Dancers and their families from across Western Canada and the U.S. have begun arriving at the Kamloopa Pow-Wow grounds for the 37th annual event, one of the largest on the North American powwow circuit.
Veronica Seymour, one of the event’s co-ordinators, said Thursday that things are getting hectic, as might be expected with 10,000 guests showing up at the Secwepemc Arbour site.
As tradition holds, the event gets underway with the first of four grand entries on Friday at 7 p.m. Successive grand entries take place Saturday at noon and 7 p.m., and on Sunday at noon.
They're expecting the usual heat along with thundershowers over the weekend and Friday's forecast of 34 C is consistent with past years. However, the weather may bring some relief Saturday and Sunday with temperatures dipping down to 26 and 22 C, respectively.
Seymour said they are expecting 1,000 dancers to compete over three days with 10-15 drum groups participating as well. This year’s host drum is Black Bear. Sage Hills will be honourary host drum.
The powwow has a total prize payout of $77,000. It also offers one of the richest 50/50 payouts at $3,500. In addition to dancing, there is an art, crafts and trade show as well as an auction set for Saturday.