Morning News-Lisa Lete
Boy Scouts from Fort Hall (Eagle Troop #199 ) are among the many volunteers who have put many hours into preparing for the 51st annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival. Teens (from left) Jared Pabawena, Isaiah Ferreyra and Parker Marshall donated their time on Friday afternoon to paint the announcers booth on the festival grounds in preparation for the big event Aug. 7-10 in Fort Hall.
FORT HALL â€” The enthusiasm was contagious as organizers for the 51st annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival (Aug. 7-10) gathered at the Festival Arbor in Fort Hall on Friday to share the new and exciting events slated for this year's annual powwow themed: "Connecting Families Through Tradition and Pride."
This year's new festival coordinator, RoseAnn Abrahamson who has organized prestigious events throughout the nation, working with celebrities such as President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, believes this will be the "best festival yet."
Abrahamson claims that there are already over 400 entrants signed up for the rodeo and that the vendor booths are sold out. Speaking of the entertainment, the food, the sporting events, and more, Abrahamson exclaimed, "We are bringing in the 'best of the best.'"
"We are so excited, there is just so much...so much" Abrahamson went on. "There will be legendary drum groups, and dancers and singers that are rarely seen. We are bringing in the 'Rolling Stones' of the Indian country drum groups."
See Saturday's Morning News for the full story.