Dig this! Celebrate dinosaurs at Drumheller's DinoFest June 7-9, 2013
When it comes to this festival, think Tyrannosaurus big.
From June 7 to 9 every dinosaur hunter young and old is invited to enjoy second annual Drumheller DinoFest. The free family-friendly festival has a colossal lineup of events.
Spray Park and the world's biggest dinosaur
Spray Park under Drumheller's towering dinosaur is the centre of the action, which kicks off Friday June 7. Entertainers and live music - provided by Alberta bands - will keep you hopping until the sun goes down on all three nights.
Get your Dino hunters up early on Saturday and Sunday to fuel up on a pancake breakfast (donations go to the Badlands Community Facility and the Morgan Jayne Project) then head off to explore the prehistoric action.
EnCana hosts a free dinosaur-themed kids zone. An inflatable bouncy dinosaur house, a 24- foot slide, face painters, and games and crafts with the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Atlas Coal Mine, and Dinosaur Provincial Park will take place on the Saturday and Sunday.
If you're in need of a recharge, stroll through "Taste Of The Valley." Ten restaurants from the region will have booths set up with the chance to sample their delicious fare. Along with the restaurants, local artisans, vendors and farmers will be selling wares.
Stop by the stage regularly because it will be the hub of free entertainment all day. The Royal Tyrrell Museum will present Story Time for the kids ages two to five and Science Break for children ages four and older. Both events are great ways to learn more about the prehistoric world. Bands will be playing from 9 am until 9 pm, with headliners you won't want to miss on both Friday and Saturday night.
Talk to a paleontologist from the Museum who will identify that rock or fossil that you have never quite figured out. And if you remember to bring your hiking shoes, you can register for a paleontologist-hosted hike along the river. Journey back in time and learn about the stratigraphy exposed as the river bends to learn about the Badlands before they were bad.
Don't forget the Spray Park with its fountains and water cannons across from the world's biggest dinosaur. It's free and fun to splash around in.
Evening entertainment goes into the wee hours
Grab a bag of free popcorn and your favourite lawn chair or blanket and settle in to watch a dinosaur-themed movie on the three-storey inflatable screen hosted by ATB Financial on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m., The movies are a secret but get "two thumbs up" from the tight-lipped organizers.
Run dino run!
The Drumheller Triathlon (choose Sprint and Olympic distances) happens Saturday morning and Sunday morning there's the family 5-km fun walk/run. To participate in the 5K go to the DinoFest Info Booth at Spray Park at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Details about the triathlon will be on the Dinofest webpage.
More dinosaur adventures
Of course it wouldn't be complete without a trip to The Royal Tyrrell Museum. The Cretaceous Garden reopens May 17. The plants are descendents of the species that lived in Alberta during the Cretaceous and the creatures such as salamanders, toads and ladybugs control the pests - just like their predecessors did. See if you can see them scurry by.
Beat the crowds rolling in from the city by arriving when the museum cracks open the doors at 9 a.m. Or, consider going in the evening, because the museum closes at 9 p.m. during the summer.
Camping in and around Drumheller
June is the perfect time to pitch a tent or pull the RV into the Drumheller River Valley. It will be warm but not sweltering like the rest of the summer months. Within the valley there are more than a dozen campgrounds.. The Dinosaur RV Park is closest to all the DinoFest action and a stone's throw from the World's Largest Dinosaur. The Hoodoo RV & Campground about 2 km from the recently re-opened Hoodoo site is pet friendly with trails along the river. (Don't tell the kids it has Wi-Fi)
Mike Dooley, of DinoFest predicts that DinoFest will be even more popular than last year.
"We saw about 5,000 visitors last year who all loved the family atmosphere and plan to return. Many of them camped so it's safe to say that anyone considering coming should reserve a spot now."
The weekend will be nonstop fun, inexpensive and hugely entertaining. Yes, - Tyrannosaurus big.
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Drumheller's DinoFest a roaring success
Suggested Tweet - Drumheller's DinoFest attracts over 5,000 people through the weekend @dinofest www.drumhellersdinofest.com
Tuesday June 5- Drumheller - The town of Drumheller, Alberta is still in a festive mood after its inaugural DinoFest from this past weekend. "From all accounts, with low accommodation vacancy numbers to increased restaurant and attraction visitation, Drumheller's DinoFest was a success," says executive producer Jim Barr.
"We had our best day of business ever over this weekend" reports Dennis Standage owner of Sublime Restaurant and Bar, who were popular participants of The Taste of the Valley - a "festival within the festival"- showcasing a collection of Drumheller's and the surrounding areas restaurants. "We couldn't keep up with the demand, we had to run back to the restaurant four times to re-stock over the three hours of the event because we kept selling out," said Standage.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum experienced an almost 7% increase in its attendance compared to this time last year while the World's Largest Dinosaur saw a 12% increase. Hotels and campgrounds were sitting between 60-95% occupancy level. "Our attendance estimates are around 5,400 people over the Friday night, Saturday and Sunday of the event," says Barr.
