3 MILE LONG PARADE - "80 Years of Stampede Legends"

Thursday, June 30th
Over 10,000 spectators take in the 3-Mile Long Parade - "80 years of Stampede Legends" - in downtown Ponoka to kick off the Ponoka Stampede. Experience the magic and creativity of the community when organizations, clubs, teams and dignitaries parade the streets of Ponoka with over 150 floats. Our heritage, culture and tradition are displayed with the elaborate parade floats, popular mascots, classic cars, marching bands, clowns and more.

Download the 2016 Ponoka Stampede Parade Application


June 27, June 29, June 30, July 1
There's no better way to cap off your day at the Ponoka Stampede then to experience a spectacular celebration in the sky. The vibrant blazing fireworks show will take place at dark.


The Ponoka Stampede Star Talent Show auditions are set for May 24 & 25th, 2016 beginning at 7 pm in the Stagecoach Saloon. Contestants from around the area aim to impress the judges (Abby White, Dave Gilmore & Bobby Wills ) with their singing ability. The top ten performers will advance to perform LIVE on stage with a full band during the Ponoka Stampede. This year's prizes are choice of a one day recording session at MCC Recording Studio in Calgary courtesy of Dave Temple (value $1000.00); and a song writing and mentoring session with Bobby Wills OR a $3000.00 guitar courtesy of Gilmore Guitars in Red Deer (Dave Gilmore) and the Ponoka Stampede. Entries limited so call early! Contact Karen (403) 783-3989 for more information.


Mix, mingle or dance the night away at Ponoka's biggest beer garden dance of the year. Don't miss the Ponoka Stampede Beer Gardens and Downtown Dance, Friday July 1st and Saturday July 2nd at the Arena Complex. Enjoy the largest dance floor in Ponoka with LIVE entertainment.

Purchase your beer gardens and dance tickets by calling Ticket Office Hotline 403-783-0100 or purchase them at the door.

Tickets are $15.00 - *Must be 18 years of age and have 2 pieces of valid government photo identification


The Stagecoach and Longscore Saloons are open everyday of the Ponoka Stampede and is located in the Main Grandstand. Both Saloons have LIVE rodeo action on Bigscreen TV's. Enjoy an ice cold Budweiser with your friends, catch some shade between performances or simply grab a seat and rest your feet. The Stagecoach Saloon features several nights of LIVE entertainment and is open daily 12:30pm - 2:30am.


Take a ride on Canada's Largest Travelling Midway. West Coast Amusements (www.westcoastamusements.com) features over 25 rides at the Ponoka Stampede. From the slow and easy to the twisty, high and crazy, there is something for absolutely everyone in the family to enjoy.

Indulge in a bag of those delicious hot mini donuts, a fresh dipped corn dog or a bucket of fully loaded French fries. One of the biggest hidden treasures at the Ponoka Stampede is the "Hot Chihuahua Mexican Grill" located on the midway, serving the freshest and best Mexican Food.

All day midway armbands can be purchased before June 27th at Hamilton's IGA in Ponoka for $27+GST or on site at the West Coast Amusements midway ticket booths for $38+GST.

Hamilton's IGA
4502-50th st
Ponoka, AB
(403)783-3001 Midway Hours: June 28th- July 3 Midway opens at 12:30pm

*No refunds or rainchecks. Please be advised some rides and attractions may not operate in rain and high winds.


Visit the Ponoka Farmer's Market at the Arena Complex. This local Farmer's Market features over 85 vendors selling fresh local agricultural produce, delicious home baked goods, handmade crafts, food and entertainment.


Download the 6th Annual Western Art Auction Application Form

The Ponoka Stampede Western Art and Gift Show is host to over 30 exhibitors. Come meet the artists in a laid back, small town atmosphere and admire their unique talents in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, bronze, photography, wood, leather, silver, glass, gems, etc. We recognize there are many different ways to express personal creativity and respect and consider all mediums and techniques of making art that aims to connect rodeo, the arts and the western lifestyle. We strive to exhibit artwork by both established and developing artists and artisans and encourage their growth by putting on a quality show. We are located in the arena complex north across the highway from the Stampede Grandstand July 1-3 2016 (10:00am- 6:30pm)
The 2017 Ponoka Stampede poster comes to us from artist Andrew Kiss of Calgary, and features legendary Ponoka cowboy Bud Butterfield. Bud Butterfield dominated the steer wrestling event in Canada starting in 1956, winning two Ponoka Stampede titles, four Calgary Stampede titles, and an amazing six Canadian steer wrestling titles, including an incredible string of three in a row from 1958-1960.

Bud helped establish the Butterfield name as being synonymous with rodeo in Canada, and helped the Ponoka Stampede become one of the world’s leading rodeos. Bud has been inducted into the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and received the Calgary Stampede Pioneers of Rodeo award. Bud continues to be an active part of the Ponoka Stampede family.

This is your chance to own a piece of the Ponoka Stampede’s history. A limited edition of 85 prints have been produced and are being offered for sale for $100.00 plus GST each, and the original artwork will be up for sale at the Ponoka Stampede Art Auction. Prints will be on sale starting December 12, 2016 at the Jones Boys Saddlery locations in Ponoka or Red Deer, or through the rodeo office at (403) 783-3120.

Debbie Reynolds ponokastampedeags@gmail.com

The original Ponoka Stampede 80th Anniversary painting will go up for live auction at 4 pm on July 1st, 2016 in the Stagecoach Saloon. The 6th annual Ponoka Stampede Live Western Art Auction consists of twenty original works of fine art and craftsmanship from oil painting to woodwork, silversmith, leatherwork, bronze etc.

This year's participating artists are:

Kim Penner, Kim Penner Equine Art, www.kimpenner.com
Dee Butterfield, Butterfield Performance Quarter Horses, www.deebutterfield.com
Gaile Gallup, www.gailegallup.com
Paige Albrecht, Paige Albrecht Fine Art, www.paigealbrecht.com
Peter Swales, Peter Swales Custom Leather & Silverwork
Katherine Ellison-McKelvie, kathyellisonmckelvie.com
Bruce Koch, Kochhaus.brucekochcanada.com
Shane Yellowbird, The Official Shane Yellowbird Fan Page
Linda Stewart, www.lindastewart.ca
Nancy Dougherty
Shelagh Blatz, Designs by Shelagh, designsbyshelagh.com
Inge Sybrandi, Inge Sybrandi. Fine Art and Custom Framing, www.ingesybrandi.com
Henri deGroot
Wicked Willow Beds, Wicked Willow Beds by Beau, www.wickedwillowbeds.com
Jan Walker-Roenisch
Wild West Gallery, wildwestgallery.ca
Ashley Akkermans, Art by Ashley Akkermans
Ash Cooper, CrAsh Cooper Fan Page, www.crashcooper.com
Dr. Lynn & Dee Butterfield