Get Ready for Spring at the 5th Annual Spring Expo Trade Show

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce invites you to get ready for spring (and summer) at Drumheller's annual trade show! Featuring over 60 exhibitors with a great variety of products and services, including furniture, cleaning products, security and technology, clothing, jewellery, bath products, cooking products, organic meat, and more. View the full list of Exhibitors here.

The Spring Expo takes place Friday April 26 (2-8pm) and Saturday April 27 (10am-6pm) in the Badlands Community Facility Field House. Admission is just $2 for 13 and up; kids 12 and under are free. 

Find out more about the Spring Expo here.

Political Candidates’ Forum set for April 2

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce will host a Political Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, April 2 at the Badlands Community Facility for candidates running in the Drumheller-Stettler electoral division. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. with the forum commencing at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

The invited candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Holly Heffernan (New Democratic Party), Greg Herzog (Alberta Advantage Party), Nate Horner (United Conservative Party), Jason Hushagen (Alberta Independence Party), Mark Nikota (Alberta Party) and Rick Strankman (Independent). Candidates will each have the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their party platform followed by a question and answer period.

The forum will provide a great opportunity to hear from the candidates looking for your vote on Election Day, Tuesday, April 16.

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For further information, contact:

Heather Bitz

Executive Director

Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce

403-823-8100

Trade Show Booths are Just $150-$200

In an effort to make our trade show affordable for anyone that wants to participate, given the uncertainty many feel about the economy these days, we are drastically reducing the booth fees for our upcoming Spring Expo trade show. Booths are now just $150 (8x8 booth) or $200 (10x10 booth).

See all the event details here. Update- Trade Show booths are now 85% sold.

Notice of 2019 Annual General Meeting

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 27 2019 at the Badlands Community Facility. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese networking reception at 6:30pm, followed by the meeting at 7:00pm.

AGENDA
• President & Executive Director Reports
• 2017-18 Audited Financial Statements
• Election of Board of Directors
• Roundtable Discussion: Future of World’s Largest Dinosaur
$20 for members, $25 for prospective members. RSVP by Friday, March 22 online or call the Chamber at 403-823-8100. 

In preparation for the AGM, the DDCC is seeking members interested in serving on the Board of Directors.  Members are requested to review the information regarding Board of Director expectations and to submit the application for consideration. For more information on serving on the Board of Directors, please contact Chamber Executive Director, Heather Bitz at 403-823-8100.

World's Largest Dinosaur Background

The World’s Largest Dinosaur (WLD), owned and operated by the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC), was a unique ground-breaking project for Drumheller. Construction began in the fall of 1999, with the official grand opening held on October 13, 2000. The total project cost was $1,065,000.

One of the original goals of the project was to provide visitors to Drumheller with another year-round attraction. An attraction aimed at bringing visitors closer to the downtown core. This goal has certainly been achieved. On average over 110,000 people climb the World’s Largest Dinosaur each year. August 27, 2018 saw it welcome its 2 millionth visitor! 

Another goal of the World’s Largest Dinosaur was to reinvest revenues generated by dinosaur admissions and giftshop sales back into the local community to further enhance it. As a result of successful financial management and greater than expected revenues, the debts of the WLD construction were paid off earlier than expected; thus, enabling the establishment of the World’s Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund. To date over $600,000 has been injected back into our community for a variety of worthwhile projects. 

In addition to a portion of funds generated by the World’s Largest Dinosaur and giftshop being set aside for the Legacy Fund, 25% of admission proceeds are designated for the WLD Capital Repair Fund. The intent of the Capital Repair Fund is to save for future maintenance costs required for the dinosaur, which have proven to be significant.

Nominations Are Open for the 2019 Celebration of Excellence

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, Drumheller Rotary Club, and Town of Drumheller and FCSS are pleased be joining forces once again on Thursday, June 13, 2019 to co-host the Celebration of Excellence at the Badlands Community Facility. The celebration will honor individuals and businesses for their achievements and contributions to the community. New this year, Travel Drumheller will also be presenting an award. Together the group will present a total of thirteen awards, including:

Rotary Awards:

Town of Drumheller: Youth Leaders of Tomorrow- one award for students in grades 7-9 and one for students in grades 10-12.; (nominations closed Feb.28)

Chamber Business Excellence Awards:  *nominations closed March 29

  • Small Business of the Year,
  • Large Business of the Year,
  • Most Promising New Business,
  • Arts, Culture and Community Award,
  • Diversity Leadership Award,
  • Business Professional of the Year Award;

Travel Drumheller: The Tourism Excellence Award.

The semi-formal evening will feature cocktails and dinner followed by the awards presentation. Tickets on sale May 1.

 

Interested in sponsoring this growing community event? See the sponsor package.

 

2019 SPONSORS:

Gold Sponsors

 

Silver Sponsors

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ProPlan Coop

 

Bronze Sponsors

 

 

Centrepiece Sponsor

TELUS PureFibre Lockup RGB2 2

 

 

Corporate Members:

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