Royalty in grand entry Friday, August 10.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — First year Shoshone-Bannock Festival coordinator Wendy Farmer said it was a learning experience dealing with triple digit heat and gopher holes on the grounds.
But it was also positive with special guests that visited the Festival.
She believes the overall Festival grounds at the powwow area needs improvement because gophers are a huge problem and plans to work with Public Works on addressing the issues. Uneven ground resulted in a few injuries. It was also difficult in the campground.
Farmer said communication is key involving all of the coordinators of each activity to keep her updated so she will be doing follow up regarding participation, improvements and whether funding is sufficient.
Hunter Osborne in grand entry August 10.
Because the Festival is a huge outdoor powwow, dealing with weather is always a challenge and the heat resulted in a lot of water for participants to keep them hydrated throughout the weekend. It was suggested to place water misters throughout the area to keep people cool but each year the weather is different. Some years there’s rain and wind, “That’s a challenge that we will face as the Festival comes up annually.”
Wendy said she’s yet to receive numbers on the number of registered dances but last she checked there were over 400 dancers but that was early Friday. She will have a final count when the powwow committee turns in their report. She noted there wasn’t as many dancers as in past years but it gave those in attendance a better chance at prize money. “The dancers that did come did enjoy themselves, they’re beautiful and I’m glad they participated,” she continued.
Farmer encourages families to set up more teepees in the future because she believes it adds to the powwow. “We have a lot of RVs in the campground and just reminding them the campground does not have services available to them or electricity,” encouraging them to make reservations early next year at the Buffalo Meadows RV campground.
Special guest Taylor Susan, Miss Indian World, attended and Wendy said her presence was enjoyed by all, “She did her best to make appearances throughout and was received very well at the venues she was able to attend.”
Farmer was also very happy to have Paulette Jordan, candidate for Idaho governor, join during the Thursday parade. “I believe she’s an inspiration to not only Indian women but an inspiration to all of our Indian people encouraging them to get to the polls and importance to vote.”