Tattoo sounds off in August

Planning is well underway for the Okanagan Tattoo, which will be held Aug. 2 and 3 at Kal Tire Place.

The sounds of the military will be heard throughout Vernon next summer.

Planning is well underway for the Okanagan Tattoo, which will be held Aug. 2 and 3 at Kal Tire Place.

“The tattoo will feature pipe bands, brass bands, massed bands, drill teams, first responders, ethnic dancers, an orchestra and a community choir,” said Norm Crerar, Okanagan Military Tattoo Society president.

“As it will be exactly 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, there will also be a special tribute to our veterans.”

Crerar anticipates as many as 400 performers will participate and about 200 volunteers will be involved in hosting the event.

The Okanagan Tattoo will emulate the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and Victoria’s Pacific Tattoo.

“A number of groups have already confirmed their participation in the tattoo and details will be released to the public in the next few weeks,” said Crerar.

Tickets for the tattoo will be available at the Ticket Seller in early December.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available and the society will be calling for volunteers in the next few weeks.

“The society’s goal is to produce and present a world-class cultural event that will stimulate Canadian patriotism, educate youth, recognize our country’s debt to the Canadian military and RCMP, and attract tourists to Vernon and the Okanagan area,” said Crerar.

For information, go to www.okanagantattoo.ca