The intermission in my blogging has been brought to you by the 78th annual Ponoka Stampede, this year it was June 25th to July 1st. It is absolutely amazing to watch our small community of 6500 grow by the thousands! The Stampede offers free camping at the grounds and holiday trailers of every shape and size begin to roll into town. Soon all the camping spaces are full and it is a sea of RV’s. Being a city girl I have to admit that I don’t mind the extra people and traffic at all and like most of the locals I know to stock my pantry before hand. We used to be part of the get out of dodge group but for the past 5 years we have hauled our trailer to the grounds and dug in our heels for a great time.
To me the Ponoka Stampede offers a rodeo experience that you can’t get at the big city rodeos. The infield bar and concession is a common meeting place for people with infield seats. There you can visit with old friends, meet new ones and hangout with the stars of the rodeo world, to me it’s like being back stage. I mean when is the last time a person went to a big sporting event and got to hang out with the players? I have to say that every year I have had more fun then the last and always think it couldn’t get any better.
Like all people that are fans of the rodeo world I have my favorites and I have been very lucky to be able to meet them. Because it’s a rodeo one of my favorites was a four-legged star named Willy a Steer Wresting Horse. Not only did I get to meet Willy but I also got to sit on him. Seriously you could not wipe the smile off my face that day.
My husband Grant has his favorites too, Gary Rempel is one of the best pickup men on the rodeo circuit. One of the things that Grant has always admired about Gary is how he can rope anything and in 2010 Gary roped a bull just as it jumped into the crowd at the CFR. Grant and I met Gary in 2011 at the Stampede and he gave Grant that very rope. The rope is now proudly on display in our family room in a shadow box with a leather tag on it that Gary made that simply reads Gary Rempel 2010 CFR.
Our daughter Meghan is of course a big fan of Barrel Racing and her favorite is Lindsey Sears and her horse Martha. Meghan got to meet Lindsey and Martha at the Ponoka Stampede in 2013.
Every year I think that was the best Ponoka Stampede, how could it get any better? Well it did this year and I capture it with selfies. At this point I would like to point out I am not a professional selfie taker and you can tell by the photos. Seriously I need longer arms to pull of a good selfie. Okay here we go….
Yeah, I didn’t know it was Corb Lund, Alberta singing star and that nights entertainer. I was showing my girlfriend Theresa the pictures and explaining that this guy kept photo bombing us. “You Dork!!!!” she said “that is Corb Lund!” Now I have to say I love Corb Lund and his songs but I guess I didn’t really know what he looked like. Some of my favorite songs of his include, The truck got Stuck, Hair In My Eye Like a Highland Steer, Going To Shine Up My Boots
Next are the voices of the Ponoka Stampede, Dr. Lynn Phillips and Les MacIntyre
Oh look who just walked by another Alberta singer Gord Bamford
Concert Night and this years entertainment was Big and Rich. My friend Kathy said that since I had gotten all the other selfies she wanted one with me and Big and Rich, challenge accepted. First was the meet and greet but they have a lot of people there waiting to get their picture with the band so a selfie at that point was not an option. I was standing off to the side with my friend Wendy visiting and before I knew it the crowd was gone and Big and Rich were still standing outside their tour bus. Well god hates a coward so I asked and yep you guess it, I got a selfie.
Now for the selfie
Finally what has to be my favorite moment of the Stampede, I got to meet my all time favorite Tie Down Roper…..Matt Shiozawa. He was also kind enough to give me a rope. Now I didn’t leave this Kodak moment to my selfies and lack of ability to take a good one. You can actually watch Matt rope right now in Pool “B” at the Calgary Stampede.
Finally selfies with 2 of my favorite cowboys, my dad who we all call “Papa Cliff” and my husband Grant.
As I write this I can only wonder want next year will bring? I believe life is an adventure to be lived and can’t wait for next year!
Now for a quick chicken update, Plum our little black hen hatched out 6 of the cutest little chicks ever. She has proved to be a great mom and I really enjoy watching her show her babies how to scratch and look for treats in the dirt. I will post pictures and video soon. Also the Call Duck eggs are due to hatch next week. I candled 2 days ago and we have 6 eggs that have very active ducklings in them. I have never been so nervous for a hatch before but hopeful that everything that will go well.
Have A Beautiful Day