This is Canada's 150th birthday year and the Town of Drumheller will be celebrating with a 'bang' on July 1.
 
Bill Wulff has been in charge of the annual Canada Day fireworks show in the valley for years.
 
"Last year's show was $7,700 with about 700 pounds of powder. This year it's double that, it's a $15,000 show with almost double the powder," he informed 99.5 Drum FM. "We're having another 300 shells extra than we had last year by renting some racks."
 
While there will be far more fireworks than most years, Wulff said they will try to keep the show about 30 minutes long, the same as most years.
 
"Normally speaking we start working at about 6:00 at night to get the show ready for 11:00," he explained. "Normally we have eight or nine people in helmets; this year we have 12 in helmets and we're starting to work at 4:00 to put on the show for 11:00."
 
The extra money for the Canada 150 fireworks show comes from a federal program to celebrate the holiday.
 
"We do not get monetary compensation; what we chose to do instead of us getting paid, we put that payroll into powder," stated Wulff.
 
The Canada Day fireworks will follow a full day of family activities and entertainment put on by the town that day.
 

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