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World’s Largest Dinosaur welcomes 1,000,000th visitor


The World’s Largest Dinosaur (WLD) celebrated a monumental milestone on September 5, 2009. Julie Mainville of Edmonton, Alberta was the 1,000,000th person to climb 106 stairs to the mouth of the dinosaur.
    Mainville received a gift package valued at over $500. The package included World’s Largest Dinosaur merchandise, passes to other great Drumheller Valley attractions, a meal voucher and dinosaur dollars.
    Operated by the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, the World’s Largest Dinosaur officially opened its doors on October 13, 2000. The towering T-Rex standing 86 feet tall was the brainchild of a group of Drumheller business owners. It was through the determined work of many volunteers and funding from a variety of sources that the project was completed.
    Nine years later, the WLD has celebrated many successes. It has been honoured with several prestigious awards including Attractions Canada Awards at both the provincial and national levels. Loans used to fund the project were paid back in full, five years earlier than originally planned. The Chamber of Commerce has also established a Legacy Fund, which designates 15% of admission fees and 10% of Giftshop sales to help other organizations realize their goals.
    General Manager of the Chamber of Commerce, Heather Bitz states “It’s an exciting day in the 88 year history of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce. Drumheller, the Dinosaur Capital of the World, is a great vacation destination and we are happy to provide visitors with such a unique attraction.”

Sports Room, Dragons team up


Dave Powell, left and Courteny Lowen of Sports Room Source for Sports at the Dragons Den. The Drumheller Dragons announced a partnership with the Sports Room Source for Sports, which brings its merchandise and equipment expertise to the Dragons Den at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. This partnership will allow fans, players and their families access to the Sports Room’s wide array of merchandise not only during Dragons games, but also during minor hockey games, tournaments and various arena special events.  Visitors to the Den will find a great selection of Dragons’ merchandise, hockey apparel by Gong Show and hockey equipment (including mouth guards, sticks, helmets, tape, laces and a variety of other hockey gear).  Skate sharpening will also be available in late fall. Dave Powell, owner of The Sports Room Source for Sports, is extremely proud to be working with the Dragons to provide this service to visitors of our arena.

Garden party and auction raises $6,000 for health foundation


    Sunday was the perfect day for a garden party, and to raise funds for the Drumheller Area Health Foundation.
    The foundation hosted its first of what is hoped to be an annual garden party complete with tea, snacks and a silent and live auction. The fun time took place at the new Recreation Therapy Garden at the Drumheller Health Centre on August 30.
    A strong crowd of residents of the continuing care unit as well as supporters came out on a sunny Sunday to have tea, bid on the items, and have fun. A healthy contingent of the local Red Hatters came out and even the queen. A backdrop of live music kept bidders entertained.
    Linda Ames, administrator with Drumheller Area Health Foundation was impressed by the support from local residents and businesses for the number of silent auction items.
    The main event for the garden party was a live auction of art, made and donated by local artists and collectors. Skip MacArthur took the gavel in hand and auctioned off the items.
    In total, the afternoon event raised about $6,000 for the Drumheller Area Health foundation.             The funds are earmarked for a portable ultra sound machine for the Emergency Room and Operating Room.
    Ames says they are already looking at ways to grow the event for next year.


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