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Quote of the Week
"Fireworks is dead. We thought we'd have some fun with it."
- Blairmore Fire  Department  


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The new Thunder in the Valledy T-Shirts on sale now.
People can purchase the shirts at the Sears store in Blairmore.
The annual tradition of the Blairmore Fire Department making and selling t-shirts for Thunder in the Valley will continue this year but in a very different way.
The Blairmore Fire Department will be selling t-shirts in memory of the cancelled Thunder in the Valley, an event that brought tens of thousands of people to the Crowsnest Pass.
Following hundreds of emails from locals and strangers, regarding the cancellation of this year’s Thunder in the Valley, the Blairmore Fire Department decided to continue the tradition of making shirts but in a different way.
“We’ve been having requests for t-shirts, so we made them,” said a spokesman.
The black shirts show a graveyard scene, with a hand sticking out of the ground. It is metaphorical to the “death” of Thunder in the Valley.
“Fireworks is dead. We thought we’d have some fun with it,” said a spokesman.
“We received four to five emails for phone calls a day asking if we are still going to sell the shirts, and how,” said a spokesman.

They’re disappointed. It’s a family event, and people looked forward to it.”
The fire department raised approximately $35 000 dollars to shoot the show, through various ways, including fundraisers, donations, 50/50, selling shirts and shooting firework shows in other towns and communities.
“We are very disappointed about the cancellation of Thunder in the Valley,”.
The Blairmore fire department expressed concerns and disappoints towards the cancellation of Thunder in the Valley an event that has taken place for the past 18 years.
The shirts will be sold for $20 dollars, and proceeds made go to other campaigns that will benefit the community. The fire department said that if they make a profit off the shirts, they will give the money to a non-profit group in the community.
As of Thursday, June 28th, 30 shirts have been sold. The shirts are limited in quantity and will probably be the last shirts the Blairmore Fire Department will make.
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