Music fes­ti­val in full swing

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

The 87th an­nual Drumheller & District Music Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to show­case lo­cal tal­ent.

The fes­ti­val has been teem­ing with fresh per­for­mances from dance to pi­ano to speech and more over the course of two weeks, be­gin­ning on March 20.

The com­peti­tors can range in age from un­der four years old to 19.

Mul­ti­ple tro­phies and schol­ar­ships with amounts of $50 to $200 have been awarded in each dis­ci­pline to com­mem­o­rate a job well done.

Twenty year Drumheller and District and Music Fes­ti­val As­so­ci­a­tion (DDMFA) Chair­per­son Lynn Ed­wards gushes, “I find it all en­ter­tain­ing, it's fun and it's amaz­ing to see the lo­cal tal­ent. It's fun watch­ing the kids grow up through the years.”

The ad­ju­di­ca­tor of each dis­ci­pline de­cides the top three in­di­vid­u­als or groups based off of their own scor­ing and then chooses who will per­form at the fi­nal con­cert on Fri­day.

The awards and tro­phies will be handed out af­ter two to three hours of en­ter­tain­ment.

“There’s a ton of his­tory, we have tro­phies that have four gen­er­a­tions of one fam­ily on them,” said Ed­wards.

With the theatre and fa­cil­ity al­ready booked for next year, the plan­ning of the event be­gins in early Oc­to­ber.

The DDMFA com­mit­tee has also been in search of new mem­bers who will even­tu­ally take over ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions.

“Some of us have been on the com­mit­tee for so long and ev­ery­body has their job so it’s hard get­ting new peo­ple to join and get caught up,” said Ed­wards.

The fi­nal con­cert will take place on Fri­day, March 31 at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity in Drumheller.

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