The committee is thrilled at the prospects.
“It’s more than exciting, it’s awesome,” said Mayor Terry Yemen.
He explains they submitted the application quite some time ago, but received confirmation earlier this week. The Drumheller Institution is working on the exhibition, which will feature coal cars pulled by local ponies, and will be accompanied by about 10 marchers with wheelbarrows.
Linda Digby of the Atlas Coal Mine said it is great opportunity to showcase the valley.
“Drumheller will have a great profile in the Calgary Stampede this year. I think it will be a surprise to people in Calgary there are two sides of Drumheller, and I think it will provoke interest in coming to Drumheller this year. Everyone knows we are a dinosaur town, but not everyone knows we are a coal town. It is a pretty sexy industry, and I think people will be interested in it,” said Digby.
Leanna Mohan of the planning committee said they are still in need of support in making it a reality. The volunteer committee will be organizing the float. All sort of logistics have to be planned, including transporting the float into Calgary, walking the route, and tearing down.
For more information, or how to get involved, contact Mohan at 403-820-6208.