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Ponoka Stampede: One of the world’s largest rodeos

80,000 fans, 800 volunteers, $800,000 in payouts
Cody Cassidy readies himself for landing this steer during his Canada Day finals run at the Ponoka Stampede. See page 5 for more local rodeo results and photos. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

One of Ponoka’s signature events — although cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19 — is the Ponoka Stampede.

The Ponoka Stampede is one of the world’s largest rodeos for payouts, and it features the largest single-day bull-riding event in the world.

The event has 80,000 fans, more than 80 years of history, and $800,000 in prize money.

Organizers are vowing to hold the rodeo once again in 2021. For more information when planning your future trip, check this website.

Young cowboys and cowgirls try their luck on this rodeo dummy in a Rodeo Challenge-themed float in the Ponoka Stampede parade. The Ponoka Stampede is one of the largest rodeos in the world. (Black Press Media file photo)