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Dinosaur Capital of the World celebrated at Canada Day Parade

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If there is one thing Drumheller excels at, it is celebrating Canada’s birthday.
The theme of this year’s Canada Day Parade is “Dinosaur Capital of the World.”
And what’s not to celebrate? Drumheller is world renowned for the incredible specimens that have been unearthed in the valley, the prehistoric topography that attracts provincial, national and international visitors, and, of course, the Royal Tyrrell Museum, which attracts hundreds of thousands every year to explore the spectre of the prehistoric past.
Also, save for some technicalities from Guinness, the community was on the brink of setting the world record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Dinosaurs.
The Canada Day parade is also recognizing the centennial of the Rotary Club in Drumheller. For the last 100 years, the club has been serving the community through various efforts. Indeed, a feat to be recognized.
The Canada Day parade goes at 10 a.m. on July 1. Those participating can begin to form up in the Riverside area as early as 7:30 a.m. Check-in is on 11th Street East near the old St. Anthony’s School.
The parade follows its well-established route, starting on Riverside Drive and then heading up 3rd Avenue East into Downtown Drumheller. It then heads south on 1st Street West to Railway Avenue and heads back east and wraps up near 7-11.
There will be volunteer marshals along the parade route to make sure everything runs smoothly. Please be aware and respect the route and volunteers. Parade entries are allowed to distribute candy and handouts, but please do not throw candy, hand it to the revelers to make sure everything runs safely.
As for all of those who attempted to break the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Dinosaurs record, don’t put your suit away just yet. Organizers are inviting all those who participated to wear those fun costumes, flaunt them, and join the back of the parade.
After that, the celebrations continue throughout the day. See page 10 for a schedule of events throughout the community, culminating in Fireworks at 11 p.m.
Enjoy your Canada Day
be safe and have fun!

Hey kids, win a bike on Canada Day!

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The Drumheller Mail continues its Canada Day tradition where kids can win a bike.
For years the Mail has offered valley youngsters the opportunity to win a bike on Canada Day. Kids simply have to show their Canada Day spirit.
The Mail has two bikes, supplied by the local Canadian Tire to give away.
Those wishing to enter can simply follow a few simple steps (see details on this page). The winner will be randomly selected.
The deadline for entry is noon on Sunday, June 30, and the winners will be published in the July 5 edition of the Mail.
Come in and drop off your photo at the Mail’s office, or email to

Ainscough named Citizen of the Year

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    The greatness of the community was celebrated on Thursday Night, June 13, at Celebration of Excellence.
    There was a full house for the annual event at the Badlands Community Facility, where awards were presented to local individuals, businesses and organizations from the Drumheller Rotary Club, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce and Travel Drumheller.
    The Rotary Citizen of the Year wen to Ray Ainscough, owner of Riverside Value Drug Mart. He may have also gotten an award for best cheering section as well, as employees of his business donned t-shirts with his likeness.
    Riverside Value Drug Mart has been in the community since 1980, and Ray has been a big part of that history. Today he operates Riverside Value Drug Mart and Peoples Pharmacy in the Riverside Medical Building. He is supportive of many community causes, including sponsoring scholarship awards for graduating students. He has coached and sponsored sports teams and sits on several boards, including DARTS, where he is currently president.
    The runner-up for Citizen of the Year was Lynn Fabrick. On top of operating her store Dry Canyon Collectables, she is active in the  Community Business Association, which is responsible for many events in the community where merchants collaborate. She has been a driver in the community for Indigenous awareness and has spearheaded many, including Dancing with the Dinosaurs Powwow, Red Dress Walk and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
    The Rotary Club’s Most Courteous Employee went to Cheryl Spark of Drumheller Boston Pizza. Instantly recognizable to anyone who frequents Boston Pizza, Spark plays a key role in making sure her customers are treated with kindness while providing top-notch service.
The finalist in the Most Courteous Employee category was MacKenzie Cassidy  of the Badlands Community Facility.
    The final Rotary award was for the Athlete of the Year, and it went to Nevan Schille, a Grade 11 player on the Drumheller Titans.
    The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce also dispersed its awards. The Community Builder award went to The Drumheller and District Humane Society. The finalists were the Drumheller Community Learning Society and the Napier Theatre.
    The Employer of Choice award went to Hi-Way 9 Express. The finalist was Riverside Value Drug Mart.
    The Most Promising New Business was awarded to Heller Good Sandwiches, with the other finalists being Bubba T’s Bus Tours and JJ Deliveries.
    The Business Professional of the Year award was presented to Greg Manca of Drumheller McDonald’s. The runner-ups were Keri Looijen of Travel Drumheller and Dr. Ivan Chan of  Drumheller Chiropractic Centre.
    The Small Business of the Year was awarded to the Napier Theatre. Also nominated in the category were Badlands Photography and Riverside Medical Clinic.
    The Large Business of the Year was awarded to the Badlands Amphitheatre. Other finalists included Reality Bytes Inc. and Riverside Value Drug Mart.
 The Travel Drumheller Tourism Excellence Awards were also given out. Bikes and Bites was named the Tourism Business of the Year. Finalists included Rosebud Theatre and School of the Arts, and The Sunny Spot.
    The Hospitality Ambassador Award went to Deanne Zariski. Runner ups were BL Janzen and Jody Sunstrum.


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