Comments on Facebook continue from both locals and tourists who were impressed with the festival. "A BIG thank you to all who volunteered or contributed to Dinofest this year, it was the best thing Drumheller has ever put on! So much work and effort to make it happen and I'm grateful to all involved!! My kids had a BLAST! :)," said Facebook user Carla Hamilton.
In its first year the annual festival has attracted major attention and appears to be a social media hit with its Facebook page having reached just over 725,000 people in the past three weeks. Sponsors included Canalta Hotels, ATB Financial, Encana, FestivalSeekers, CKUA and was in partnership with Travel Alberta. Outside of the major sponsors Drumheller's DinoFest had 48 local businesses involved and a team of 28 volunteers.
Drumheller's DinoFest presented by Canalta Hotels, is a unique dinothemed festival. Stay tuned for details on the 2013 event being announced in the near future.
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Drumheller's dinosaurs get lei'd as part of DinoFest
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Friday, June 1- Drumheller - The town of Drumheller, Alberta is going to extreme measures to ensure it's ready for DinoFest this weekend. The Drumheller Fire Department was called in today dress up one of the World's largest dinosaurs.
Tara Semchuk, the producer of the leis, had also produced the red mittens worn by the World's Largest Dinosaur during the 2010 run of the Olympic Torch. She rose to the occasion when asked if she could sew another dinosaur accessory to help make the DinoFest festival grounds a whole lot more fun. "Now the dinosaurs will stand out, and I know the kids are going to get a kick out of it. I chose purple pansies in honour of the Royal Purple and Elks convention in Drumheller next weekend, so they will be pleasantly surprised as well!" When asked if there were any tricks involved to produce the leis she commented on the use of tulleing, "it's what you use for little girl's tutus- that is what is giving them their puffiness. After making the mittens in 2010 I learned that installation is tricky - these leis have buckles for a smoother installation. It's not easy trying to lei a dinosaur."
In its first year the annual festival has attracted major attention and appears to be a social media hit with its Facebook page having reached just over 500,000 people in the past three weeks.
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Drumheller's DinoFest presented by Canalta Hotels, is a unique dino themed festival happening June 1-3, 2012. Most events and DinoFest attractions are free for the public.
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Drumheller's DinoFest is something to ROAR about
May 24, 2012, Drumheller - Drumheller's DinoFest, presented by Canalta Hotels, welcomes Encana as its newest supporter, providing young dino fans hours of fun at the Encana KidsZone.
"Our focus with this event is to attract families," says Drumheller DinoFest President Dave Powell. "We really want to ensure that there is a wealth of free options for our guests to take part in, and are grateful for community partners such as Encana that make this possible."
Next Friday, June 1, and throughout the weekend, the site of the world's largest dinosaur will be converted into a festival celebrating Drumheller's dinosaur culture. Features of the Encana KidsZone include a bungee run, sumo wrestling, face painters, and a dino-themed bounce castle. "Our approach to community giving is to ensure investment dollars are allocated to programs and organizations that respond to the needs of the communities where we live and work," says Luigi Vescarelli, Encana Community Relations. "We're excited to be able to provide festival attendees with this free, fun activity."
The main stage at Drumheller's DinoFest will be filled with an impressive line-up of nine bands and a talent show Sunday afternoon by the Drumheller Valley Secondary School. Throughout the weekend, there will also be a Taste of Drumheller cook off, a children's dino dig, and a collection of unique vendors. Free Palaeo Talks will be given at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. The schedule of events is available on www.drumhellersdinofest.com
Drumheller's DinoFest, presented by Canalta Hotels, is a family fun dino themed festival happening June 1-3, 2012. Most events and DinoFest attractions are free for the public.
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May 18, 2012
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Drumheller's DinoFest Presented by Canalta Hotels to ROAR into Drumheller with an impressive line up.
Drumheller's DinoFest Presented by Canalta Hotels is ready to ROAR with its updated schedule of events - an impressive line up of adventures for the whole family.
Alberta's newest festival includes three days of programming, kicking off Friday June 1 with ATB Financials free screening of Jurassic Park on a three story outdoor movie screen at the feet of the world's tallest dinosaur. This will be followed up on the Saturday night with a free screening of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Throughout the weekend, families will be able to take in special programming at The Royal Tyrrell Museum, including talks and guided hikes of the badlands by Tyrrell staff. The museum will be hosting a special "dinosaur dig" right within Spray Park - DinoFest's epicentre. Performances by some of Drumheller's best bands, other live entertainment, "A Taste of the Valley" cook off, Encana's DinoFest KidsZone and a collection of unique vendors round out the attractions. The full schedule of events is available at www.drumhellersdinofest.com
Families and friends will not want to miss out on the dinosaur themed scavenger hunt where one lucky family will win an "on set" experience with the Nickelodeon show Dino Dan. "We have 20 businesses participating, each with a different dinosaur on location. Scavenger hunters will go into X business, find the dinosaur and fill its name into their crossword puzzle. Once the puzzle is complete it becomes their entry into the contest" explains Mike Dooley, an event organizer with the festival.
Drumheller's DinoFest presented by Canalta Hotels is a family fun dino-themed festival happening June 1-3, 2012. Most events and DinoFest attractions are free for the public.
