September 23, 2019

Sustainival returns to Fort McMurray for its eight year

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Sustainival is making its way back to Fort McMurray for its eighth year on June 13 to June 17 in MacDonald Island Park’s parking lot.
“We’re thrilled to be returning to the community that has helped the organization grow and evolve over the years,” said Odette Hutchings, Executive Director of Sustainival.
“Since the festival first began, we have expanded to Lethbridge and Edmonton. We hope to bring Sustainival to more cities in the future, but Fort McMurray will always be a particularly special place.”

New Ride Coming to Sustainival 2019

Sustainival – the World’s First Green Midway – will be featuring its new ride called the Frenzy at this year’s event. The Frenzy is a thrill ride and new to Canada festival-goers. It’s a pendulum-style ride with seats up to 12 passengers, and it swings the riders to a height of 60 feet.

Sustainival is a one-of-a-kind festival with 45 adrenaline-filled attractions and exhilarating rides. Though, unlike other carnivals, the rides are powered by renewable energy. It also has all the traditional fair food and games.
“We run our entire midway on renewable energy called biofuel, and there are tons of free, exciting and educational components for all ages to enjoy,” Hutchings explained.
“All our rides, games and food outlets use sustainably-sourced power to run. The largest source we use is biofuel, which is made from vegetable oil waste and often collected from deep fryers in restaurants. So, if you’ve had French fries in the past few weeks, you may have helped power part of Sustainival.”

Extra Day for More Play

Starting on June 13, this year’s event is extended by an extra day and will host later hours. From Thursday to Saturday, it will be open from noon to 11 p.m. On Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. and on its last day (Monday, June 17) until 6 p.m.
The festival is also free to attend with no gate admission. Guests can explore the entertainment, educational exhibits, the Green Beast Eco Challenge and community market for free.
The community market is an expansion to Sustainival as organizers want to offer a space to unite grassroots organizations and local businesses with residents.
“Sustainival has started on expanding our social sustainability mandate by inviting local non-profits, grassroots organizations and local business to have a booth at Sustainival,” said Hutchings.

“Attendees will get to learn about local organizations working in the RMWB community and the organizations can use Sustainival as a platform to gather and engage with the public, reaching new audiences and building community connections.”
Sustainival is now offering Ride-All-Day passes in advance for $30 until June 9. Passes will also be available during the festival for $45. To learn more about Sustainival, visit www.sustainival.com. Click here to purchase tickets in advance on Eventbrite.

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Dawn Booth is the Editor-in-Chief of YMM Parent Magazine. As a local freelance journalist and owner of the communication service, Media Booth. She has lived in Fort McMurray since 2007 and has actively worked in the Wood Buffalo region's media industry as a newspaper editor for over a decade.

Her passion is writing poetry and volunteering in the community. Most important, Booth puts her family of five first; which includes her husband Ryan, two sons Landon, 8, Dawson, 7, and daughter Tess, 4.