‘All In’ replaces Riverboat Daze in 2021

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

In 2021, a three-day ‘All In’ festival will replace Riverboat Daze, because carnival rides aren’t travelling in 2021 and the second week in July was too early to organize an event.
All In includes “much loved Riverboat Daze type of events,” but not the fair rides, said Kimberley Hughes, Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce executive director, at the June 28, 2021 Chamber. “A lot of the details are still in the works. We need ideas and volunteers especially for the concert.”

All In itinerary (so far)
Thursday Aug. 26: Ice Breaker Hockey Game
Friday Aug. 27: Chamber block party, parade and fireworks.
Saturday Aug. 28: pancake breakfast, kid’s parade, vintage car show, and concert.
All In has three main partners: the Chamber, Town of Slave Lake, and Slave Lake Region Tourism Society. Also, other local organizations are interested in adding events.
Other Chamber news, events, and programs were also discussed at the meeting.

Chamber news
There will be a summer sidewalk sale one weekend in July. The idea is for businesses to have a special which will be put on a map, like the Mini Monster Halloween.
Robyn-Lee Vance suggested the Chamber hold a golf tournament to network, socialize, relax, and fundraise.
A shop local gift card campaign is still in the works.
Also, Slave Lake, High Prairie, and Wabasca businesses can be part of Love Local, Shop Local: a small business directory and map. Businesses are also featured on social media. To register, see communityfuturessl.com/upcoming-events.
Businesses can volunteer for a customer service training pilot project in the fall.
In July, there will likely be a Chamber strategic planning meeting.
The Chamber can become registered under the federal government. At the moment, it is registered under the provincial government. The reason to do this is so no one else can register the area with the federal government.

Town of Slave Lake
A member asked Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman about the new EMS station which AHS will be building in Slave Lake.
“We will fight tooth and nail to not have it at the hospital,” said mayor Warman. The EMS station can be anywhere in central Slave Lake and serve the same purpose. However, if it is at the hospital in the future there will be no option to expand.
AHS has heard this loud and clear and is looking into two other locations, added Warman.

Truly Creative Marketing
Chantelle ‘Chana’ Trudel from Truly Creative Marketing gave a brief introduction to social media advertising. The final goal is using social media to “connect you to your audience.”

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