The Alberta Tourism Awards were held over the weekend at the Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff and two Drumheller events were nominated.

The Badlands Amphitheatre won the Marketing Excellence Award for Drumbeats, a laser and light show.

During the time of the show, Drumheller and surrounding areas were blanketed in a thick smoke from the forest fires across British Columbia.

"Nobody was buying tickets and we had to create a new platform, a new program to go out with and just show people and say 'hey come on down to Drumheller.' We wanted to show them that we were not as impacted as Calgary where you could hardly breathe," explained Executive Director of the Badlands Passion Play, Vance Neudorf.

The group's efforts seemed to be deemed successful by being one of their most well attended seasons to date.

"We ended up exceeding our target audience for that. In fact, we saw a record for this year for over 20,600 people at the Passion Play and the Badlands Amphitheatre as well," continued Neudorf.

Also nominated was the Dancing with the Dinosaurs Festival and Powwow that was held as part of Drumheller's Canada Day celebrations. The event was nominated in the Tourism Event or Festival of the Year category, but unfortunately was beat out by Chirstmas in November by Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

"It lets people know that we are here and we are shaking and moving and doing stuff. Be ready for more of the same, I think we've got a lot of award-winning products in our area and services and things we could do. I would be ready to see more wins coming out in the next few years," concluded Neudorf.

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