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Tattoo ready to make an impression

Members of the Calgary Stampeders Band of Outriders entertain staff at Kal Tire Thursday prior to the Okanagan Military Tattoo tonight and Saturday at Kal Tire Place. - Jennifer Smith/Morning Star
Members of the Calgary Stampeders Band of Outriders entertain staff at Kal Tire Thursday prior to the Okanagan Military Tattoo tonight and Saturday at Kal Tire Place.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

It will be an unforgettable experience for all those in the audience, as well as those taking part.

Vernon is about to host the biggest music, marching, dancing, singing extravaganza to ever hit town, as the Okanagan Military Tattoo marches into Kal Tire Place tonight and Saturday.

The public is obviously excited for the experience as tickets sales are going well.

“We’re going to be close to sold out,” said Norm Crerar, Okanagan Military Tattoo Society president.

It’s not just Vernon that is excited, people are coming from all over to take in the inaugural event.

“We’ve had people from Kelowna call today asking for directions to Kal Tire Place,” said Jane Weixl, receptionist of Kal Tire headquarters.

Staff at Kal Tire were treated to a sneak preview of the show Thursday at their office as the Calgary Stampeders Band of Outriders came to entertain them.

“They’re the best ever,” said Ken Downes, regional sales manager of the Kal Tire Mining Tire Group.

Downes has seen the different Stampeder bands hundreds of times as his daughter, Carla Rutz, is a former Stetson Band member.

Rutz came out with her own children to cheer on the band Thursday at Kal Tire.

“I was friends with a few people who are in the Outriders now,” said Rutz, who had her children up dancing and clapping along to the music.

The band members are equally excited to be a part of the Tattoo.

“The last Tattoo the Outriders were at was in Germany in 1996,” said music director Scott Willoughby.

It’s also the first time the band has been to Vernon, and many members took up opportunities to hit the local links and explore the area.

Along with the Outriders, the Okanagan Military Tattoo includes hundreds of dancers, drummers, piper and singers of all ages and heritages on a single stage, which has been transformed into a giant castle, complete with a moat.

 

For more information or tickets visit www.okanagantattoo.ca or www.ticketseller.ca

 

 

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