NEWS RELEASE | November 30, 2020
From: Okanagan Military Tattoo
Okanagan Military Tattoo to Return in 2021 With New Venue
- Tickets are now on sale for the 2021 Okanagan Military Tattoo which will be held outdoors at the Armstrong Fair Grounds next Summer on the evenings of July 23 and 24.
- The Okanagan Military Tattoo team has begun planning what they promise will be a safe and unforgettable event that combines military precision, live music, special effects and fantastic entertainment.
- Norm Crerar, President of the Okanagan Military Tattoo said “The past few months haven’t been easy for anyone, however we are now looking forward to 2021 and we are committed to delivering a safe, thrilling and uplifting spectacle for our audiences.
- Due to the uncertain availability of Kal Tire Place resulting from the Covid pandemic and the long term planning required for an event of this magnitude, the Tattoo’s Organizing Committee opted to move the 2021 show to the City of Armstrong. Kal Tire Place has hosted the Tattoo since its inception in 2014.
- The Mayor and Council of Armstrong are excited about the move to the Armstrong Fair Grounds and look forward to hosting the world class event.
- The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce is hoping the Tattoo will have a positive impact on local businesses that have been struggling for the past nine months.
- The Armstrong Fairgrounds offers significantly more seating than Kal Tire Place. While the Organizing Committee hopes the Covid pandemic will be a thing of the past by the end of July, the 2021 seating plan has been considered to allow social distancing measures, should it be necessary.
- The Armstrong Fairgrounds also offer facilities ideal for rehearsals, change rooms, meals and more. The Lord Strathcona’s Horse Mounted Troop has been invited to perform and the availability of the stables for their horses will be most welcome.
- While the two evening performances will take place in Armstrong, the lack of accommodation available in Armstrong will mean that most of the performers will be staying at hotels in Vernon. Historically the Tattoo provides hotel accommodation for several hundred performers.
- While the cast of performers will not be confirmed until the Spring of 2021 invitations and discussions are ongoing with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Calgary Police Service Pipes & Drums, the Calgary Round-Up Band, the Mounted Troop of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), the British Columbia Dragoons, the Kelowna, Shuswap, Kamloops and Kalamalka Pipe Bands and the Okanagan Tattoo Dancers. We also hope to have a contingent of cadets from Camp Vernon.
- The City of Armstrong has strong Celtic roots and even has its own Tartan. The City is exploring the possibility of adding some Celtic activities in conjunction with the Tattoo. If deemed feasible, these activities might include a Highland Games, a Gathering of the Clans or a Parade.
- All seating for the 2021 Tattoo is on a “rush” or “festival” basis. There is no reserved seating. This will allow ticket prices to remain affordable but also means the best seats are on a first come first served basis. A large number of seats will be set aside for people with mobility issues.
- Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and veterans. Youth (18 and under) will be admitted free of charge with the purchase of an adult or senior / veteran ticket. Individual youth tickets outside the 1:1 (adult youth) ratio can be purchased for $20. A 10% discount will be available for groups paying for 10 or more tickets.
- Tickets to the 2021 Okanagan Military Tattoo are available at the Ticket Seller Box Office 3800 – 33 Street, Vernon, BC , by phone 250-549-7469 or on line at Ticketseller.ca
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