The Grand River Champion of Champions Powwow will no longer be held at Chiefswood Park. Event organizers shared last week that the powwow will take place at the Ohsweken Speedway.
“Nya:weh to Chiefswood Park where we called home for over 40 years and to Six Nations Council for their continued support,” said Charlene Bomberry, powwow committee member, in an April 19 press release. “Please watch out on our website and social media for more information.”
Bomberry told the Two Row Times that the main reason for the powwow’s change of location is due to lack of space at the park.
“It’s too small over there now so we decided we needed a spot with more space for parking and vendors,” said Bomberry. “There’s been renovations made at the park in the last few years which has taken up parking spots and areas that we would normally use for vendors. There is plenty of parking at the speedway and it will be much more bright.”
Since this is the first year the powwow has been held since the COVID-19 pandemic and the location is changing, Bomberry said she and many others are excited to get together again.
“We’re most excited to see everyone again. Dancers, vendors, visitors, friends and family—it’s going to be so nice having everyone come back out. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to attending the powwow this summer,” said Bomberry.
Bomberry said that normally there are powwow events on the Friday night, but there will not be any this year since the Speedway has a race scheduled.