After two long years of waiting, the Ponoka Stampede kicks off today! (June 27, 2022) This week, there will be tons of exciting things to check out until July 3rd.
Throughout the week, countless rodeo events, markets, dances, live performers and other events will be happening at the Ponoka Stampede.
Here's a brief look at some of the most popular events:
West Coast Amusements Midway
On Tuesday, June 28 the West Coast Amusements Midway opens every day thereafter starting at 12:30PM. It will also be the stampede’s Senior’s Day.
Kid's Day and the Parade
Thursday, June 30th will be Kid’s Day at the Stampede which will kick off with the Downtown Parade at 10:00 AM. Sunny will also be in the parade! Be sure to be on the lookout to enter our Ram Truck give-away throughout the stampede.
On Friday, July 1st, the Town of Ponoka and the Ponoka Stampede have partnered to host fireworks on Canada Day. The show will be staged at the Ponoka Stampede grounds and will be visible throughout the community. The fireworks will begin at 10:45 PM.
In part with National Indigenous History Month, the Town of Ponoka, the Ponoka Stampede Association, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and the Montana First Nation are happy to present Tipi Village in Ponoka on June 27 – July 3 from 12 – 6 p.m. daily.
During Stampede week, multiple tipis, food trucks and an Indigenous craft market will be set-up in the ball diamonds behind the Ponoka Arena Complex (4410 54 Street). Visitors will have the opportunity to journey through and explore each of the tipis, while experiencing Indigenous storytelling, artwork, cuisine and culture.
In the spirit of reconciliation, Tipi Village events each day will include (weather dependent):
- 12 – 1 p.m. Opening remarks and protocol
- 1 – 3 p.m. A Pow Wow showcase featuring traditional drumming, singing and dancing
- 3 – 4 p.m. Elders greetings from neighbouring Indigenous nations.
“The Town of Ponoka is very excited to be hosting the Tipi Village event in our community during the week of Stampede. June is National Indigenous History Month and this event is a great opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture and traditions,” said Mayor Kevin Ferguson.
The Tipi Village will kick off with an opening ceremony on Monday, June 27 at 12 p.m. with a Pow Wow showcase, remarks from neighbouring Indigenous nations and a Council representative from the Town of Ponoka.
There is no entry fee to attend Tipi Village and free parking will be available at the Ponoka Arena Complex.
For a full look at the Ponoka Stampede events, click here.