Drumheller's Dancing with the Dinosaurs Festival, which featured many different native dances from around the area, has been nominated for a prestigious award along with the Badlands Amphitheatre's DrumBeats.

Powwow Organizer Micheal Fabrick is overjoyed with the news.DRUMBEATS4cDrumBeats laser and light show

"We have been nominated for the Alto awards of Alberta. The Alto awards are Alberta Tourism Awards, they are given to individuals and organizations committed to enriching Alberta's tourism," said Fabrick.

The festival is nominated in the "Tourism Event or Festival of the Year" category and is up against Jasper Park Lodge's "Christmas in November," and Events Edmonton's "Taste of Edmonton."

"The nomination is bestowed for hosting our Dancing with the Dinosaurs Powwow and Festival that we held on July 1st. It is great to get this recognition and it was fantastic that we had the output we did from all the community, in regards, to fundraising and attendance and such. It was well received so it feels great to get the recognition for all the hard work that everybody has put into this," continued Fabrick.

The Alto Awards are being held on October 21- 23rd at the Banff Springs Hotel and Fabrick has his fingers crossed that the festival will take home the gold.

"We are going to the Banff Springs Hotel and it's a champagne reception and then we will be spending the night. It is going to be a really neat night for my wife and I," concluded Fabrick.

Executive Director of DrumBeats, Vance Neudorf is also humbled by the news of being nominated for the Marketing Excellence Campaign or Project award.

"Basically talking about the dire place we were in going into that final two weeks because of all the smoke, it was a very smoky August and tickets sales were just not selling. So, basically its an award on how we turned that around by applying some great techniques in there, and how we pulled all that off," he explained.

DrumBeats was a laser and light show and set the path for other large scale shows at the Badlands Amphitheater site. They are up against "Stargazing" from Banff Gondala from Pursuit.

"One of the biggest things was utilizing the social media aspect of things well. We kept people informed on the smoke lifting and how things were progressing there. Just encouraging people to come out and be part of that. And then a lot of clips, down to the last little bit. Just giving people a taste of what they are going to see," continued Neudorf.

According to Neudorf, the Badlands Passion Play site has been nominated for an Alto Award every year for ten years and winning five Alto awards in those years.

"I think for this one, what it is going to do for us, is just to show people that our marketing department and who we have working here knows what they are doing, and they are putting our best foot forward. The Amp (Amphitheatre) s continuing to grow and shape and move along," concluded Neudorf.

 

More Local News

UPDATE: Crash on Highway 10 East

UPDATE: An update to an accident that happened yesterday afternoon involving a white minivan and a semi-truck. Both vehicles were travelling towards each other on Highway 10X by the Cervus Equipment…

Humane Society Receives Big Help During the Holiday Season

This past Saturday, December 8, furry and not so furry friends were welcome to Drumheller Chrysler to take pictures with Santa for a good cause.

Christmas in the Coulee Family Fun for All

Christmas spirit was in the air at East Coulee last weekend.

St. Anthony's Art Fundraiser a Success

St. Anthony's School was full of artwork and excited bidders on Thursday, November 29th.

Drumheller Has Two New Signalled Crosswalks

The Town of Drumheller and the Province of Alberta have installed two new signalled pedestrian crosswalks last week.

Pool Opens Again: Memberships Extended

Swimming fanatics, this is for you. The Drumheller Aquaplax is back up and running after being under repairs for over a month. While the pool is now open, there are some small repairs still happening,

Hanna Elks Ensure Free Public Skating for Community

The sound of blades hitting the ice is a sound almost every Canadian kids hears at least once in their lifetime.

Bridge 10 in Wayne will be under Construction

Highway 10x will be experiencing more construction today.

Be Season Ready When it Comes to your Vehicle

Get your vehicle ready for what's in store this winter.

Morrin School Aims to Invoke All Angles of Inclusivity

Morrin School was host to a presentation that was organized by two local students and brought an NFL legend to town.

DrumhellerOnline.com is Drumheller's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login