Danc­ing with the Di­nosaurs nom­i­nated for Alto Award

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A home­grown event that cel­e­brates indige­nous cul­ture has been nom­i­nated for an Alto Award from Travel Al­berta.

Lynn and Mike Fabrick of Dry Canyon Col­lecta­bles learned last week the Danc­ing with the Di­nosaurs Fes­ti­val is a fi­nal­ist for the Alto Tourism Event or Fes­ti­val of the Year.

Lynn tells the Mail, she re­calls fill­ing out the pack­age but never thought any­thing of it. A cou­ple of weeks ago she re­ceived an email urg­ing them to book a room for the an­nual Travel Al­berta In­dus­try Con­fer­ence in Banff later this month.

“I was work­ing on my grant ap­pli­ca­tion for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for next year’s pow­wow and I opened an email be­cause the sub­ject said ‘con­grat­u­la­tions” and that’s what it was,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment the Event or Fes­ti­val of the Year Award is “de­signed to cel­e­brate events and fes­ti­vals which drive tourism at­ten­dance to their re­gion, high­light unique Al­berta pro­gram­ming and brings an eco­nomic im­pact to their com­mu­nity.”

The Fabricks or­ga­nized Pow­wow Cel­e­bra­tion 150 in 2017. This year they ex­tended the event over two days with a tipi rais­ing and an ar­ti­san fair on June 30 and then on July 1, they held a pow­wow com­pe­ti­tion with dancers and drum­mers from through­out Western Canada and the North­ern United States.

“My favourite part is the drum­ming be­cause ev­ery­one has the same heart­beat and it draws ev­ery­one in re­gard­less of cul­ture or back­ground. You can hear it through­out the val­ley and it bounces through ev­ery­one,” said Lynn.

Also nom­i­nated in the same cat­e­gory is Christ­mas in Novem­ber at the Jasper Park Lodge and Taste of Ed­mon­ton.

An­other nom­i­nated project that took place in Drumheller was Drum­beats - re­spon­sive Mar­ket­ing Cam­paign. It is a fi­nal­ist for the Mar­ket­ing Ex­cel­lence Cam­paign or Project up to $20,000.

mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

The Danc­ing with the Di­nosaurs Fes­ti­val has been nom­i­nated for an Alto Award for the Alto Tourism Event or Fes­ti­val of the Year.

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