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L-R: Miss Rodeo Stavely Jasmine Dahl, Miss Strathmore Stampede Martina Holtkamp, Miss Rodeo Canada Jayden Calvert and Miss Ponoka Stampede Mackenzie Skeels. (Janaia Hutzal/For Ponoka News)

PHOTOS: The best snapshots from the 2022 Ponoka Stampede

Highlights from the 86th annual Ponoka Stampede, held June 27 to July 3

Lonnie West of Cadogan rides for 93.25 points aboard Hard Not to Get during the Ponoka Stampede Showdown finals. (Kevin Sabo/Black Press News Media)

PHOTOS: Ponoka Stampede Showdown wrap up

The Ponoka Stampede wrapped on July 3 with their always popular showdown.…

Morgan Grant of Didsbury, Alta. has a time of 14.0 in the steer wrestling. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTOS: DAY 5 of the Ponoka Stampede

Women’s ranch bronc riders show what a cowgirl can do

  • Jul 1, 2022
Morgan Grant of Didsbury, Alta. has a time of 14.0 in the steer wrestling. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
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Night 3 of chuckwagon action at the Ponoka Stampede

Chucks recap and more kids day photos from June 30

  • Jul 1, 2022
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The Ponoka Stampede returns after two years absence

In a little over a month the stampede atmosphere is going to…

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(Top, L-R) Brooke Wilkie, Kara Wilkie, Katie Eggleston, Paisley Bamford, Kierra Smith, and Rachel Seale. (Bottom, L-R) Kiali Blumhagen, Nola Fuller, Mya Prehn, and Julie Richardson. (Photo submitted)

South-West Central Wildfire win gold at nationals

First-year coach leads team to big win

  • May 30, 2022
(Top, L-R) Brooke Wilkie, Kara Wilkie, Katie Eggleston, Paisley Bamford, Kierra Smith, and Rachel Seale. (Bottom, L-R) Kiali Blumhagen, Nola Fuller, Mya Prehn, and Julie Richardson. (Photo submitted)
(Top, L-R) Brooke Wilkie, Kara Wilkie, Katie Eggleston, Paisley Bamford, Kierra Smith, and Rachel Seale. (Bottom, L-R) Kiali Blumhagen, Nola Fuller, Mya Prehn, and Julie Richardson. (Photo submitted)

South-West Central Wildfire win gold at nationals

First-year coach leads team to big win

  • May 30, 2022
(Top, L-R) Brooke Wilkie, Kara Wilkie, Katie Eggleston, Paisley Bamford, Kierra Smith, and Rachel Seale. (Bottom, L-R) Kiali Blumhagen, Nola Fuller, Mya Prehn, and Julie Richardson. (Photo submitted)
Steel Wheel Stampede returns for the 13th year in June. (File photo)

Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede returning for 13th edition in June

Rodeo action is just days away from returning to the Town of…

Steel Wheel Stampede returns for the 13th year in June. (File photo)
Loren Jacobs starts on hole 1 at the Country 9 Golf Club. (File photo)

Bashaw golf courses getting into swing of season

By Sam Donnelly For the Bashaw Star Bashaw-area golf courses are looking…

  • May 6, 2022
Loren Jacobs starts on hole 1 at the Country 9 Golf Club. (File photo)
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Bashaw bunnock tournament returning this year

By Sam Donnelly For the Bashaw Star The Bashaw Curling Club will…

  • Apr 13, 2022
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Carly Letourneau at Precision Gymnastics. (Shaela Dansereau)

Wetaskiwin gymnast competes on home soil

17-year-old Carly Letourneau is set on being the first gymnast in the Wetaskiwin Hall of Fame

Carly Letourneau at Precision Gymnastics. (Shaela Dansereau)
Wetaskiwin U15 Ice Queens at the Falun Female Frozen Challenge in December 2021. (Submitted)

Wetaskiwin U15 Ice Queens finish season at Provincials

The female hockey team won gold at Edmonton Minor Hockey Week and league playoffs this year

Wetaskiwin U15 Ice Queens at the Falun Female Frozen Challenge in December 2021. (Submitted)
Maddison Pearman skates in the 1500m during the ISU speed skating World Cup at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, AB on December 12, 2021. (Photo by Dave Holland/Speed Skating Canada)

Ponoka’s Maddison Pearman finishes 26th in Women’s 1,000 metres final at Olympics

Central Alberta speedskater Maddison Pearman finished 26th in the women’s 1,000-metre race…

Maddison Pearman skates in the 1500m during the ISU speed skating World Cup at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, AB on December 12, 2021. (Photo by Dave Holland/Speed Skating Canada)
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Team Jigger brings sledge hockey to Lacombe

The program hopes to reach as many Central Albertans as possible

  • Jan 19, 2022
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Running back Elliot Wyse of the Lacombe Rams was named the high school football city league rookie of the year as the league handed out year-end awards earlier this month. (Advocate file photo)

Central Alberta high school football leagues hand out year-end awards

With the 2021 Central Alberta High School football season in the rearview…

  • Dec 17, 2021
Running back Elliot Wyse of the Lacombe Rams was named the high school football city league rookie of the year as the league handed out year-end awards earlier this month. (Advocate file photo)
Brett Monea and Kristopher Buffalo bullfighting at the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) 2021. Submitted/ Nicole Monea.

Wetaskiwin County bullfighters find success on the professional circuit

Two Wetaskiwin County raised bullfighters fought side by side at the Canadian Finals Rodeo 2021

Brett Monea and Kristopher Buffalo bullfighting at the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) 2021. Submitted/ Nicole Monea.
Donalda’s Cody Cassicy’s six titles equal the Canadian record total established by Hall of Famer Bud Butterfield a half century ago. Covy Moore photo

Superstar Zeke Thurston of Big Valley continues winning streak at CFR47

Donalda’s Cody Cassidy’s six titles equal the Canadian record total established by Hall of Famer Bud Butterfield

Donalda’s Cody Cassicy’s six titles equal the Canadian record total established by Hall of Famer Bud Butterfield a half century ago. Covy Moore photo
Jake Burwash of Nanton posts an 82.75 ride on Tiger Warrior during saddle bronc on Day 2 of the Canadian Finals Rodeo at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by Byron Hackett/Advocate staff)

Central Albertans in the hunt at CFR 47

Lacombe’s Justine Elliott is no stranger to the big stage. The 20-year-old…

  • Nov 5, 2021
Jake Burwash of Nanton posts an 82.75 ride on Tiger Warrior during saddle bronc on Day 2 of the Canadian Finals Rodeo at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by Byron Hackett/Advocate staff)
Left to right, back to front: Alicia Erickson, Brenda Vold, Taylor Flewelling, Tyrel Flewelling, Logan Bonnett, Jestin Jacklin, Justine Elliot Shayna Weir, Brett Bus, Naomi Akkermans, Zane Lambert, Kash Bonnett, Keely Bonnett, Tel Flewelling, Kris Buffalo and Nash Loewen. (Emily Jaycox/Black Press News Media)

Ponoka Stampede sends off CFR contestants in true Ponoka style

Quite the list of homegrown cowboys and cowgirls will be competing at…

Left to right, back to front: Alicia Erickson, Brenda Vold, Taylor Flewelling, Tyrel Flewelling, Logan Bonnett, Jestin Jacklin, Justine Elliot Shayna Weir, Brett Bus, Naomi Akkermans, Zane Lambert, Kash Bonnett, Keely Bonnett, Tel Flewelling, Kris Buffalo and Nash Loewen. (Emily Jaycox/Black Press News Media)