Ponoka Stampede parade theme named

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been named the theme of this year’s Ponoka Stampede parade.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been named the theme of this year’s Ponoka Stampede parade.

“We are so excited,” said Beth Reitz, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka.

The local group was chosen since it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year as well as the national organization marking 100 years of providing mentorship to boys and girls.

The parade through downtown occurs June 28 as part of the this year’s 77th annual Ponoka Stampede from June 25 to July 1.

Reitz said the publicity will help find adult mentors for children who need guidance. The group, which also serves Rimbey, matched 107 children with adults last year.

Other events over 2013 will mark the national Big Brothers Big Sisters centennial, said Reitz, adding the group just finished its annual Bowl For Kids frundraiser, bringing in almost $20,000.