May Day Miners' Festival
May 1-3, 2015
A weekend of history, mystery, entertainment, and remembering
The festival begins at 12pm on Friday with the Miners' March; a procession of miners, their families, and local residents who carry commemorative placards to the Miners' Memorial on Center Street, Drumheller. Placards display the names of miners who braved the "belly of the beast" here in the Valley and participants can register for a placard, half-an-hour prior to the March, at the Badlands Community Facility. A memorial service for the 207 men killed in the Drumheller coalfields will follow at 12:30pm – Reverend Katherine Freeman officiates. Kelly Eddy, Program Director at the Atlas, speaks of the importance of these events: "May Day is a legacy to the men who paid the blood tax of coal, but because we remember them, their lights will shine".
Other events planned for the weekend include a concert on Friday night at the Atlas, featuring Joe Vickers - tickets will be $20 at the door. On Saturday morning the festival will launch its 1st Annual May Day Miners' Baseball Tournament. The tournament will run all weekend at the Rosedale and Hoodoo ball diamonds, with field time generously donated by the Town of Drumheller and the Hoodoo RV Resort and Campground. "Anyone interested in registering a team should contact the Atlas for more details," says Tournament Coordinator, Remie DeFoor. Go to the field for the food? Us too. The East Coulee School Museum and Drumheller Humane Society will be selling popcorn, hot dogs, and peanuts all weekend. On Saturday evening everyone is invited to a free screening of the 1952 World Series Game at the E.C. School Museum from 5-8pm. Following the game, the Last Chance Saloon will be hosting Ginger St. James. The Dinosaur Valley Express will be offering a safe ride service on Saturday evening and anyone interested can call Shelley or Karel at 403.823.8664 for more details.
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Pay Day at Chinook Financial
Chinook Financial will host "Mining Mondays" at their Drumheller branch, where staff will be in costume and taking part in the days activities between the hours of 11am and 2pm. Mining characters will make appearances, including the infamous Mr. Moodie, Mona the mine secretary, and the Atlas' resident 5th generation coal miner, Bob Moffatt.
There are even lucrative reasons to participate! Anyone who opens a new account with Chinook during the month of May will receive a complimentary Atlas membership for the 2015 season! Chinook will also be raffling off a Lifetime Membership to the Atlas Coal Mine Historical Society (ACMHS), valued at $1000. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the branch. Members of the ACMHS enjoy a 10% discount off signature tours, 10% off purchases at the Miners' Lamp Gift Shop, and free general admission for a year.
"All funds raised through the membership raffle will go towards the Atlas Coal Mine's capital campaign, which is currently working to preserve Canada's last standing wooden coal tipple", says Julia Fielding, Executive Director at the Atlas.
Closing out the event on Friday, May 29th from 11am to 2pm will be Pay Day at Chinook Financial! Residents are encouraged to come down to the Drumheller branch to join in the celebrations. Mona the mine secretary will be handing out keepsake paycheques and company script. The winner of the Lifetime Membership will also be announced.
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