The organizers of AuroraFest, the 10-day long festival of wilderness and wildlife that put on events throughout Thompson Sept. 15-24, deserve credit for taking on a monumental task and making it come together. As they say, go big or go home, and the organizers definitely aimed to go big.
Every event over the course of the festival may not have been a sellout, but others exceeded organizers’ expectations, like the Guinness World Record for group wolf howling, which attracted twice as many participants as they had planned for. Their efforts definitely showed that a small group of people putting their minds to a task can achieve something impressive.
As Thompson prepares for some down times in the future, with Birchtree Mine scheduled to go on care and maintenance in a few days and the attendant loss of more than 100 jobs, having the chance to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall in a celebratory atmosphere was welcome. It was also a reminder that, now and in the future, one way to make sure something gets done is to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself, even if it sometimes seems like an impossible dream.