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7 Must-do events at the 62nd Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival

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7 Must-do events at the 62nd Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival

Squamish's legendary action-packed weekend of skill, speed and strength is back this B.C. Day long weekend and lumberjack or not, it’s well worth the hype.

Here are 6 must-do events at the festival.

1.  Kettle Boil Challenge

Teams of two will race to see who can get their water can to boil over the fastest. Enter the contest or cheer on the teams from the sidelines and see who will be crowned Kettle Boil Champions! Cash prizes for the top 3 finishers. Stay for the Lumberjack Chili Challenge and live music on the Squamish Valley Golf Clubhouse patio by Michael Kilby and Paul Coulter-Brown.

When: Thursday, August 1, 6:30 pm

Where: Squamish Valley Golf Course

Admission: Spectators are free; team entry fee: $20


2. World Championship Chair Carve

A chair carving contest unique to Squamish in which chairs of all shapes and sizes are carved out of logs using chainsaws. Judging and auctioning of chairs takes place at approximately 5:00 pm. Following the chair carving, stick around for wacky bed races, set to tear through Cleveland Avenue starting at 6:30 pm, followed by and an outdoor movie screening of Dumbo at 8:45 pm at Junction Park. 

When: Friday, August 2, 3-5:30 pm; Judging begins at 5 pm

Where: Winnipeg Avenue at Cleveland Avenue, across from MacDonald Realty

Admission: Free


3.  Kid's Festival

Something just for the kids! Take part in the many activities including races, face painting, bouncy castles, a bubble station, bean bag toss, mini golf, balloon art and many more. Don’t miss this event for kids of all ages.

When: Saturday, August 3, 9:30 am

Where: Junction Park, downtown Squamish

Admission: Free


4.  Axe Throw Invitational

Bragging rights are on the line once again at the Axe Throw Invitational. The field is limited to 30 entrants this year, so the competition is sure to be fierce! Spectators of all ages are welcome. Stay after the axe throw to watch a live band on Norman Rudy's patio from 8 pm to 11 pm. 

When: Saturday, August 3, 6:30 pm

Where: Norman Rudy's on the patio

Admission: Free


5.  Loggers Sports Shows

A true test of skill, strength and stamina not to be missed. Competitors begin moving up the ranks at Saturday’s novice and intermediate show for a chance to compete in Sunday’s world-class show where birling, the chokerman's race, pole bucking, springboard chop and tree falling are all part of the action. 

Local's tip: Be sure not to miss the Rotary Beef Barbecue which is a Squamish Days tradition and crowd favourite. 

When: Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 1 pm

Where: Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds


Saturday - Adults: $2; Seniors & Children (ages 6-11): $1

Sunday - Adults: $10; Seniors & Children (ages 6-11): $5


6. Festival Parade

A family favourite activity that brings out the spirit of Squamish. The parade will begin at Vancouver Street, travel up Cleveland Avenue and end at Pemberton Avenue. Bring the family and enjoy the fun! 

When: Sunday, August 4, 11 am

Where: Cleveland Avenue, downtown Squamish

Admission: Free


7.  Picnic at the Pavilion

Wrap up the long weekend with live music, food trucks, a beer garden and activities for kids at the Picnic at the Pavilion. MMA Fighter Jamey Horth is kicking off the event with a free boot camp to get the blood flowing and keep everyone energized for an awesome afternoon of music. The Pavilion stage will feature live music from Pierre Eady, Loam and Rock N Roll Circus.

When: Monday, August 5, 11:30 am

Where: O’Siyam Pavilion/Junction Park, downtown Squamish

Admission: Free

Visit squamishdays.ca for the full schedule. 

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