Logger Sports Day Saturday

  • Jul. 21, 2014 5:00 p.m.

Islanders wielding axes, saws, and caulk boots will flood the ferry this Saturday (July 26) for the fiftieth annual Sandspit Loggers Sports Day.”We’re hoping for good weather and a great turnout. There are lots of former king and queen loggers coming out, too,” said organizer Betsy Cranmer-Wourms.The festivities start out with a parade themed “The Fifties,” which leaves SuperValu at 9 am, circling the airport and heading down the main street to the logger sports grounds.The ball tournament begins shortly thereafter, starting at 9:30 am and running throughout the day.The main attraction, loggers sports, begin at 10 am and finish at 4:30 pm with an awards ceremony and the crowning of king and queen logger.Divisions include men, women, junior, and peewee competing in sixteen event categories, including axe throw, crosscut saw, pole climb, and log burling.”We added a few events this year. We’ve resurrected the crosscut saw events and tested them in Port Clements at Canada Day. Pole climb has also been resurrected. It used to be quite popular back in the day so we’re bringing it back,” Ms Cranmer-Wourms said.Brave souls will be scaling the greased pole throughout the day, in the hopes of taking the prize held on top.Finally, the full day of events culminates in an adult dance from 9 pm to 1 am featuring music by The Spitfires. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Northern Shores, SuperValu or Brady’s Bistro, $15.BC Ferries will not offer additional sailings for the weekend, said Director of Media Relations Deborah Marshall. Those making the trip from Graham Island should get to the Kwuna early Saturday or, better yet, think about a carpool.

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