CHARLES TWEED/Ponoka News
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.