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.
"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.