Downtown Drumheller was electrified on Saturday, Sept. 30, when artists and performers popped-up showcase displays all along 3rd Ave. W.
The 2nd annual Pop-Up Arts and Culture Event was put together, in part, by Marley Henneigh, who explained how the idea came about.
"Julia Fielding and I were chatting about some kind of pop-up event we could do downtown. We found that we could work it with Alberta Culture Days. So, we had some funding from the government for it and we just started working."
Another co-organizer was Jim Carlson, the Chairman of the Badlands Gallery. He was dressed as a scarecrow at Saturday's event, but admited he wasn't doing a very good job of scaring anybody.
"Mostly celebrating fall and Arts and Culture Days and having a good time with all the nice people down here."
At one part of 3rd Ave. W., near the Royal Bank, the Drumheller District and Humane Society had a barbeque fundraiser set-up. At the corner of 3rd Ave. W. and Centre St., Lothar the Magician performed for attendees. Elsewhere, the Atlas Coal Mine set up a display where visitors could handle actual mining artifacts as well as a piece of coal.
"Today we've got a selection of artifacts from the mine site," explained Executive Director of the Atlas, Dr. Sarah Newstead. "This is a chunk of sub-bituminous coal from Atlas #3 and this was the type of coal that was being mined in the Drumheller Valley. It was a very good home-heating coal and they also used it a lot for electrical generation."
The free, all-ages event featured local artists, outdoor musicians and arts and crafts workshops. The event was put together by the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Badlands Artist Association and the Town of Drumheller's Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee.