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Eighth annual Yodelfest tickets selling out fast

By: Patricia Riley

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 05:18 pm

Miriam Dreher, organizer of Yodelfest, says she wants to promote the lost art during this year's event on May 5 at the Town and Country Centre.
Miriam Dreher, organizer of Yodelfest, says she wants to promote the lost art during this year's event on May 5 at the Town and Country Centre.
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The eighth annual Yodelfest will attract people from across the country, May 5.

Miriam Dreher, the organizer of the event, said over the years, she has had guests from Switzerland, England, across the U.S. from as far as Arizona and New Mexico, and all across Canada.

“I’ve been receiving calls all across Canada about it,” said Dreher. “Every year has been a sellout.”

She said she looks forward to having special guests return this year, including the Honorary General Consul of Switzerland and Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown.

“It’s really been an outstanding event,” said Dreher, who will yodel at the event.

There will be a number of groups performing, including: the Calgary Swiss Yodel Club, Calgary Swiss dancers, 17-year-old World Junior Champion Michael Bridge, the Keister Family Fiddlers, and Miriam and the Mountaineers.

Dreher said seniors love it because they don’t hear yodeling on the radio anymore, so it’s a chance to celebrate their love for it – live.

Dreher said yodeling – which originated in Northern Europe, best known in Switzerland and Austria – dates back more than 2,000 years. It was first used for communication before entertainment, decades later. She said cowboys used it to calm down their cattle.

Dreher hopes to expand knowledge at the Yodelfest, as each year, she begins the event with a brief introduction of the history of yodeling. She said she hopes to interest younger generations too.

“I’m doing this to reserve, promote and protect the art of yodeling,” said Dreher. “I feel it is a lost art.”

She said the Airdrie Air Cadets will be serving refreshments again this year and all of the proceeds they make will go towards the organization.

Proceeds from the event are donated to Mission Aviation Fellowship - an international organization that supports thousands of families around the world by responding to their needs via airplane.

Dreher said people started ordering tickets before Christmas and she only has 70 left (as of April 2). They are $25 to buy in advance, $30 at the door, and $23 for group tickets.

They are available at Panda Flowers, Music Centre Canada on Main Street, and the Shoppers Drug Mart on Eighth Street.

The event will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Town and Country Centre.

For more information, contact Miriam’s Music at 403-948-1961 or yodellove@yahoo.ca


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