Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

‘He’s Scamp the Champ, no longer Scamp the Tramp,’ his Californian owner said.

Deals on paid time off for domestic violence ‘beginning of a wave,’ says expert

Philippines was the first country to pay for domestic-violence leave, starting in 2004

Calgary Flames select forward Jakob Pelletier with the No. 26 pick

The 18-year-old winger from Quebec City had spoken with the club earlier in the day and knew they were interested

Central Alberta RCMP constable found not guilty of sexual assault

Justice Grant Dunlop acquitted Const. Jason Tress following a week-long trial in Red Deer Court

Most Read