Deklen White tries his hand at the archery demonstration Sept. 2 during the Ponoka Fish and Game Rifleman’s Rodeo weekend. Scott Rarick, archery chair watches on. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Fish and Game’s Rifleman’s Rodeo hits the 50 year mark

There was much to celebrate at Ponoka Fish and Game’s annual Rifleman’s Rodeo

After 50 years of action, the Ponoka Fish and Game’s Rifleman’s Rodeo show no sign of slowing down.

The active board and membership held a fun Labour Day weekend at the organization’s Lake Pofianga during fun and exciting event.

Not only did the best sharpshooters in the membership attend but also fun activities such as archery and a simulated fishing program were available to try out.

Rifleman’s Rodeo chairperson, Todd Nabozniak said he has been coming to Lake Pofianga most of his life and the event is an exciting one.

Membership goes as far as Cold Lake and Lethbridge and the weekend is a fun one for families. The relationship the organization has with its neighbours is positive.

“I think it goes back to the original members,” explained Nabozniak of the positive experience.

“Some of the first people that ran this shoot, they set up more of a community atmosphere,” he added. “And we try to keep everything local.”

The goal is to represent the area and the supporting communities. “We’ve always engaged in the community as a club.”

For the rodeo itself there was a balloon shoot as well as challenges to hit several different targets from different distances.

Ponoka Fish and Game president Evelyne Huseby was pleased to see many of the original founding members in attendance. The association handed out special awards for those original members.

“Those people were the pioneers to the event,” said Huseby.

She added her pride in seeing such strong support from the community.

Full results of the rodeo will be submitted in next week’s edition of Ponoka News.

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One of the fun additions during the Ponoka Fish and Game weekend was this fun fishing simulator complete with a motorized reel and line. Here Aaron Arndt looks to make a catch.

One of the targets used at the Rifleman’s Rodeo rests along a fence while a member tries his sharpshooter skills.

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