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April 18, 2012
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DinoNites ROARS into the Edmonton Public Library. Royal Tyrrell Museum scientists present a free series of dinosaur talks promoting Drumheller's DinoFest
CKUA and the Royal Tyrrell Museum, in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library, Canalta Hotels and FestivalSeekers, are thrilled to announce DinoNites - a three part series of talks featuring world-renowned palaeontologists.
"Drumheller's DinoFest wanted to bring the excitement of dinosaurs and other fossils to Edmonton, to help promote our June 1-3 event. What better way to do it than to work with one of the world's leading palaeontology museums to bring in a collection of experts," explains Dave Powell, President of the Drumheller Festival Society. This free speaker series is happening Wednesday April 25, May 2 and May 16 at Edmonton's Stanley Milner Library in its downstairs theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Admission is free. These educational presentations are age appropriate for adults and children 10+. Seating is limited and will be available on a first arrival basis.
"I look forward to presenting an update on the 2011 Fort McMurray dinosaur discovery. People will be amazed at the quality of the preservation and appreciate the unlikely series of events leading up to the discovery," states Dr. Donald Henderson, regarding his presentation Adrift at sea in the Early Cretaceous - the Fort McMurray armored dinosaur (May 16).
Henderson, along with Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Eberth and Executive Director Andrew Neuman, will present on topics ranging from the discovery of The Fantastic Dinosaur Bonebeds of Alberta, Mongolia and China (April 25) as well as Life in The Ocean 250 Million Years Ago - An Update from Wapiti Lake BC (May 2). For more information regarding CKUA and the Royal Tyrrell Museum's DinoNites @ the EPL, visit http://www.drumhellerdinofest.com/dinonites.html
About Drumheller's DinoFest Presented by Canalta Hotels-A new annual festival for Western Canada being produced by the Drumheller Festival Society. This festival offers a blend of family-friendly activities to celebrate Drumheller's deeply rooted history of dinosaurs, palaeontology, and the like June 1-3, 2012. Presenting sponsor Canalta Hotels joins the Royal Tyrrell Museum, FestivalSeekers, CKUA Radio and the Edmonton Public Library as additional sponsors. Watch for more on DinoFest in the coming weeks and details to the Royal Tyrrell Museum's newest exhibit opening in May 2012, Alberta's Last Sea Dragon: Solving an Ancient Puzzle.
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March 24, 2012
Special Invitation - Drumheller DinoFest Open House
Thursday, March 29 4 till 6pm Badlands Community Facility
Calling the community of Drumheller to come out this Thursday and meet members of the organizing committee; learn how your business can take advantage of DinoFest. Join Dave Powell, President of the Drumheller Festival Society, Brooke Christianson of Canalta Hotels and other members of the DinoFest organizing committee. Drop in anytime between four and six pm and check out the new facility.
Drumheller DinoFest events are to include a pre-historic rib cook-off, a scavenger hunt designed to drive tourists into local businesses, shop window painting, a pancake breakfast & fundraising opportunities for local sports teams. The Drumheller Mail is looking to publish a special DinoFest section May 30th and a coupon map/book to spur local business is in the works. Live music, movies, entertainment and other events are being planned.
This DinoFest open house is your chance to gain important information on how you and/or your business can get involved and help the community generate momentum for the 2012 tourism season.
March 21, 2012
Drumheller's DinoFest Presented by Canalta Hotels to ROAR into Drumheller June 1-3, 2012
The Drumheller Festival Society is stoked to announce release of a new annual festival for Western Canada. This festival will offer a blend of family-friendly activities to celebrate Drumheller's deeply rooted history of dinosaurs, palaeontology and the like June 1-3, 2012. Presenting Sponsor Canalta Hotels joins The Royal Tyrrell Museum, FestivalSeekers.com and CKUA Radio as founding partners.
"Economic benefits of the fun-filled weekend will be realized throughout the community," explains Dave Powell, President of the Drumheller based society. "We want to encourage Albertans to trek to Drumheller for the weekend. We'll have some great events waiting for them."
Both Disney/Pixar and the BBC are working on multi-million dollar blockbuster movies scheduled to be released in 2013, sure to boost anything prehistoric. Friday & Saturday night's screening of Jurrasic Park will sure to be a hit - especially when its right under the guise of the World's Tallest Dinosaur," says the events executive producer Jim Barr of FestivalSeekers.com "Drumheller's DinoFest 2012 Presented by Canalta Hotels is a perfect opportunity to establish a great foundation for future years."
Drumheller's DinoFest welcomes Canalta Hotels as its title sponsor while another key partner in the event being the Royal Tyrrell Museum. "DinoFest is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the community and we are very proud to be a part of it," says Douglas Peterson, Canalta Hotels' Director of Sales & Marketing. A Prehistoric scavenger hunt, special presentations, on-stage entertainment, a rib-cook off and many other events are currently in the works.
Stay tuned to CKUA for more details to CKUA & The Royal Tyrrell Museum's DinoNites in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library - welcoming leading palaeontologists to the stage April 25, May 2 & May 16 - Stanley Milner Library.
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President; Drumheller Festival Society