Ponoka bracing for major curling party

Ponoka's largest curling bonspiel gets bigger when it begins next week

With less than a week left before the first stone hits the house, there is still some work to be done on Ponoka’s largest curling event.

Bruce Clarke, president of the Ponoka Curling Club, explained plans are well underway for the Phase 3 Electric Town and Country Bonspiel slated to run Jan. 19 to 23 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex.

“We hope to get 25 men’s teams and as this is the first year we have included a ladies’ division, we are hoping to attract eight ladies rinks,” stated Clarke.

All of the weekday draws will run at 6 and 8:30 p.m. with the finals slated for Saturday.

As it is the club’s biggest event of the season, Clarke added they still have space for a few more businesses to add their names to the list of sponsors.

“We’re still looking for more, but so far the businesses in town have been very supportive of the event,” he said.

In addition to the exciting curling action set for the week, curlers along with the spectators for a small cost can come and enjoy some great food as they watch the rocks and rolls on the sheets.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 will see chili on a bun served courtesy of sponsors Bob Hepp Catering and the Ponoka Legion, followed on Thursday, Jan. 21 with a full course dinner through the Ponoka Curling Club’s corporate sponsors Ponoka Co-Op Oils, McKelvie Feedlot, Quality Paint & Collision, Almita Piling, Sommer Home Hardware, United Cycle Edmonton, Classic Granite Works, Don Pederson Construction and Ponoka Chrysler Jeep Dodge.

On Friday night, Jan.22, the feature is beef on a bun courtesy Ponoka Fertilizer, while Saturday’s (Jan.23) wind-up banquet is sponsored by the Ponoka Curling Club.

Clarke also stated that any teams still interested in participating in the Town and Country Bonspiel can call him at 403-963-5442 to register.