Prepare for a badlands time travel trip in Ponoka

Prepare for a badlands time travel trip in Ponoka

The annual Chamber trade fair will fossilize your day with dinosaurs

Alberta’s ancient history will be the subject for the 2019 edition of the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce trade show.

More specifically, the two day event — April 12 and 13 — at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex will feature an assortment of dinosaurs as this year’s theme.

“This year is all about helping people experience ‘Businesses Unearthed’,” explained Chamber executive manager Heather Bendera.

“Both vendor booths and spots at our popular Market Square are going fast and may soon be extinct.”

Everyone with an interest in dinosaurs will want to check out the ‘special guest’ that will be on hand for the weekend — Dino the ‘real’ Velociraptor from Drumheller will in attendance.

Along with that will be opportunities for prizes through a race against other ‘dinosaurs’ to save your egg and a chance to win a family vacation to the badlands community by filling up your passports at various booths.

In addition, other interesting ‘finds’ attendees will be able to expose include checking out some fossils, participating in a dinosaur dig to go along with some oilfield displays and even the opportunity to get up close and learn more about various types of reptiles.

There will also be a mobile planetarium on site from Red Deer’s Kerry Wood Nature Centre, providing a tour of the stars and telling the interesting stories behind those pictures in the night sky.

As usual, the fair will also feature a large array of local and area performers plus demonstrations on stage.

This year the Market Square — featuring all manner of homemade crafts, foods and other products — can be found taking up space in the curling rink.

Bendera added there remain some spots open for both booths and in the Market Square.

“We are also still searching for groups or individuals interested in performing on the stage. There are also some surprises that will be unearthed closer to the event,” she stated.

For information on booths, Market Square space or to get on the performance schedule, call the Chamber office at (403) 783-3888 or don’t be a dinosaur and send an email to