Logger Sports Day is Saturday!

  • Jul. 20, 2012 12:00 p.m.

Submitted by Heather Brule–What do the ‘Full Bore Inn’, ladies in pink, caulk boots, burgers, beer and Sandspit have in common? You guessed it- Loggers Sports Day (LSD) 2012 in Sandspit this Saturday, July 21. Historically, Sandspit has been a logging town, proud of it’s history and of it’s hard working men and women. Once a year those skilled loggers would get together and challenge each other, with the best man in agility, strength, and precision walking away with bragging rights. To this day, we get together and see which man, woman and novice will bring out the best logging skills on the island. Over the years, a number of events have disappeared but others have started in their place. Last year, a crowd favorite, the Greased Pole, was erected with daring participants climbing (correction- trying to climb the pole) to reach the prize on top. This year’s new event, Tug-of-War, is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Anyone or any group can participate, so be sure to get a team together and register! Leading up the LSD on Saturday is the 2012 Sandspit Reunion Week. People who have lived in the community at any point in their lives are returning to reminisce and enjoy the sunshine! Reunion events include participation in Burger Night at Willows Golf Course on Wednesday, July 18; a friendly game of Beer Ball Thursday evening July 19; and a 9-hole golf tournament on Friday, July 20. For more info please check out the Facebook website. If you’re a little put off by travelling or don’t have transportation, Haida Gwaii Regional Recreation Commission will be sponsoring free transport to Sandspit on Saturday for the event. The bus leaves Old Massett at 8:30 am and continue south. If you would like to catch a ride, please email/ FB message/voicemail Haida Gwaii Recreation at 250-626-5652? or Toll Free: 1-888-557-4418; ? qcirec@gmail.com. This year the parade will start at 11:00am sharp at SuperValu and will end at the LSD grounds just in time to kick off the start of the loggers events competition. For the last few years, Broads on Quads, have been a crowd favorite and the number of riders has increased. Last year the ladies wore official t-shirts of the Anti-Bullying campaign and were supported by the whole community. For children who aren’t keen on competing in the junior events there will be lots of other activities including the U-peddle, kids zip line, reading tent, face painting and much more. For adults who aren’t keen on competing in the events, the beer gardens and concessions will be available and well stocked. Keep your eyes open for Loggers Sports Day Raffle Tickets with prizes including a signed Sid Dickens tile, hand carved model loading truck and hand painted circular saw.Last year husband and wife team of Shain and Marlee Olsen took the King and Queen and if competing again, competition will be hard to beat. Men, women and novice will all have a chance to win a heap of prizes including cash. Some of the events include the crowd favourite choker race, axe throw, horizontal and standing chop, obstacle pole buck, peevee log roll and log burling. After the sun sets, the festivities will continue with a toe tapping dance at the community hall. Hope to see you all there whether competing in caulk boots or cameras ready! If you would like more info, please check out the Facebook page or contact Betsy Cranmer at 637-5475. For a complete schedule of events, see Islands This Week included in this Observer.

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