Spark Youth Fair comes to BCF

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

Over 800 youth will at­tend the Ig­nite Your Spark Youth Fair to ex­pe­ri­ence spark op­por­tu­ni­ties by con­nect­ing with an adult spark cham­pion come Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 27.

Spark cham­pi­ons will en­gage youth in their shared spark, and help them dis­cover ways to pur­sue their spark within our com­mu­nity. A spark is some­thing that ig­nites pas­sion and fu­els cre­ativ­ity for youth. This fair is specif­i­cally de­signed to cre­ate that ini­tial spark and help a stu­dent find a new hobby or po­ten­tial ca­reer.

The Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF) will be packed with dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties from art and mu­sic to sci­ence and sports and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Or­ga­nizer April Harrison shared that the en­gag­ing na­ture of the fair will be very dis­tinc­tive com­pared to other expo’s.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for these kids to come along and try some­thing and see if it ig­nites that spark in them, if this is some­thing they want to carry on with,” Harrison ex­plained. Stu­dents in grades five to 12 from lo­cal schools in Car­bon, Delia, Drumheller, Mor­rin, and Wheat­land Cross­ing will be in at­ten­dance.

With that be­ing said, a con­firmed 42 spark cham­pi­ons will be rep­re­sented with more yet to be ap­proved.

Some of the con­firmed hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude; box­ing, bull rid­ing, scuba div­ing, cook­ing, park­our, com­puter an­i­ma­tion, archery, gokarts, magic the gath­er­ing, and yoga to name a few.

“It’s su­per dif­fer­ent to an expo. It’s not a you go along and you get in­for­ma­tion, leaflets from each ta­ble, no. Ev­ery sin­gle one of the things that are listed, you get to try some as­pect of that thing. So with kayak­ing, you get to go out on the river. With scuba div­ing, it will be out at the aquaplex in the out­door pool,” said Harri- son.

A mas­sive spon­sor­ship was pro­vided by the Ro­tary Club of Drumheller.

The Drumheller & Area AS­SET De­vel­op­ment Coali­tion fos­ters the de­vel­op­men­tal as­sets that chil­dren and ado­les­cents need to be­come healthy, car­ing, pro­duc­tive, suc­cess­ful adults.

They were the ones be­hind the scenes co­or­di­nat­ing to make this na­tion wide fair avail­able to stu­dents in Drumheller and area.

If any­one is in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a spark cham­pion and pro­vid­ing youth with a new spark, con­tact April Harrison at 403-823-1315 or by email at ahar­ri­son@di­nosaur­val­ley. com

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