New shade is put on the dance arbor.
By LORI EDMO-SUPPAH
FORT HALL — Shoshone-Bannock Festival Coordinator and Fort Hall Business Council treasurer Tino Batt said the theme for this year’s event, “Celebrating Family and Friends” reflects in part the core purpose of the event.
He said an influx of guests, families and friends from sister tribes are anticipated because of the Bannock Gathering and Shoshonean Reunion and he would like to thank everyone for coming to Fort Hall.
A new shade will be put up at the dance arbor and there is also new restrooms and concession at the rodeo grounds.
A horseshoe tournament has been added that Joseph Wadsworth is coordinating.
Concerning the annual feast, because of a late and low run, there will be limited salmon at the white tent near the gambling arbor. “We are grateful for Tribal Fisheries for the donation of the salmon and buffalo meat.”
Shoshone-Bannock Corrections will be distributing potatoes near the Tribal Business Center on August 10 and 11 from 6 to 10 p.m.
The route for the Children’s and Festival parades has changed and the starting area is at the corner of East Agency and Eagle Roads with the route going west down Agency Road turning right onto Bannock Drive and into the Festival grounds.
Tribal Transportation advises the speed limits on Hiline, Ross Fork, Mission, Eagle and Agency roads is reduced to 25 miles per hour on a temporary basis during the Festival.
Batt encourages everyone to have a good time and to respect each other. “As many of you know, I was the co-coordinator with the late Delbert Farmer from 2008-2013 and took a break for two years.” Then in 2015, he assumed the coordinator to the present time.
Because of his re-election to the FHBC, Batt says it has been difficult to be effective. “I believe there is more potential and opportunity in promoting the annual Festival if someone had more time than I currently do,” he said. “I would like to thank everyone and every department that had a hand in making this event successful for the Tribes.”
He said the volunteer position would be advertised immediately. “I personally believe it should continue to be volunteer because it demonstrates an individual commitment in organization and self gratification of a successful event.”
Batt said the Festival has grown gradually but with limited funds they continue to accomplish one task at a time and there still improvements that need to be done. “Tribal members should be honored that we do our best to keep the grounds green and groomed compared to other outdoor powwows I have attended.”
He noted they will never win the war with gophers as they’ve tried multiple techniques, “We can’t fight God’s creation.”
“I encourage the membership to put up their teepees and shade as it reflects our dedication and efforts we put into setting up camp for our families and friends,” Batt concluded.